Most people love a good cup of coffee. It comes in many forms: long black, short black, americano, percolated, latte, aeropress, pourover, macchiato or the good old Double Ristretto Venti Half-Soy Nonfat Decaf Organic Chocolate Brownie Iced Vanilla Double-Shot Gingerbread Frappuccino Extra Hot With Foam Whipped Cream Upside Down Double Blended to name a few!
No matter how you take it, one of the drivers many people drink it for is the caffeine, the worlds most consumed psychoactive drug. As a stimulant, caffeine acts on the brain and nervous system. In small doses, it can make you feel refreshed and focused. In large doses, you are likely to feel anxious and have difficulty sleeping.
Caffeine works on the body through production of the hormone adrenaline, which is produced by two triangular-shaped glands the size of walnuts located just above your kidneys, the adrenal glands. When your drink a cup of coffee, caffeine stimulates the pituitary gland at the base of the brain, which in turn alerts your adrenal glands to pump out adrenaline. With the release of adrenaline into your body, you get your "caffeine hit", putting your body in state of alertness.
Increased or regular consumption of caffeine, like many drugs, can lead to tolerance, requiring increasingly larger doses to produce the same effect. This, over time, can lead to adrenal fatigue, which is essentially a weakening of the adrenal glands due to overuse.
One way to overcome this is to limit your caffeine consumption by observing the caffeine content not only of your coffee, but other drink and food in your diet. One low or caffeine-free alternative to coffee is tea, a great way to start the day, or as a pick me up throughout the day. Why not try switching out your daily cup of coffee with a caffeine-free, antioxidant rich herbal tea like our GO THE F**K TO SLEEP blend or a low caffeine green tea blend like our CALM THE F**K DOWN.