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Beating the coffee habit

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By Raina Dawn Lutz

Are you a dedicated coffee drinker? Is coffee your religion?

Many of my family, friends and clients use coffee on a regular basis, and I was always surrounded by coffee when I was younger.

I even learned to make coffee for my parents at the tender age of 7.

We know it as a morning ritual and a pick-me-up, something we do with old or new friends.

I have found balance with coffee and so have my clients, and I want to share our secrets with you.

Why do we care so much about coffee?

Caffeine is a stimulant, which is why most people drink it. It is the most commonly consumed psychoactive substance in the world. In the brain, it blocks the function of an inhibitory neurotransmitter (brain hormone) called Adenosine.

By blocking adenosine, caffeine increases activity in the brain and the release of other neurotransmitters like norepinephrine and dopamine. This reduces tiredness and makes us feel more alert.

There are numerous studies that show caffeine can lead to a short-term boost in brain function, including:

But if people are prone to anxiety it can induce panic attacks and quickly raise blood pressure.

There are also studies showing that caffeine can also boost metabolism (calories burned) by 3-11% and there are many blogs and articles about the health benefits of coffee........

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