Why Caffeine Causes Low Energy
It’s 3:00 in the afternoon and you’re hitting a major wall. If you lived in Spain, you’d be turning in for a siesta, but sadly you find yourself at work, stuck between a desk and a hard place. Most of us, in this situation, turn to coffee, soda, or an energy drink to help overcome the fatigue setting in. Unfortunately, as we all know, the desired effects only last a short time, causing us to rely heavily on caffeine in order to keep our energy levels up. Six cups of coffee every day? What if this caffeine we hail as the answer to energy was really doing the exact opposite?
Caffeine causes low energy.
Yes, read that line above again. Caffeine is actually making your low energy symptoms worse.
Good question! Caffeine actually crashes your system, taking your body’s stress levels for a rollercoaster ride while simultaneously depleting stress reserves, your body’s nutrients, and crucial neurotransmitters, like dopamine.
In the book Caffeine Blues by Stephen Cherniske, the effects of caffeine are shown to put your body into “fight or flight” response mode. In this state, adrenalin is released by an out of control neuron that fires over and over in your brain. This constant firing causes adrenal exhaustion, which, Cherniske explains, causes fatigue, anxiety, mood swings, sleeplessness, irritability, and depression.
Long story short: Caffeine is actually forcing your body to expend more energy. So that cup of coffee or energy drink you reach for each afternoon? It’s actually making you more tired.
If a siesta is out of the realm of possibility, there is another solution to increasing energy without caffeine. Energy By Science’s energy capsules are caffeine-free, working with your body to nourish the nutritional building blocks that are used to produce energy in your body. Unlike caffeine which forces energy output, our energy capsules support energy output, taking care of your body rather than depleting it.