Caffeine – Ally Or Foe?

By park jeery
Posted Tuesday, November 18, 2014 at 01:54pm EST

For most of us, the best part of our morning is that cup of steaming coffee we sip. But is this cup of java actually good for us? We show you how to decide where you fall in caffeine scale.

Caffeine for a healthier brain

We usually drink coffee when we want re-energise at work place especially in the gloomy afternoon. Caffeine on account of its stimulant effect on the central nervous system both, raises metabolism as well as increases the oxidation of fatty acids. It not only keeps you awake but also makes you sharper, more efficient and active.

Coffee to the rescue

An alcohol binge often ends with you being drunk which in turn leads to a bad hangover. Do this on a regular basis and you will have to deal with problems like memory loss, drowsiness, as well as liver and kidney failure. If you consume alcohol often, then ensure that you have a cup a cup of coffee a day, which reduces your chances of developing liver cirrhosis (disease caused by excessive alcohol consumption that could lead to liver failure and cancer) by 20 per cent.

Glowing skin

Coffee can also be used to get glowing skin. Pamper yourself with a coffee grounds facial. You need:

2 tablespoons freshly ground coffee

2 tablespoons cocoa powder

2 tablespoons milk

1 tablespoon honey

Massage this chocolate-coffee mask to your skin in the morning. Allow to dry for 15-20 minutes then rinse it off. This mask will tighten pores, add moisture to your skin and remove oil and also reduce puffiness and swelling.

If you don’t have time to whip up this facial then simply take some coffee grounds and directly apply on your face. Scrub it gently on your dull skin for five minutes. For a more intensive treatment, add sugar and some olive oil which will moisturise your skin.

Emotionally lethargic

Caffeine certainly has phenomenal benefits but it also carries a side-effect when you intake more than 500 – 600 milligrams per day. One shouldn’t increase the consumption of coffee because it will energise you but it doesn’t let your body rest and leads to you experiencing mood-swings, and feeling restless and emotionally drained.

Sleep deprivation

The consumption of coffee will meddle with your sleep especially if you’re drinking this late evening. People claim that coffee doesn’t affect on them but that’s even worse because it signifies that you’re already having too much coffee and your body is building resistance towards it. Too much coffee causes insomnia and overall leads to a bad night’s sleep!

Cut back slowly

If you want to reduce your coffee intake, then gradually go from consuming 500 mg to 100 mg of caffeine as regular consumption can make you addicted to it and a sudden withdrawal can cause headaches, fatigue and decreased alertness.

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4 Amino Acids That Improve Energy and Mood

Carlson-L-Glutamine-Amino-Acid-Powder-088395068256by Elizabeth Walling,

Everywhere we look there are advertisements for anti-depressants, stimulants and other substances that are supposed to help us feel better and more energized, but time and again these drugs prove to be ineffective and even harmful in the long run. Amino acid supplements, on the other hand, are an excellent alternative therapy for treating lack of energy and low moods.

Julia Ross talks extensively about amino acid therapy in her books The Diet Cure and The Mood Cure (read my The Diet Curereview of The Mood Cure here). Supplementing with the right amino acids can boost deficient brain chemicals and make transitioning to a healthy lifestyle more achievable. It’s not uncommon to have trouble kicking habits like using tobacco, alcohol, caffeine and eating processed sugar foods. Many times cravings for these substances can be linked to neurotransmitter deficiency. Fixing your diet and lifestyle are the best ways to correct such a deficiency, but let’s face it: sometimes it feels impossible to make changes when our brain chemicals are off balance!

Amino acid therapy is generally very temporary if you are making other important changes in conjunction with the therapy. A few weeks or months is usually all it takes before doses can be tapered and eventually eliminated. I personally used amino acid therapy on and off for a period of about 12-18 months. Once I found which amino acids were most effective for me and got the dosage right, I discovered that changes were immediately noticeable. Today I no longer take regular doses of specific amino acids, though I do keep them around “just in case,” though I rarely feel the need to use them.

Here are four amino acids that particularly work to improve energy and mood:
(All the dosages below are based on Julia’s recommendations in her books, which I highly suggest reading before embarking on an amino acid therapy program. Remember it is always best to start with a small dose and increase as needed.)

4 Amino Acids That Improve Energy and Mood