Coffee – it’s Australia’s favourite stimulation these days. More than eight million of us drink coffee regularly, with average consumption having risen from 200ml/person in 1949 to 4000ml/person in 2006. We now make 5-billion cups of coffee each year, and a billion of these are bought while we’re eating out. We’ve gone from having one cappuccino machine in the country in 1953 to having one-in-three households owning one 2013. It’s a dream come true for the coffee industry…but is it all good news for us?
Just like cigarettes have nicotine, coffee has caffeine. This alkaloid is the powerhouse of our ‘hot cuppa’ and literally the reason most of us want to get up in the morning. And plants produce it as their own private insecticide. Yes, that’s right, the most popular stimulant in the world actually evolved to paralyse and kill bugs as they munched on leaves. Makes you realise how brave that first coffee drinker was…doesn’t it?
So if caffeine can be as effective against a critter as a size-12 shoe, what does it do to us? Well, if you can manage to drink around 85 cups in one sitting, it can kill you. Short of that, caffeine stimulates the central nervous system and the body’s metabolism. It increases the heart rate and respiration, is mood altering and acts as a mild diuretic. Caffeine achieves all this by blocking the adenosine hormone receptors in the brain and major organs. As the body enters – or wants to enter – a period of rest, it releases adenosine. However when caffeine is ingested, it stops the nerve cells receiving the ‘rest’ message from the adenosine. Without the ‘rest’ message, the stimulated nerves demand a shot of adrenalin to keep going instead – and it’s this latter hormone that speeds up the heart, the breathing and the bladder.
Long term exposure results in a caffeine tolerance, which means the body becomes over sensitised to adenosine. If we stop with the caffeine the body is suddenly ‘bombarded’ by the adenosine – something the nerves have almost forgotten about – the results usually being a drop in blood pressure, lethargy and headaches. Meanwhile, consuming more than 250mg of caffeine a day (that’s about four cups of coffee) can lead to caffeine intoxication – symptoms of which include insomnia, nervousness, an over-active bladder and hallucinations.
All in all, this drug can put our body and mind through the wringer, and like anything that alters our moods or actions it’s not something to be taken lightly. However, at least when compared to similar alkaloids like nicotine, caffeine appears to have more than the average number of benefits. A 2002 Dutch study of 17,111 adults found that drinking seven cups of coffee a day halved the likelihood of developing type 2 Diabetes. Further studies since then have confirmed the results, with additional findings showing a 25% decrease in type 2 Diabetes risk when consuming three to four coffees a day. Caffeine has also been shown to improve the effectiveness of headache medications when the two are combined, while a team from the Duke University of Medicine recently discovered that four cups of coffee a day can reduce non-alcoholic fatty liver disease.
But, as you may have noticed from most of these studies, beneficial levels of coffee consumption equal or exceed the point where coffee drinkers may start suffering from caffeine intoxication, so with the good comes the bad.
Are you in need of pain relief?
Contact us about a Bowen Therapy session tailored specifically for you. No Referral Necessary!
Benjamin Setter was involved in a motor accident in January 1991. The injuries sustained left him with a severe spinal curvature. Through a family friend, Benjamin received one Bowen Therapy treatment every week for three months. At the end of this period Benjamin was relieved and surprised to find ...Read More
Neck Pain Relief... Let us start with what can cause neck pain? While most people assume injuries happen playing sport, twisting the wrong way or lifting something – the truth is sitting around can be just as bad for the body. So what warning signs should you be looking out for when it comes to p...Read More
Some of the automatic benefits enjoyed by our clients at Setter’s Health Centre. Seniority: Benjamin is the most senior Bowen Therapy Practitioner in Townsville. As such he has seen a wide variety of clients and many varied situations that it is second nature for him to advise you on possibilitie...Read More
Multiple Sclerosis Relief With Bowen Therapy!! On Monday my Mother June and I had an incredible coffee meeting with Ian & Wendy Alley. Ian having been diagonised with Multiple Sclerosis in 1993 and came to see June and me to see if Bowen Therapy could help? As Bowen Therapy had only been tau...Read More
At Setter's Health Centre who have helped clients for over 26 years & offers a relaxed and professional environment. Testimonial Wonder!!! I found Ben during my first pregnancy, and in an effort to avoid induction, had my first ever Bowen Therapy. Although overdue, I went into labour the nig...Read More
The Inaugural Bowen Therapy Clinic of Townsville began at Setter’s Health Centre in November of 1991. Contact us about a Bowen Therapy session today! [gallery ids="9164,7694,7830,8253,8254,7732,8308,8168,9447"] The Inaugural Bowen Therapy Clinic of Townsville began at Setter’s Heal...Read More
Bowen Therapy Pain Relief Townsville EST 1991... Welcome To Setter's H.C. Bowen Therapy Pain Relief Townsville EST 1991. Are you looking for pain relief in Townsville? Try our gentle healing technique at Setter’s Health Centre. We employ the Bowen Therapeutic Technique – Bowen Therapy, which ...Read More
Bowen Therapy Townsville... Pain Relief Specialists in Townsville for 26 years. Contact Setter's H.C. for effective relief of Pain & Injury. Health Funds Approved! Bowen Therapy Townsville: Today’s lifestyles demand more and more from our bodies without always giving anything in return. We ar...Read More
Our backs have been with us for a long time…and not surprisingly sore low backs just as long. If your Upper back is hurting, first of all, make yourself more comfortable. Take a long cushion with you, particularly in the car or at work. If you’re sitting for long periods, stand up and walk a...Read More
Ask a question or book an appointment07 4728 8800
6 Fulham Road, PimlicoView Map
Bowen Therapy and Massage Therapy Specialists