Addictions (coffee, caffeine)
By Steven Horne, RH (AHG) & Kimberly Balas, ND

Caffeine may be the most widely used of all drugs, because it simply isn't regarded as a drug. Adults use it freely, and parents allow children to drink caffeinated sodas as casually as if it were lemonade. In spite of its innocuous reputation, excessive use of caffeine may cause serious damage to the brain and central nervous system. High blood pressure cases are particularly at risk.

The continued, habitual use of caffeinated beverages (coffee, tea, kola drinks) to sustain energy causes a person to become addicted to these substances. This addiction continues until the person is unable to sustain normal energy levels without the use of caffeine.

Caffeine stimulates epinephrine production, "upping" the function of the central nervous system. Habitual use of
excessive caffeine causes adrenal fatigue, anxiety, nervousness, insomnia and other nervous symptoms. It depletes the adrenals, causing fatigue. The longer caffeine is used, the more depleted the adrenals become and the more the person craves caffeine.

Herbs that strengthen the adrenals such as Licorice root, Adrenal Support and Nervous Fatigue Formula are helpful in caffeine withdrawal. These same products can also help with sugar addiction, which is often related to
caffeine addiction.

When a pick-me-up is needed, Energ-V, Cellular Energy or Target Endurance are safer ways to increase energy levels. Liquid Chlorophyll added to a glass of pure water provides a natural energy boost.
Chicory can be used as a coffee substitute. Many people start by blending coffee and Chicory, then gradually increase the amount of Chicory while reducing the amount of coffee.

Below is a list of suggested products. Those in bold are key products for the health issue explained on this page.
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Avoid Caffeine, Hydration, Low Glycemic Diet and Stress Management

Herbs: Eleuthero and Licorice Root

Herbal Formulas: Energ-V and Nervous Fatigue

Food: Chicori

Nutraceuticals: Adrenal Support, Cellular Energy, GABA Plus, Target Endurance

Flower Essences: Be Response-Able