How Coffee Affects Your Body

By now, we’re all familiar with how a single sip of a freshly brewed cup of coffee is enough to get you out of bed feeling like a spring chicken. But your caffeinated mug does a lot of other things than just jumpstarting your engine in the morning - this includes both the good and unfortunately, the bad ones.

Caffeine is a powerful stimulant that affects your body in a number of ways. However, it is crucial to be aware of how much coffee you consume in order to get the desired results. To be frank, coffee can have both a positive or negative impact on your health depending on your intake.

So let’s have a closer at some of the most common good and bad effects coffee has on our bodies:

Good Effects

Lose Weight: Coffee consists of both potassium and magnesium that enables the body to use insulin. This ultimately regulates your body’s blood sugar levels, which then decreases your cravings for sugar-laden foods.

Boosts Mental Alertness: According to WebMD, drinking coffee or any other caffeinated beverage all day enhances clear thinking and alertness. In fact, it can also increase our alertness if we’ve lost some of our sleep. Interestingly, mixing caffeine with glucose can improve our mental performance more than when both of them are used alone.

Possibly Reduces Heart Disease and Stroke Risk: According to Coffee Dorks drinking coffee reduces the chances of heart disease or stroke. A study on 83,076 women shows that coffee consumption modestly reduces stroke. Another study reveals that moderate coffee consumption is linked with a reduced risk of coronary heart disease. 

Reduces Risk Cancers: There have been studies performed on coffee, including onewhich claims that caffeine has a 20% reduction in men getting prostate cancer and a 25% reduction in women getting endometrial cancer.

Another study shows that drinking more coffee is linked with a reduced risk for developing basal cell carcinoma, which is the most common type of skin cancer.

WebMD reports that drinking more than 3 cups of coffee may reduce the risk of getting colorectal cancer.

Prevents or Delays Parkinson’s Disease: A Harvard study shows that drinking coffee leads to a 25% reduction in getting Parkinson’s. The effect however is less on women. There is also evidence of activity in parts of the brain that have been affected by Parkinson’s.

Lowers Risk of Death: Several studies reveal that those who drink coffee live longer than those who don’t. Men have a 12% reduced risk and women a 16% reduced risk, provided they drink about 4-5 cups of coffee a day.

Prevents Type-2 Diabetes: Research indicates that coffee impairs glucose tolerance and reduces insulin sensitivity and therefore reduces the risk of getting type-2 diabetes.

Prevents Gallstones: Drinking at least 400 mg of coffee a day prevents the risk of getting gallstones. In addition, the more coffee you consume, the lower the chances are of you getting gallstones. Drinking over 800 mg of coffee provides the lowers risk of developing gallstones.

Bad Effects

Too Much Coffee Can Kill You: Let’s face it; too much of anything can kill you. There’s a limit to how much of anything a human body can take and apparently, it takes about 80-100 cups (23 litres) of coffee in quick succession to get you to push up daisies. As a matter of fact, even 23 litres of water can do you in.

Bad Coffee is Toxic: Since it has the word ‘bad’ attached to it, then any coffee (or beverage for that matter) of that quality could obviously be detrimental to your health. Bad coffee consists of a lot of impurities that leads to headaches, sickness or anything else that is bad for your wellbeing. Even a single rotten bean can turn your coffee toxic. It’s best to opt for high quality beans in order to avoid this fiasco.

Avoid Drinking Coffee if Pregnant: Drinking coffee when you’re pregnant is bad because caffeine is highly sensitive for the fetus. Even if you are a heavy coffee drinker, you should reduce your intake to only one cup a day.

Drinking Coffee Causes Insomnia: It is common sense that the more coffee you take, the more sleepless you become. Therefore, you should consider taking only 400 milligrams of coffee a day, which is approximately 4 cups.

Choose Filtered Coffee If You Have High Cholesterol: Coffee beans include cafestol and kahweol, which are ingredients known to raise LDL cholesterol levels. Filtering the coffee is the only way to avoid this disaster.

Coffee Stains Teeth: Dental dorks love going at coffee lovers with this one. It turns out that pigments from dark-colored drinks such as coffee and Coca-Cola become embedded in the tiny cracks and ridges of our  tooth enamel. If proper treatment isn’t done soon, then it could cause permanent yellow stains on our teeth.

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