As we reach our elder years, many people experience increasing anxiety and nervousness. By being caffeine-free, seniors can often decrease these feelings.
We’ve all noticed it. As we progress in years, we have a tendency to be much more nervous and anxious than we were when we were younger. As we age past forty, our bodies produce increasing amounts of the stress hormone, cortisol, and less of the youth hormone, DHEA. This causes us to lose our natural sense of security and feel heightened fears that we used to handle without any problem when we were younger.
An easy way for seniors to reduce their level of cortisol is to transition away from caffeine. DHEA naturally starts to decline precipitously in our elder years, but drinking caffeine, which stimulates more cortisol production, pushes our DHEA levels down further and faster.
Caffeine also has other health consequences for seniors. It causes the heart to beat more rapidly and increases blood pressure. Protecting heart health is of prime importance to us as we age. Deciding to be caffeine-free is one of the lifestyle choices that makes sense for keeping the heart strong and healthy in our senior years.
Many seniors try decaf coffee but its high acidity makes it harsh on the digestive tract. Decaf still contains some caffeine and studies have shown that decaf can trigger the jitters due to other components in coffee beans. Decaf can raise cholesterol too, a problem many seniors want to avoid. When there is a better caffeine-free alternative, why drink decaf?