If you can’t get going in the morning (or afternoon) without your latte, if you’re hooked on pre-workout to take you through your reps at the gym, or if you drink cup after cup of coffee and can’t remember the last time you had a glass of water, this article is for you.
Caffeine. It wakes us up and it revs us up. It’s that little helper that can keep us alert, get our creativity flowing, and stave off our appetite.
It is also a drug that, if we overuse it, can harm us.
Caffeine is the world’s most widely consumed psychoactive drug and a central nervous system stimulant of the methylxanthine class. It is one of the few psychoactive drugs that is legal and unregulated in nearly all parts of the world. If you don’t know what a psychoactive drug is, the class also includes alcohol, cocaine, and cannabis.
How does caffeine work? When caffeine molecules bind to the adenosine receptors in brain cells they block adenosine, a neurotransmitter that signals the body it is time for sleep, from binding. This prevents you from feeling symptoms of drowsiness and makes it easier for dopamine to be released. The elevated levels of adenosine in the blood also cause the adrenal glands to release more adrenaline, so you feel amped up and happy.
But because your body responds to blocked adenosine by increasing neural activity, the pituitary gland is stimulated. This prepares your body for increased activity and more adrenaline is released from the adrenal gland to induce a number of responses throughout your body. The liver releases greater amounts of sugar into the bloodstream to increase energy, your pupils dilate, your heart rate accelerates, and your breathing tube opens in order to take in more oxygen.
But while increased adrenaline has some benefit, sustained high levels can be damaging to your physical and emotional health.
Although there is some argument in the medical system as to whether or not adrenal fatigue is an actual medical issue, overuse of caffeine can cause multiple health issues for men and women. For example:
-Men who drank more than four 8 fl.oz. cups of coffee per day in a Mayo Clinic partnered study had a 21% increase in all-cause mortality.
-The Mayo clinic also found that people who regularly drink caffeinated beverages have a higher average blood pressure than do those who drink none. Uncontrolled high blood pressure can lead to complications including stroke, aneurysm, heart attack or heart failure. It is also a precursor to metabolic syndrome, which is a cluster of disorders of your body’s metabolism. Metabolic syndrome will make you more susceptible to diabetes, as well as other illnesses.
-A study from The University of Nevada School of Medicine showed that caffeine can reduce a woman’s chances of becoming pregnant by about 27%. According to a study from researchers at the National Institutes of Health and Ohio State University, Columbus, a woman is more likely to miscarry if she and her partner drink more than two caffeinated beverages a day during the weeks leading up to conception.
Cutting down on caffeine use is a great way to avoid these and other health issues. Some ways of reducing caffeine consumption are:
-Drink coffee in moderation. Do you really need that quad venti latte? If you suffer from anxiety or depression, you especially don’t. Studies links caffeine intake to panic disorders and depression and that “patients with anxiety disorders may benefit by avoiding caffeine-containing foods and beverages”. If you still love the flavor (and the antioxidant benefits) switch to decaf.
-Try other caffeinated beverages such as yerba mate (high in theobromine) or matcha. Thanks to the L-theanine green tea contains, matcha has the same amount of caffeine per brewed cup (34 grams) but the release of caffeine is slowed and has a calming, relaxing effect.
Instead of drinking caffeinated beverages, use nootropic stacks to experience caffeine benefits. A high quality nootropic containing ENHANCED caffeine will provide more effect from less caffeine if it is combined with other nutrients, such as EGCG from green tea, B complex, and theobromine.
If you’re familiar with nootropics, you know that they are a powerful alternative that can optimize your energy and focus without side effects, tolerance build up, or dependency. And some of the best nootropics out there are being produced by a company called Limitless Life, including a product called MARK, designed to enhance focus using all-natural, sustainably and organically grown ingredients.
Limitless Life was founded by biohackers, human potential experts and serial entrepreneurs who were inspired to create nootropics after witnessing close friends and family become burnt out by living by the “work hard, play hard” motto. They believed there was a better way to increase focus, energy, and cognitive function so that every person could rise to their highest potential without resorting to dangerous stimulants.
MARK performs three critical feats of neurological chemistry. MARK improves dopamine flow within synapses in the brain, increasing smooth energy that can be put into action. And MARK pings the GABA receptors to reduce anxiety and stress to make staying focused effortless. Once you take MARK, it goes to work in 20 minutes and lasts up to 8 hours with absolutely no crash.
So, how is it possible to create such amazing results without resorting to prescription medications that may cause neurotransmitter damage? Thanks to years of detailed research, the MARK nootropic ‘stack’ combines proprietary compounds of Intellect Tree Seed, Saffron Stamens, and Citicoline to create an unparalleled neurological stimulant.
Intellect Seed Extract improves synaptic choline levels by providing oxygen to the brain, allowing synapses to fire faster and with more effectiveness. Saffron Stamens produce the same antidepressant properties as prescription medications without the long-term neurotransmitter damage, risk of suicidal tendencies, or chemical toxicity. Citicoline enhances mental processes related to memory, learning, logical reasoning and focus. Combined with a very fine-tuned, dense Vitamin B complex and Vitamin C, MARK will enhance your work like no other product on the market.
MARK does not build tolerance so you can take it every day, Thanks to the combination of a choline donor and amino acids. You can work deeply thanks to nutrition that supports clarity, energy, age reversal, emotional wellness, and cell sustenance all at once. And you can do all of that knowing that MARK is made from organically grown, sustainable ingredients grown by farmers all over the world who take pride in growing the highest quality plants.
Is MARK as effective as coffee, or other stimulants? According to an avid coffee drinker, MARK is a total game changer for those who know they need a safer option to avoid the long-term damage that stimulants can cause:
“I knew about the health hazards of drinking coffee for a few years now but knew I needed something to keep me going. I had used other focus products in the past but the results weren’t ideal. Sometimes, I felt too wired. Or I was anxious when I talked to clients. Or the brainstorming I did felt brilliant as I was doing it, but when I went back to it the next day, it was garbage.
When I tried MARK, it was as if the veil had been lifted. I was able focus on identifying my talents and strengths and use them to create solutions.
The day I took my third MARK, I went into a meeting with a prospective client and crushed it. I was all about results and spoke with the eloquence of a poet – no one would have been able to tell I had taken a supplement. My presentation was so solid that the client signed a social media management contract right then and there. It was big enough to allow me to go out and buy an Audi A6 – in cash.
It is as if MARK creates a filing cabinet in my mind and lets me find exactly the information I need right when I need it. I use MARK regularly and it’s no coincidence that my billing at my regular 9-5 has doubled.
I take MARK two times a week. There’s no crash, no weird buzz, no jitters. I can take MARK during the day and sleep soundly that same night. In fact, I have the sense that taking MARK has made my brain cognitively ‘cleaner’. Now, I feel like my creative resources are always available to me, whether I’ve taken MARK or not. But when I do, sky’s the limit.” – Griffin Riffe