by A. Grano on March 12th, 2010 at 7:00 am
When did we all get so wrapped up in a world of addictions? Granted, most are not the kind of addictions that will make us end up in rehab or living in the bushes, but they’re undoubtedly not the healthiest for our bodies. Maybe they’re outlets for stress or used for overcompensating for other areas of our lives that are “lacking” in some way? Whatever the case, the old cliché is true… everything in moderation.
I’ve found mixed “top 10” lists for addictions across the country, with food, drinking, TV, prescription drugs, the internet/texting/email checking, smoking, caffeine, gambling, video games, and compulsive shopping topping most lists.
Number one on my own “list” goes to the computer/internet. Ironically, I’m giving into it now… That aside, I’m not alone.
According to an AOL survey:
* 51% of respondents check their email 4 or more times per day
* 43% keep the phones nearby when they are sleeping to listen for incoming mail
* 83% admit to checking their mail at least once daily while on vacation
What’s scary… this survey was conducted in 2007. Imagine how the numbers must’ve jumped with the inundation of social media channels?
The Cult of Caffeine
And how about my other addiction… I’ve read that approximately 80% of the world’s population consumes it on a daily basis, and it has been shown to affect mood, stamina, the cardiovascular system and gastric and colonic activity. While rarely fatal, side effects of excessive amounts can include anxiety, insomnia, tremors, fever, rapid heartbeat and even hyperventilation. Hmm, maybe I should re-think my consumption of self-mandated morning brew?
Herbs to Help Addictions
Could turning to nature be the answer for breaking addictions? Herbal ingredients have been investigated in clinical trials and have been shown to help support the body during the withdrawal process, without side effects.
So maybe today will be my turning point to cut back on my personal vices… but I may need another cup first to get started (old habits die hard).