How Sleep, Smoke & Starbucks Are Aging You
We hate to be the bearer of bad news, but the cup of coffee that you’ve recently seen advertised on TV as being beneficial to your health could actually be making you age … or at least look like it.
Coffee and Alcohol
Seriously? Whatever happened to the “coffee-is-rich-in-antioxidants-that-protect-your-cells-from-damage” claim?
Well, coffee does contain antioxidants, but it also has caffeine, which is still its most potent ingredient. The antioxidant in coffee is nothing compared to those that you get from cranberries and red grapes. The reason why the media misleadingly advertises coffee as the number one source of antioxidants is only because it’s the number one source of antioxidants in the American diet, which actually just shows that most people opt to drink coffee rather than fruit juices. An unhealthy diet of more coffee and alcohol, and less fats and vitamins can emaciate us over time.
Ever wonder why you don’t feel thirsty after drinking coffee or alcohol? It’s because alcohol and caffeine act like diuretics that make you less thirsty for water, while at the same time pulling water from your body and making you have to pee more often. If you consume alcohol regularly or you’re a heavy coffee drinker and you don’t drink at least eight glasses of water a day, chances are your skin looks dry and washed out. If you can’t resist the urge to drink your favorite beer or latte, try drinking more H2O to stay hydrated. (*more about coffee and its effects.)
If you drink coffee or booze regularly without also downing at least eight glasses of water a day, chances are your skin looks dry and washed out.