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Caffeine Coffee is
the most widely used beverage in the world aside from
The effects of caffeine
vary based on a number of factors, from one person to another. For
some individuals one large cup of coffee (150 milligrams of
caffeine) can make them nervous, jittery and produce insomnia.
Other individuals can become just as high strung and anxious with
the amount of caffeine in one can of cola (around 45 milligrams of
Caffeine stimulates the
central nervous system. As a result, caffeine produces many
physiological effects. It speeds up heart rate, increases stomach
acid, and acts as a diuretic. Caffeine increases the rate at which
the resting body loses energy, and as such has been used to aid
many people in their dieting. However, a tolerance towards caffeine
will develop, making the benefits seen in dieting unsuitable in the
The stimulant and fat
burning properties of caffeine have proven to be advantageous in
many different sports, bodybuilding included. Bodybuilders can help
an energy drained workout session by drinking some coffee to get
the most out of it. Caffeine plays an important role in the few
weeks pre contest where dieting has made energy levels lower, and
increased exercising is taking place.
Another role caffeine
seems to fill is acting as a natural diuretic. Most coffee drinkers
will admit that urine output is increased when additional coffee is
consumed. Like many diuretics, caffeine interferes with the
body’s water conservation systems. For endurance athletes,
this could pose a danger as it increases the chances of becoming
dehydrated. However, for a bodybuilder, caffeine may help to lose
those few extra pounds of water and present a ripped physique.
Researchers have known for several years that caffeine helps speed
up the oxidation rate of fat. The reason for this is presently
An increase in strength
levels has been seen by bodybuilders and powerlifters consuming
caffeine prior to their workouts. Although the explanation for this
is currently unknown as well, athletes all around the world have
taken advantage of this property.
It is very possible, and
even likely to become addicted to substances containing caffeine if
taken in high doses or over the long term. Tolerance may also
develop, and it may require more and more caffeine to produce the
Caffeine should not be
used by individuals with heart conditions. Also, given its diuretic
properties, those with kidney problems should be wary of excessive
caffeine use. The evidence which attempts to correlate caffeine
consumption with increased likelihood of heart disease, breast
cancer, and birth defects has been sketchy and incomplete, at best.
The best advice is to avoid consumption of caffeine if you are an
individual with a history of heart disease in your family. As well,
contact your physician and discuss your situation if you require
classification, and to be safe. Pregnant women may want to avoid
drinking caffeine altogether, or if not, at least limit consumption
to less than two cups per day. Given the acidic nature of caffeine,
individuals with ulcers or other stomach ailments should be wary of
Many sports federations
have banned the use of caffeine in events. Otherwise, there are
very few legal issues involved with caffeine.
Although coffee is the
most popular method of consuming caffeine among the general public,
it does have one big disadvantage - convenience. It is not very
efficient to spend time brewing coffee with other things to do. For
this reason, fast food restaurants and all night coffee shops have
become the norm for coffee drinkers. But even the time required to
purchase coffee can be less convenient than desired. Caffeine
tablets are very popular among late shift workers, as well as
bodybuilders. One problem with caffeine tablets is that they
contain the same caffeine content as a large cup of coffee, and
while it is easy to swallow several caffeine tablets, it is not so
easy to drink several large cups of coffee. As with any caffeine
containing substances, it is recommended that you do not overdo
Contrary to popular belief, a cup of tea contains about the same
amount of caffeine as a cup of coffee. Tea does not, however,
produce the same “kick” effect as a cup of coffee. Tea
will not keep a person up all night, and if this effect is
preferred, a cup of coffee would be more reliable.
These are very powerful
because they are loaded with both caffeine and sugar. Bodybuilders
will drink a great amount of cola to quench their thirst. However,
soft drinks have a diuretic like effect which can aggravate their
thirst due to the caffeine content.
These seeds come from the
cola tree. They contain caffeine and are chewed for their
stimulating effect. The nuts have a bitter and aromatic taste. They
have not become popular in North America because spitting in public
is unlawful, and not culturally accepted.
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