Shocking Facts About Coffee and Your Health
My morning routine: Wake up. Take a shower. Drink coffee. More coffee, and then more coffee.
Like most Americans, I am obsessed with drinking coffee to boost my energy anytime of the day. America’s coffee obsession is evident through the long lines and steep prices at Starbucks, and the ever-present catch phrase “America runs on Dunkin”. But despite the energizing jolt that we get from consuming caffeine, is coffee good for us?
Caffeine — a major ingredient in coffee, tea, and chocolate — blocks adenosine, which usually acts as a calming agent throughout the body. Because of this blockage there is an extra release of adrenaline, which causes your heart rate to increase, and your pupils to dilate. This causes that initial morning buzz that you feel when drinking coffee. Although this may feel like a jolt of energy, this feeling is temporary. In the long run, caffeine can cause restlessness, irritability and headaches (which, ironically, it can also cure for some people). Caffeine, like nicotine, is also addicting so after consuming caffeine on a regular basis your body becomes immune to the responses of caffeine. Because of this, caffeine addicts start drinking more coffee, which increases the negative effects.
But it might not be all bad. After years of negative press, I’m glad that coffee is finally getting recognized for health reasons, most popularly for being rich in antioxidants.
Read on for the benefits and risks of drinking coffee: