Skip coffee to avoid fatigue.

Diet & Nutrition

Coffee is your go-to morning essential. That caffeine infusion perks you up and if you keep pouring throughout the day it will keep you going. But if you want to reduce the fatigue in your life, step away from that mug.

You may think that skipping coffee will create fatigue, but that’s a short-term view.

Chemically, the caffeine in coffee resembles the neurotransmitter adenosine in your brain. Adenosine slows your brain down to ready it for sleep. Caffeine fools the brain by binding to the same receptors as adenosine, but it has the opposite effects. The brain does not slow down, but stays active.

The brain activity eventually gets your adrenal glands to produce more adrenalin, causing reactions like dilated pupils, increased blood pressure and heart rate, and more sugar in the bloodstream.

Your body is pumped for fight or flight, but the adrenalin has stopped, leaving you wide open to fatigue and depression. Worse, if it’s near bedtime, it will definitely mess with your sleep.

So drinking coffee sets your body up for a lot of ups and downs. Drinking it perks you up, but as the caffeine wears off you crash, so you need to drink more to wake up again. It’s like having a balloon with a hole in it. You can keep blowing it up, but it will keep deflating unless you plug that hole.

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