Coffee….that wonderful part of the day for so many of us, and for so many reasons. Whether we drink it as a “wake me up” or a “keep me up”, during social gatherings, or simply for the mere pleasure, coffee is a huge part of modern culture! Harvard studies reveal that coffee can cut risk of Parkinson’s disease, protect against type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease, plus reduce depression in women. All said, why not indulge more?
For Highly Sensitive Persons, the caffeine found in coffee may affect us much more than our non-HSP brothers and sisters. According to the research of Dr. Elaine Aron, HSPs are more sensitive to the effects of caffeine, alcohol and medication. For myself, that means limiting caffeine intake to an average of one beverage per day. Beyond that typically results in an increased heart rate, nervousness and the possibility of a very annoying eye twitch that can last for several days. Life experience tells me these are symptoms that our non-HSP friends may not have to be concerned with until near their 5th cup!
So does that mean HSPs should give up on coffee or other caffeinated beverages? Absolutely not…..unless your doctor advises otherwise. In moderation, HSPs can also receive the many health benefits of coffee. And those who choose to ditch the caffeine can still benefit by drinking decaffeinated coffee. What to do if you don’t like coffee? Consider green tea or dark chocolate instead…..you’ll get a little caffeine boost plus an antioxidant benefit!
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All the Best!
Joe Capriotti – “Coaching to Thrive through Sensitivity”