A lot of people are like cars, they need a good jump-start to begin their day and most of them get this from drinking that first cup of coffee in the morning.
Myth or Reality?
Research has reported that drinking one cup of coffee a day will lower your risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 7%. And females who drink more than one cup will less likely to commit suicide. Three cups of coffee will help maintain a healthy liver, and gallbladder function and also decrease the risk of gallstones by 20%. Women who have never smoked but who drink four cups will decrease the risk of a stroke by 43%, and type 2 diabetes by 25%, not to mention lowering diastolic blood pressure.
For coffee drinkers, the good news does not end there: there has been a reverse of signs in Alzheimer’s in lab mice that have had the same amount of caffeine found in five cups. Does that sound too good to be true? That indeed may be the case.
When We Drink Coffee
What happens when we drink coffee? Caffeine jumpstarts our day as soon as it enters our bloodstream. We become hyperactive, hearts palpitate, pupils dilate, blood pressure goes up and we feel as if we could conquer anything. What we don’t know is that our bodies are working overtime to try to keep up with our pumped-up caffeinated bodies.
The caffeine stimulates our nervous system and adrenal glands, our bodies become like cars trying to go up a hill pulling a load that’s far too heavy to carry. Over time, our bodies cannot continue to work like this without serious damage to our health. What we think helps us get through the day is actually slowly damaging our bodies.
Studies show that we lose important nutrients after taking sips of our coffee. We lose thiamin and other B vitamins which contribute to malnutrition. What happens is that we reduce iron absorption and this leads to iron deficiency. Coffee has phosphoric acid which hampers calcium absorption in our bodies.
And there is evidence that shows an increased risk of fractures among women who drink coffee. Not only that, caffeine just like nicotine and alcohol will dehydrate your skin and will make you look a lot older than your real age. Wrinkles and lines will appear as fast as you finish that cup of coffee in the morning.
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We all know caffeine is addictive. Trying to quit coffee is as difficult as trying to quit smoking, especially if you’ve been stuck with the mindset that it’s the only thing that will help you get through the day. It will be difficult and you may experience headaches, exhaustion, and even depression. However, health-wise, once you’ve kicked your caffeine addiction, you’ll feel you’ve just been given a new lease on life.
And remember not to believe everything you hear and read in popular media when it claims the backing of scientific research. Trust your own intelligence and instinct, especially when it comes to your health and your body. Your body knows what it’s good for you. All you have to remember is to read the signs and don’t ignore what it’s trying to tell you. And right now it’s telling you to say no to caffeine.