As Americans we have one thing in common. I do realize this occurs across the globe, however I am writing about America. We have an urge to speed ourselves up. From the moment the majority of us wake up, we're in search of some sort of eye opener. Typically this comes in the form of coffee. For me personally, its energy drinks. We all need something to get us going. Which has many different reasons-- but mainly centers around the fact that we just don't get enough rest. Our bodies are demanded many things on a daily basis. We're fighting against: stress, and insomnia. We're a mass of caffiene based junkies. We're Caffeinated America.
This started as far back as many of us can fathom. I won't get into statistics, but we've been drinking coffee as a nation for quite some time now. The real question is what this is actually doing to us? Caffeine is a stimulant. It speeds up your heart rate, and tweeks your production. However, there are many different stipulations of what caffiene is doing to our bodies. Coffee alone can have a very negative effect on people. It makes the heart beat faster, and in turn makes it work twice as hard. If take in too large of quanitities, it can also cause palpatations. However, at least coffee is natural.
While sitting back with a nurse friend of mine, we were discussing energy drinks. I was talking about how I basically run off of them. She told me something very interesting which I never thought about. Energy drinks are a new invention. Really, they're most popular amongst those who were born in the 80's, 90's & after the millenium. Because of this fact, the proper research has not been conducted on them. The medical community has absolutely no idea of the effects of energy drinks on our bodies. One day, this could be the next killer-- and we don't even know it yet. Just like those who smoked ciggarettes in the past, and didn't know the down falls. We could be doing the same thing to our bodies.
Yet the worse part is, I don't want to stop. Just like the majority of Americans, I am dependant on caffeine to survive. It makes me productive, and alert. Even writing this I am realizing how rediculous this is. I am a caffiene addict. I don't fiend for it, but if I don't have it-- head aches and aggitation do occur. How rediculous is that? No it may not be a hard drug. It may not be terribly bad for my body (for what I know). However, its an addiction none the less. The worse part is that I know that I am not alone. I am one of many, I am part of Caffienatd America.
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