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 medical facts:
- Breathing norms: Parameters, graph, and description of the normal breathing pattern
- 6 breathing myths: Myths and superstitions about breathing and body oxygenation (prevalence: over 90%)
- Hyperventilation: Definitions of hyperventilation: their advantages and weak points
- Hyperventilation syndrome: Western scientific evidence about prevalence of chronic hyperventilation in patients with chronic conditions (37 medical studies)
- Normal minute ventilation: Small and slow breathing at rest is enjoyed by healthy subjects (14 studies)
- Hyperventilation prevalence: Present in over 90% of normal people (24 medical studies)
- HV and hypoxia: How and why deep breathing reduces oxygenation of cells and tissues of all vital organs
- Body-oxygen test (CP test) : How to measure your own breathing and body oxygenation (two in one) using a simple DIY test
- Body oxygen in healthy: Results for the body-oxygen test for healthy people (27 medical studies)
- Body oxygen in sick : Results for the body-oxygen test for sick people (14 medical studies)
- Buteyko Table of Health Zones: Clinical description and ranges for breathing zones: from the critically ill (severely sick) up to super healthy people with maximum possible body oxygenation
- Morning hyperventilation: Why people feel worse and critically ill people are most likely to die during early morning hours
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 tissues
- Cell oxygen levels: How alveolar CO2 influences oxygen transport
- Oxygen transport: O2 transport is controlled by vasoconstriction-vasodilation and the Bohr effects, both of which rely on CO2
- Free radical generation: Reactive oxygen species are produced within cells due to anaerobic cell respiration caused by cell hypoxia
- Inflammatory response: Chronic inflammation in fueled by the hypoxia-inducible factor 1, while normal breathing reduces and eliminates inflammation
- Nerve stabilization: People remain calm due to calmative or sedative effects of carbon dioxide in neurons or nerve cells
- Muscle relaxation: Relaxation of muscle cells is normal at high CO2, while hypocapnia causes muscular tension, poor posture and, sometimes, aggression and violence
- Bronchodilation: Dilation of airways (bronchi and bronchioles) is caused by carbon dioxide, and their constriction by hypocapnia (low CO2)
- Blood pH: Regulation of blood pH due to breathing and regulation of other bodily fluids
- CO2: lung damage: Elevated carbon dioxide prevents lung injury and promotes healing of lung tissues
- CO2: Topical carbon dioxide can heal skin and tissues
- Synthesis of glutamine in the brain, CO2 fixation, and other chemical reactions
- Deep breathing myth: Ignorant and naive people promote the idea that deep breathing and breathing more air at rest is beneficial for health
- Breathing control: How is our breathing regulated? Why hypocapnia makes breathing uneven, irregular and erratic.
Or go back to Symptoms of hyperventilation
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