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is caffeine an imposter?

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“Thus, caffeine is an imposter, like a false highway patrolman saying it’s okay to keep doing 70 mph in a residential area.”

Pierce J. Howard, in The Owner’s Manual for the Brain

Hi, my name is João and I’m a coffeeholic. I can’t remember the last time I didn’t have coffee in the morning but I do remember the last time I didn’t have it after lunch. I had a huge headache after that and refused to call it a withdrawal.

What does it all have to do with reading and writing?

Look at any book account. If you don’t find a cup of coffee or tea anywhere, they’re simply not real. Caffeine is everywhere when we want to stimulate our brains. It has this crazy effect of improving energy levels, mental alertness, mood, and brain functions. So, for reading and writing, caffeine beverages are elixirs.

But Dr. Howard says that caffeine tricks the brain into thinking it’s the neurotransmitter adenosine, which prevents relaxing effects of the real adenosine and maintains high arousal. That’s why he compares it to an imposter telling you it’s fine to keep stimulated like that all the time.

Although you may find a thousand pros and cons about caffeine all over the internet and medical literature, that’s one thing we can agree to be considered as the ultimate truth, and it comes from an old proverb or half a famous quote arguably said by Mark Twain:

“Too much of anything is bad…”

Yea, I know… the rest of the quote is “…but too much of good whiskey is barely enough.” But forget about that. Replace whiskey with coffee. (NO!) Ok, no, strike that out. Forget about the second part. (YES! 🤦‍♂️). Phew!

Jokes apart, everything we have in excess IS bad for us, so keep that in mind and have enough coffee or tea to keep that bookish vibe going and your brain working like magic, but not too much so you end up screwing everything up.

— João

☕️ Now, I’m curious. What’s your relation to caffeine? It’s everywhere, you know? Coffee, tea, cocoa, chocolate, guarana, energy drinks, some medicines… Where does your daily dose of caffeine come from? And when do you feel you NEED it?

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One Comment

  • WithloveMasi

    Coffee is the magic drink! Coffee is everything. I drink it for pleasure, just like some people like wine, and in the morning, it tastes like glory.

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