Pros and Cons of Drinking Coffee

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The morning cup of coffee is a mainstay in the American household. It’s hard to see color in the morning without it. After the first cup, then there’s the coffee break at work. Soon enough, you have had several cups throughout the day. Drinking coffee comes with pros and cons. Having 1-5 cups of coffee a day can have positive and negative health effects.

Pros

  1.     Reduce Parkinson’s/dementia: The mineral compounds in coffee support brain health.
  2.     Helps in regulating blood sugar: Coffee helps eliminate excess water and sugar in your bloodstream, helping your kidneys regulate your glaucous level.
  3.     Can reduce chances of cancer and stroke: Coffee thins the blood, which means that it’s harder for blood clots to form. You can’t have a stroke if you don’t have any blood clots to stop up an artery in the brain.
  4.     Lifts mood and fights depression: The natural effects of caffeine can pull someone out of a slump. It perks you up and gives you energy where you may not have had it before. When you start moving around, you become more productive and break the harmful negative thought cycle. Once you see all that you have accomplished you feel better about yourself.

Cons

  1.     Dehydrating effects: Coffee is a natural diuretic that causes people to eliminate waste fast. If your body moves fluids through you faster than you can absorb it, then you run the risk of dehydration. It can be sneaky too, because your urine will look hydrated. You won’t realize that you are dehydrated until your muscles cramp. Extreme dehydration is harmful for your organs and can even cause death.
  2.     Poor coffee is toxic: Coffee is typically grown and harvested in areas close to the equator. Most of the countries that export coffee are second to third world countries. The sanitary regulations and processing procedures aren’t always as strict as it is in more affluent countries. Getting poorly grown or handled coffee beans can have toxic effects. You can experience food poisoning or be exposed to harmful chemicals.
  3.     Increased restlessness: Caffeine naturally makes you more energized, and if you don’t have anywhere to release that energy, then you can get restless. Your legs will want to tap, and your arms will want to stretch. It can be an uncomfortable place if you need to be still.
  4.     Insomnia: Along with the restlessness, too much coffee close to bedtime can cause sleep disturbances. You may have a hard time falling asleep or it can be difficult to stay asleep.
  5.     Panic Attacks: caffeine makes your heart beat a little faster. If you are prone to anxiety, having an elevated heart rate can cause you to go into a panic attack. Your mind starts to race, your heart is pounding, and you can’t control your breathing, which equals a full-blown attack.

As with anything, moderation is key. It’s fine to have 1 or 2 cups of coffee to benefit from the positive side effects, but don’t overdo it to keep the negative effects at bay. A good rule of thumb is to drink one 8 ounce glass of water for every cup of coffee you drink to replenish what is lost.

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