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10 Reasons coffee is good and bad for your health

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You might start off some workdays with a cup of coffee to add that extra kick to your step, while on other days you might have some coffee to stay focused all night and meet a pressing deadline. Regardless of the purpose, coffee is commonly used by professionals and entrepreneurs alike to stay active and energized. What most people have failed to acknowledge, however, is that while coffee can be quite helpful, it is not without its downsides.

Due to the fact that the main active compound in coffee is the stimulant caffeine, it becomes dangerous when it’s taken excessively and could lead to a series of complications in the human system.

Here are 10 reasons coffee could be good or bad for your health

What are the health benefits of coffee?

health effects of coffee

Coffee can boost your physical performance. 

Have a cup of black coffee about an hour before workout and your performance can improve by 11-12%. Caffeine increases adrenaline levels in your blood. Adrenaline is your body’s “fight or flight” hormone which helps you to prepare for physical exertion.

Coffee may help you lose weight.

Coffee contains magnesium and potassium, which helps the human body use insulin, regulating blood sugar levels, and reducing your craving for sugary treats and snacks. 

Coffee helps you focus and stay alert. 

Moderate caffeine intake, helps you focus and improves your mental alertness. Caffeine is a known stimulant. In your brain, it blocks the function of an inhibitory neurotransmitter (brain hormone) called adenosine. By blocking adenosine, caffeine increases activity in your brain and releases other neurotransmitters like norepinephrine and dopamine. This reduces tiredness and makes you feel more aler

Coffee lowers the risk of death.

Studies have shown that coffee drinker’s overall risk of premature death is 25% lower than those who don’t drink coffee. Studies have also shown that coffee drinks are less prone to suicide, liver diseases and type 2 diabetes.

Coffee reduces the risk of cancers.

One study has shown that coffee may decrease the risk of developing prostate cancer in men by 20 %, and endometrial cancer in women by 25 %.     

What are the negative side effects of taking coffee?

health effects of coffee

Bad coffee can be toxic.

Bad quality coffee can have a lot of impurities in it, which can cause headaches. This can happen if your coffee is made from beans that have been over ripped or otherwise ruined. If you invest and buy high quality, specialty coffee you don’t have to worry about this.

Too much Coffee can be lethal to your health

Yes, if you drink 80-100 cups (23 liters) in a short session. This dose is lethal and will amount in 10-13 grams of caffeine within your body. Before you reach this point, however, you’ll be vomiting most of it out since 23 liters of any liquid is a lot.

Coffee can cause insomnia and restlessness.

coffee and insomnia

When coffee is taken excessively it can lead to insomnia (the inability to sleep). Consuming too much caffeine can lead to jitteriness, anxiety, heart palpitations, and even exacerbated panic attacks.

If coffee reduces your sleep quality, try quitting coffee late in the day, such as after 2:00 p.m.

It can easily lead to addiction.

When people consume caffeine regularly, they become tolerant to it. It either stops working as it did, or a larger dose is needed to produce the same effects.

When people abstain from caffeine, they get withdrawal symptoms, such as headaches, exhaustion, brain fog, and irritability. This can last for a few days.

Tolerance and withdrawal are the hallmarks of physical addiction.

Coffee may increase frequency in Urination

frequent urination due to excess coffee

You may have noticed that you need to urinate frequently when you drink more coffee than usual.

Due to caffeine’s stimulatory effect on the bladder, increased urination is a common side effect of high coffee intake.  

How to Maximize Health Benefits of coffee

There are a few steps you can take to increase the health benefits of coffee to your body. They include;

  • Not adding a lot of sugar
  • Brew coffee with a paper filter. Unfiltered coffee, such as from a Turkish or French press, contains cafestol, a substance that can increase cholesterol levels.
  • Most importantly do not drink excessive amounts of coffee

If you notice any unusual changes in your health and suspect it might be due to your coffee consumption, speak with a licensed doctor first to get a professional opinion on how to limit your coffee intake.

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