Is Coffee As Addictive As Drugs? By Pritha Paul

Coffee may be addictive, but not as much as illegal drugs. In this photo, a young woman samples freshly-brewed cappuccino at Bonanza Coffee Roasters in Berlin, Germany, Jan. 24, 2011.Photo: Getty Images/ Sean Gallup

Have you ever wondered if you are addicted to coffee when you are unable to start your day without a cup of the hot beverage? Well, you may be right.

According to the findings published by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in fall 2007, about 80 percent of Americans consume caffeine every day.

“Caffeine is the most frequently self-administered drug in recreational use worldwide today,” Dr. James Bibb, assistant professor of psychiatry at UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, Texas, was quoted as saying in a report published by science news website EurekAlert in 2002. “And yet we know little about how caffeine works in the brain, whether with the kick from a


Signs You’re Drinking Too Much Coffee By Jamie Schmid | The Healthy

The side effects of too much caffeine can be subtle. Here’s how your coffee addiction may be hurting your health.

You feel anxious


Ruminating about an upcoming event or deadline can fuel your desire to grab a comforting mug of java. Yet, the National Institute of Mental Health recommends that people who suffer from anxiety avoid caffeine. Why? Too much coffee can actually worsen the effects of anxiety, either by robbing you of proper sleep or triggering your flight or fight response. In a 1990 study published in Psychosomatic Medicine, 25 men were given a moderate dose of caffeine or a placebo before a stressful task. The men, who were all regular coffee drinkers, had higher blood pressure, stress hormones, and about double the reported stress level with the caffeine compared with the placebo.

Your stomach hurts

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You may associate stomach pains with spoiled food or PMS cramps. You should add your morning brew to that list as well. In 2017, European scientists found that certain compounds in coffee stimulate the secretion of stomach acid by your stomach cells. Taking an over-counter medication like Tums can neutralize the acid short-term, but if you suspect coffee is making your stomach hurt, think about changing your coffee consumption habits. These 7 things happen to your body when you drink coffee every day.

Your heart is racing


The feeling that your heart is beating too fast can be frightening. It may feel like


How to Connect With Your Ancestors By Raven Rose| House of Sand

At a time in my life when I was at the end of my rope because of severe chronic pain, I turned to my ancestors for guidance. I invited them into my life by being open and asking for their guidance. If you need support and guidance, learn how to connect with your ancestors.

I learned to understand the many ways that they deliver their messages. Using simple tools helped to further cultivate my relationships with my ancestors. This was the beginning of developing a strong bond with my ancestors. They helped me find my way to herbalism and the occult which, in turn, opened me up to new ways of healing.

You don’t need any special powers to connect with your ancestors. No need to be psychic, clairvoyant, or know any secret herbal potions either.

Simply having the desire and acting on it is all you need to get started. As you work with your ancestors, you’ll pick up techniques and tools along the way.

Who Are Your Ancestors?

Ancestors are relatives that have died and passed into the spiritual realm. These can be blood relatives, family members, adoptive parents, or


These 10 Crystals Will Help Raise Your Money Vibes By Lindsay Kellner

First, a point to clarify: Crystals can’t make money without effort from you; that’s not how they work. (We wish!) But some experts believe that you can use them strategically to help manifest the energy you need to achieve your financial dreams. It’s with continued attention and intention that we manifest anything, including money and wealth, so perhaps the right crystals can help by reminding us of the goals we set.

Whether your goal is to eliminate debt, increase your savings, or generate more income, there’s a crystal for that. We asked three crystal experts to recommend stones that have the most power to generate financial abundance, as well as what types of rituals pair best with each. Here’s what they said:

1. Pyrite (Fool’s Gold)

Pyrite, also known as “fool’s gold,” was the unanimous first pick of all three crystal experts. According to Heather Askinosie, energy healer and founder of Energy Muse jewelry, pyrite will help “eliminate poverty consciousness.” It also “helps to strengthen your confidence by teaching you that life is full of abundance and endless opportunity.” Energy bed therapist Kalisa Augustineagrees. In addition to helping you overcome current obstacles, pyrite “helps you have a clear mind, fine-tune inner dynamic energy, and gives wisdom to move through business- and work-related challenges.”

How to use pyrite to eliminate poverty consciousness:

Askinosie suggests holding your pyrite out in front of you and asking, “What am I holding back?” You might be surprised by the answer that comes! Augustine recommends displaying it on your desk, while Yulia Van Doren of, Instagram’s favorite crystal “dealer,” recommends keeping pyrite visible on your desk, as it will help with “creativity and flow,” as well.

2. Green Jade

Green jade has been used throughout Chinese history to attract both wealth and harmony. “Jade actually does a lot metaphysically and for the nervous system,


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