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7 Reasons Why Caffeine is the New Sugar

Not long ago people didn't know whether 44g of sugar in a soda can was a lot or a little. Today, if you tell someone a 12oz cup of coffee has 235mg of caffeine, people don't know if that's excessive. 

Sugar can be tasty and caffeine can be beneficial, but in both cases the amount you consume determines whether it'd harmful or helpful.

09/15/23 | Audrey Singer 

1. Caffeine is a drug: dose matters

Like any potent drug, the effects of caffeine hinge critically on dosage. Too little might do nothing, and too much can catapult you into a nerve-jangling state of overdrive. It’s a fine line between waking up your brain and sending it into a frenzied dance of dopamine overload.

2. 50% of the population are slow metabolizers

Genetics play roulette with how you handle caffeine. About half of us metabolize caffeine slowly, stewing in its effects longer than we might want. This genetic twist means that a mid-afternoon espresso can still be ricocheting around your system long after the sun sets.

3. 6-hour half-life

Caffeine lingers in your bloodstream with a stubborn persistence, boasting a half-life of about 6 hours. This means half of your lunchtime latte is still pumping through your veins by dinner, keeping the wheels of wakefulness greased well into the night.

4. Excess causes stress, anxiety

Overdosing on caffeine can turn it from a mild stimulant to a major stressor. It triggers your body’s fight or flight response, which can lead to heightened anxiety and stress—a biochemical echo of sugar's own havoc on emotional stability.

5. Drinking too late causes poor sleep

Timing is everything with caffeine. A late dose can derail your sleep train, leaving you tossing and turning, as caffeine blocks the sleep-promoting chemicals in the brain and keeps your nervous system charged.

6. Caffeine withdrawal is a mental health disorder

Step away from caffeine, and you might just feel its claws. Withdrawal symptoms can range from headache and fatigue to acute depression and irritability, enough to earn it a spot in the DSM-5 as a recognized mental health disorder by the American Psychiatric Association.

7. The right amount can be beneficial

Amidst the caution, there’s a silver lining. In the right amounts, caffeine can enhance focus, energy, and even mood. MUD\WTR products blend functional mushrooms that provide energy and focus with no to low caffeine so you don't get the jitters and downsides.

If you made it to #8 you’re obviously serious about drinking less caffeine…

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