My little caffeine problem started with Kombucha–that fizzy drink that is supposed to be so very healthy for you (according to a lady I overheard at a grocery store).
- Kombucha is a variety of fermented, lightly effervescent sweetened black or green tea drinks. Kombucha has many supposed health benefits. It is produced by fermenting tea using a “symbiotic ‘colony’ of bacteria and yeast” (SCOBY).
I did not like Kombucha–at first. There was something odd about the vinegary aftertaste. Even so–I kept buying it and drinking it. I became a Kombucha addict. I tried nearly every kind of Kombucha out there. I even tried strange DIY looking local brands that were suspiciously packaged in recycled Coke bottles. But after a few months–I got tired of Kombucha. That initial odd vinegary aftertaste was hardly even noticeable to me by this point. It wasn’t even boosting my energy anymore either.
I put a twin size mattress for myself in my mother’s room so I could help her at night. The night shift began taking a toll on me. I needed something to keep me awake during the day. That’s when I turned to coffee–Black Coffee!
Wowee. My coffee fling escalated quickly. It was great–at first. But soon, I noticed my driving was reckless. I was having terrible thoughts about those #$@&%*! people who should not be on the road. I was getting headaches too. And I was fidgety–I just could not rest, ever. My vision even deteriorated. I had to call it quits.
But of course, I found something else— Chai. I even started making my own.
The combo of super caffeinated black tea with spices, milk and sugar (lots of sugar) was delicious. It went well with breakfast, lunch, dinner, snack and everything else in between. Eventually, I realized that caffeine was getting the best of me. I had to stop– cold turkey.
- Caffeine is a central nervous system (CNS) stimulant of the methylxanthine class. It is the world’s most widely consumed psychoactive drug.
- Caffeine can produce a mild form of drug dependence. Tolerance develops with chronic use leading to autonomic effects of increased blood pressure, heart rate, and increased urine output (Wikipedia).
I do think about coffee and tea and all things caffeinated from time to time. I actually still have an unopened bottle of Kombucha in the refrigerator (just in case…). But even if I am a little tired during the day–I am a much calmer, happier person without the caffeine.