A: Caffeine is not inherently ‘bad’, unless you experience adverse effects such as difficulty sleeping, restlessness, irritability, or an increased heart rate. Although variable among individuals, for the average adult, 400 mg/day is not associated with negative effects. This is equivalent to three eight-ounce cups of brewed coffee. Since caffeine is present in coffee, tea, energy drinks, pop, chocolate, and certain medications, it can add up quickly.
Caffeine increases focus and productivity by stimulating your adrenal glands to release hormones that boost energy and manage stress, such as epinephrine and cortisol. Long-term, poorly managed stress can eventually result in burnout, or ‘adrenal fatigue’. If caffeine isn’t having the effect it once did, this is one clue that your adrenal glands need rest and nourishment.
This is where a naturopathic doctor can help. Adrenal fatigue is incredibly common, and can be treated successfully with the right testing and individualized treatment plan, which may include nutrition, herbal medicine, and lifestyle counseling. Contact the clinic to make an appointment with Dr. Cooper today!
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