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Caffeine: Friend or Foe?

By Ariadna Bu
ariadna.bu001@mymdc.net

Most students run from class to class, part-time jobs, and extracurricular activities. Students try to squeeze their time as much as they can, but some rely on the wrong friend (caffeine) to create a few extra hours in their day.

Caffeine acts as a stimulant, the main reason students tend to abuse it. This stimulant can be your friend only if drunk in moderation. Using caffeine as a substitute for sleep can turn it into your worst enemy.

If you are one of those students who can’t live without a cup of coffee, energy drink, soda or any other caffeinated drink, you may want to take a moment to review the side effects of this dangerous habit.

Caffeine addicts may find abandoning this dangerous habit difficult. The process can be slow but not impossible. There are some other energy boosting alternatives that are not detrimental to your health.

FACTS:

10 common effects attributed to the abuse of caffeine:

1. Disorientation
2. Anxiety/agitation
3. Sleep disorders
4. Depression
5. Constant headache
6. Increased blood sugar
7. Increased heart rate
8. Irritability
9. Inability to concentrate
10. Stomach ulcers

Caffeine addicts may find abandoning this dangerous habit difficult. The process can be slow but not impossible. There are some other energy boosting alternatives that are not detrimental to your health.

Common replacements for caffeine

1. Natural fruit juice (mangoes, apple, berries)
2. Lots of water
3. Green teas (Ginseng)
4. Regular exercise


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