We know that the Caffeine in coffee can raise blood pressure temporarily
… but does caffeine drive up stress levels?
YES, it does. Drinking four or five cups of coffee a day makes the body act as if it is under constant stress.
We also know that the Caffeine in coffee as well as in other drinks, such as tea and sodas, can raise blood pressure temporarily.
The trouble is, that when we are under increased stress we tend to consume more caffeine. The more caffeine we drink, the more stressed we get. And if we already have a heart disease, well you can guess the rest.
Should I Continue Drinking Coffee
If you are addicted to your coffee, the last thing you want to stress about is being told that you have to stop. So we are not going to do that.
What we will say is that if you are sensitive to it or have heart disease ask your health professional for advice.
Because drinking four or five cups of coffee a day makes the body act as if it is under constant stress. Combine that with additional life / work pressures, it can increase blood pressure significantly, leading to an increased risk of long-term heart disease.
A study of 72 regular coffee drinkers by researchers at the Duke University Medical Center found that they produced high levels of adrenalin and non-adrenalin hormones.
Professor James Lane, who took part in the research, told a behavioural medicine conference: “Moderate caffeine consumption makes a person react like he or she is having a very stressful day.
In conclusion; does caffeine drive up stress levels? Yes, it does. And if you combine the effects of real stress with the artificial boost in stress hormones that comes from caffeine, then you have compounded the effects considerably.
Over a two-week period, the coffee drinkers’ adrenalin levels increased by 32% and a 14% rise in nonadrenalin levels. Their blood pressure rose by an average three points. Their hormone levels remained high until nightime, even when coffee was last consumed before 1pm.
Professor Lane said a regular boost of three points in blood pressure could contribute to health problems.
Studies have shown that a rise of five points in diastolic blood pressure – the bottom number in blood pressure readings – can increase the risk of stroke by 34% and the chance of suffering a heart attack by 21%.
Professor Lane says most studies have looked at the effects of caffeine in the laboratory.
The new research, funded by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, studied people in their normal working environment.
No significant risk
However, the British Heart Foundation (BHF) says moderate amounts of caffeine should not cause problems for healthy people. Although, other studies have shown there is no significant increased risk of coronary heart disease for people who drink up to six cups of coffee a day.
However, some people are more sensitive to caffeine and may experience changes in heart rhythm after drinking coffee. And for people who suffer dizziness and tiredness because of low blood pressure, coffee can have beneficial effects if taken before a meal.
For people with high blood pressure, the BHF says there is no proof drinking decaffeinated coffee prevents high blood pressure.
When we are under stress our bodies are functioning in survival mode (fight, flight or freeze)
Our immune system weakens, we tend to be more reactive (rather than responsive), more guarded, defensive (crying over spilt milk). And most importantly – our quality of life, our life satisfaction is lowered.
Vedic Meditation is one of the most powerful techniques available for reducing stress and anxiety. As a result, you no longer store as much stress and tension in your body. This allows you to start responding to life with a positive attitude – relaxed, resilient and care-free. It is also one of the easiest to learn and simplest to practice.
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