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Correlation between caffeine and anxiety

Studies pointed out that individuals who regularly consume caffeine have a greater tendency to be anxious. Caffeine can contribute to panic attacks, even if nothing is explicitly triggering the anxiety. 

Individuals suffering from anxiety often attempt to switch to a milder caffeine option such as tea or avoid caffeine altogether.


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Caffeine raises your stress hormones

Caffeine raises your stress hormones

Caffeine increases stress because it raises blood pressure, causes heart palpitations, and increase stress hormones.

When you drink caffeine, especially if you can't function without it, it enters your brain and affects your stress hormones. In addition, when it is consumed in large quantities, your cortisol levels will be negatively affected. 


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Caffeine impacts neurotransmitter balance

Caffeine makes you feel alert because it blocks adenosine - a neurotransmitter that activates drowsiness and exhaustion. That is why caffeine often feels like a quick fix.

However, caffeine can cause serotonin depletion in the long run. When serotonin is low, there is a risk of mental health problems such as anxiety and depression.


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Caffeine causes insomnia

Caffeine causes insomnia

Caffeine can cause insomnia, particularly when consumed in the evening.

Instead of getting high-quality sleep, your sleep is disturbed. If you're someone prone to overthinking and anxiety, insomnia can cause a negative spiral in your thoughts and prevent you from having restorative sleep.


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Caffeine causes sensitivity

Some people can sleep after caffeine intake, while other individuals with anxiety can become caffeine sensitive. That is why they feel palpitations, restlessness, and jitters.

People can become caffeine sensitive because of their genes, metabolism, age, lifestyle, or medications that don't mix well with caffeine.


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It's easy to over-consume caffeine

Caffeine is no longer only found in coffee and tea. Caffeine can be found in sodas, coffee, tea, energy drinks, prescription drugs, painkillers, vitamins, and supplements.

A 1/4 tablespoon of caffeine can cause acute anxiety, so if you're sensitive to caffeine, it will likely affect you. One tablespoon of caffeine is enough to kill an adult.


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Caffeine reduces nutrients to your brain

Caffeine deprives your brain of nutrients that impact your mood and brain functions, such as Magnesium and Vitamin B. Magnesium plays a role in anxiety and depression, and Vitamin B is known as the anti-stress vitamin.

Anxiety causes reduced blood flow to your brain, and caffeine worsens it. That means that your brain gets fewer nutrients such as oxygen and water.


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Caffeine withdrawal

Caffeine withdrawal can cause anxiety. Anxiety is common in those who choose to quit drinking caffeine or even gradually reducing their caffeine intake.

This is more true for those who depend on caffeine to function, such as a morning cup of coffee. Withdrawal symptoms can last for a week or two.


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Added caffeine is dangerous

Added caffeine is dangerous

Not all caffeine is natural, such as caffeine found in sodas and energy drinks.

Added caffeine is made synthetically and can damage your health worse than natural caffeine. Synthetic or added caffeine is also found in painkillers and prescription drugs, making it easier to overdose on. 


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