Does a Cup of Joe Help You Relax?

Are you trying to reduce your stress levels? Working to get more relaxation into your life? If these are some of your goals, then avoiding caffeine will assist you in achieving them. Consuming caffeine produces a prolonged stress response in the body. It raises levels of the “stress” hormones, increases blood pressure and heart rate, stimulates production of gastric acids and colonic contractile activity–to name a few! Yet caffeine is the world’s most popular psychoactive substance. With more than 500 new “energy drinks” launched last year, most of them targeted at youth, we can expect more intoxication and addiction than ever.

PositiveTip: Avoidance of caffeine in all forms is best! Whipping a tired horse only increases its fatigue.