Caffeine Addiction: Only in People with Low Body Oxygen
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.
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?
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|
Reference pages: Breathing norms and the DIY body oxygen test:
- Breathing norms: Parameters, graph, and description of the normal breathing pattern
- Body-oxygen test (CP test) : How to measure your own breathing and body oxygenation (two in one) using a simple DIY test
References: pages about CO2 effect:
- Vasodilation: CO2 expands arteries and arterioles facilitating perfusion (or blood supply) to all vital organs
- The Bohr effect: How and why oxygen is released by red blood cells in body tissues
- Nerve stabilization: Carbon dioxide has powerful calmative and sedative effects on brain neurons and nerve cells
Or go back to Symptoms of hyperventilation
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