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Research is finding that one reason so many people are addicted to coffee, is that they may be deficient in dopamine.
Dopamine is a neurotransmitter. And it is involved in things like:
Too little dopamine can also pose a problem. Too little, and we see things like:
However, it is also possible to have too much dopamine in the system. When this happens, we see a rise in aggression and intense sexual feelings. Illicit drugs like cocaine and methamphetamines strongly increase the amount of circulating dopamine.
According to the Nurses’ Health Study that was published in the Archives of Internal Medicine in 2011, coffee does in fact reduce the risk of depression.
The study was observational, which means that is was by no means conclusive.
However, while this research may give people the license to drink more coffee, it is misleading. This is because the coffee itself may then lead to an increase in the root of the depression by further taxing your system, creating more stress, and damaging the delicate pH of your stomach.
If you drink coffee on a regular basis but are struggling with health issues–even if minor, such as weight that won’t budge or low energy–it may be best to remove coffee altogether.
There are two important reasons:
However, gluten sensitivity does not end with wheat. Some foods are cross-reactive. This means that they stimulate a gluten reaction, even though they contain no wheat gluten. Coffee is one of the most common cross-reactive foods with wheat gluten.
For those who feel the coffee addiction, do some research on an amino acid called L-Tyrosine. Tyrosine is a precursor to dopamine and often helps give people the lift they need without the side effects. If it’s the taste you crave—there are natural coffee beverages on the market, like Dandy Blend, that will satisfy those taste buds.
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