Are You a Drug Addict?

I don’t know about you, but it seems that more and more these days our society, our jobs and environment keep us pushing ourselves more and more. We are now trained as a society that if you are tired, then drink coffee/tea and keep going. Forget about listening to your body saying it is tired and wants a nap. Naps are for wimps right?? It’s as if drinking coffee/tea is a "Vitamin"that is good and helps your body. We have become so reliant on these stimulants just to function each day. It really is a drug that people are addicted to and rely on. Heard of the "Red Bull Energy Drink"? Seems like all the rage and the next hyped "energy drink". Well, coffee is no longer enough and people have to take larger and larger doses of stimulants to keep going as their adrenal glands get exhausted.

Last weekend I was traveling to California and as we had breakfast in the hotel and stopped in the airport to get food I always noticed the huge long lines of people waiting to get their "fix" of morning coffee. I’ve heard about how people can’t do anything in the morning till they have their cup of tea/coffee! How have we all become so disconnected from our bodies that we no longer listen to the signals it gives us?? As a result people have more and more health problems. Then to top it off, everyone wants the quick fix. As if taking a pill is going to erase all the damage done to your body after years of abuse.

I have been fortunate to have been raised very health conscious so tend to be very sensitive to my body and it’s messages. I used to love drinking cold-coffee with ice cream back in my boarding school days, and we used to get watered down black tea for breakfast and snack. I still love the taste of coffee and tea but avoid it because of the caffeine. My body is so sensitive to the caffeine that if I drink a Coke one day…the next morning I still feel it in my system and wake up a lot during the night because the caffeine is still in my system. That’s because different people process caffeine differently in their bodies.

Did you know that one of the symptoms of being dehydrated (not drinking enough water) is fatigue and being tired? Rather than drink water, more and more people drink sugar filled drinks and have little actual water. Not only does this cause dehydration and fatigue, but drinking this much soda can be very unhealthy. It’s a cycle that only takes you down and down.

Did you know that in Chinese the word for "food" and the word for "drug" are the same word? Anything we put in our body affects us whether we call it a food or a drug. Chinese medicine recognizes that. I know a big part of this is awareness. A lot of people just don’t know that certain things can be bad for our health. But if we want to live healthy, long lives then we have to educate ourselves and take care of our body! You take your car to get tune-ups and repairs right? The better you take care of your car the longer it will last. The same with your body. If you ignore it, the signals will get louder and louder until your body forces you to listen and then you have no choice. Unfortunately you can’t always reverse the damage that has been done.

If you want to refrain from something, refrain when you are young. Youth is the time of life when you can do anything. It is during the time of old age that the bloody wolf declares, ‘Now I have become vegetarian’ because after losing his teeth he can’t hunt anything.” – SSS Harbhajan Singh Khalsa

I’m sure we all do some things which are not healthy. Even if you don’t drink tea/coffee we all ignore our bodies from time to time. I’m guilty as well, however I try to manage it consciously. For the past 14 years I have worked a huge amount of hours on a regular basis on the computer (doing SikhNet) and as a result get tendonitis in my wrists. Even though I’m doing good things with the time that I spend, I still have to take time to rest and take care of myself (which is not always easy).

I just got back from four days with my wife, away from work and the kids, relaxing in the mountains of Crested Butte, Colorado. Even with two half days of driving (getting there and back) I feel so much better having had some time to rest and relax. Taking time off for vacations is a must, but in the end we have to balance ourselves so that we have little "vacations" every day! Each day we have to consciously find time to de-stress, rest, have fun, and enjoy life!

Ultimately, everything can be bad for you if done in excess. You don’t need to be fanatic to mess up. Too much or too little of many things can be bad. Finding the balance is key.  Life is a constant balancing act and learning how to create balance in our lives is a constant process. Especially for us "workaholics!"

Here are some helpful related links:

  1. Caffeine, Stress and Your Health: Is Caffeine Your Friend or Your Foe?
  2. How Do I Handle All This Stress?
  3. Getting up Early in the Morning
  4. Drink the Healthy "Yogi Tea"
  5. 11 Tips For Drinking More Water
  6. Practice Kundalini Yoga
  7. Finding Balance in Your Life – Cycles of every day life
  8. Food, exercise and balancing your Life
  9. Stress – A State of Mind
  10. Kundalini Yoga and Meditation for Dealing with Stress
  11. Simple Meditation Using Your Breath
  12. Using Meditation to Deal with Stress
  13. The Health Benefits of Yoga

3 Responses to “Are You a Drug Addict?”

  1. Canuck Singh says:

    It must be noted that the jury is still out there on this one. Toxicity levels (if any) have not even been identified for caffeine specifically. Between 3 and 100cups of coffee, research has no answers in this regards.
    Medicine, herbals, food, are distinguished primarily by the following: Toxic v Non-toxic
    The next thing that needs to be considered is whether an effect of food is Stimulating v Non-stimulating (relaxing)
    An example: Hops is a relaxing herb.
    The true problem is Toxic compounds in our environment, chemicals in our cleaners, deodorants, carbon monoxide form our car engines and garages, and cigarette smoke. As well as poor water supplies that do not have the ionic composition, mineralization, alkalinity as natural stream waters.
    People need a FIX, because of this mental condition Yes, but also because the amount of Toxic substances they are consuming (particularly medicines) that have numerous side effects, alcohol an immuno-suppresant, amongst other compounds. The benefits of certain herbs and compounds such as Green Tea (EGCG), far outweight any of supposed negative effects of the nominal amounts of caffeine contained therein.
    SPECT scans are vitally important to determine the effects of compounds on the brain. Certain compounds, in particular intoxicants, decrease blood flow to the brain. Too much caffeine may also inhibit blood flow to the brain. Stimulatory fruits and certain vegetables and herbs with natural substances may also increase blood flow to the brain. Taken in significant amounts even they can have similar effects to caffeine (ie. gugglasterones).
    RESEARCH appears to suggest that caffeine is non-toxic unless taken in chronic high-levels. An example would be 5 cups of coffee a day that is 200mg/serving x 5 = 1g of caffeine per day. This is what is typically and accurately observed in the above article and its statements. 2 or 3 cups of green tea, or cha tea on the other hand, have a total of 150mg of caffeine, and the benefit from EGCG a component of green tea far outweigh any possible negative effects of caffeine (if any) at this level.
    CONCLUSION: Additictions are hazardous. Today people are addicted to any quick fix, and tend to overconsume. Caffeine toxicity is not confirmed by any research, and is actually beneficial in many cases.
    2 Questions must be asked before ingesting any compound, or taking input of any negative form of environmental energy:
    Is it TOXIC/Non-Toxic
    Is its effects Stimulating/Relaxing
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  2. I definitely wasn’t saying that drinking a cup of chai was bad for you. The issue is when people become reliant on stimulants and can’t do without them. This is particularly the case when people choose stimulants instead of rest, or have large quantities.

    It’s definitely more healthy to have things in their natural form (green tea)….as compared to synthesized processed (Red bull energy drink, sodas, coke, etc).

    Also, researchers show what they want to show, which doesn’t always give the big picture. There might be benefits for somethings but at the same time there could also be negative impacts as well.

    While caffeine in itself might not be considered “toxic” there are many detrimental health effects that it does have on your body.

    Overall, listen to your body. Educate yourself, exercise and rest.

  3. john says:

    This is very nice thoughts.. extremely valuable for the drug addicts
    Let us try to save Human Lives & Say No to Drugs
    Thganks gurumustak singh
    May God bless U all……..