Caffeine Addiction: Only in People with Low Body Oxygen

Hyperventilation causes low O2 and headaches Caffeine addiction and the degree of addiction, as over 180 Soviet doctors tested on thousands of their patients, is directly related to the results of the body-oxygen test (see links below for an explanation of this test). When the results of a person's body-oxygen test are less than 20 seconds (the norm is 40-50 seconds), then he or she commonly suffers from fatigue, confusion, and many other negative symptoms of low body oxygenation.

Naturally, such a person feels more energized after drinking coffee. This often causes improved concentration and even better physical performance after 2 or 3 cups of coffee due to temporary positive effects of caffeine. With less than 10 seconds for body O2, both the negative and positive effects are much stronger. This creates dependence or caffeine addiction.

Causes of caffeine addiction

This chart below shows the prevalence of hyperventilation in modern people and explains the major cause of addiction in modern people.

Changes in breathing explain Caffeine eddiction

However, when the same person gets up to 35-40 seconds for the body-oxygen test, the effects of caffeine are very different. Instead of feelings of energy and alertness, increased intake of caffeine causes a racing heart, anxiety, reduced sport performance and poorer results on physical fitness tests. What are the mechanisms of these positive and negative effects of caffeine and addiction to caffeine?

Caffeine addiction chart Why and how can ineffective breathing patterns and low brain oxygen levels cause the desire for and possible addiction to caffeine, sugar, alcohol, cigarette smoking, or other stimulants or depressants (chemical substances and drugs)? What are the contributions of mouth breathing, chest breathing, and breathing too much air? Mouth breathing reduces brain and body-oxygen levels due to arterial hypocapnia (low CO2) and reduced absorption of nasal nitric oxide. Chest breathing leads to ineffective gas exchange in the lungs and reduced blood oxygenation (hypoxemia). Over-breathing causes arterial hypocapnia that constricts arteries and arterioles reducing blood and oxygen supply to the brain and all other vital organs in the human body. All these effects are considered in detail on other pages.

Lifestyle factor: Body oxygen < 30 s Body oxygen > 50 s
Energy level Medium, low, or very low High
Desire to exercise Not strong, but possible Craving and joy of exercise
Intensive exercise with nose breathing Hard or impossible Easy and effortless
Typical mind states Confusion, anxiety, depression Focus, concentration, clarity
Craving for coffee, sugar and junk foods Present Absent
Addictions to smoking, alcohol, and drugs Possible Absent
Desire to eat raw foods Weak and rare Very common and natural
Correct posture Rare and requires efforts Natural and automatic
Sleep Often of poor quality; > 7 hours Excellent quality; < 5 hours naturally
Or go back to Symptoms of hyperventilation

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