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Shocking Facts About Coffee and Your Health

My morning routine: Wake up. Take a shower. Drink coffee. …and then more coffee.

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Risk #1: Coffee makes heart conditions worse.

While moderate coffee drinkers (those who consume 1 to 3 cups every day) have lower rates of stroke than non-coffee drinkers, those who drink 4 cups or more a day have a higher risk for increased cholesterol and blood pressure, which increases the risk of heart disease. Caffeine causes Vasoconstriction (shrinking of blood vessels), which makes the heart work harder to pump blood throughout the body. This increases blood pressure and cholesterol.

Risk #2: Coffee causes anxiety, which ages us just like stress does.

Although some people experience anxiety at higher levels than others, coffee can even trigger anxiety all the more. This arises from an excessive amount of caffeine and occurs because a person’s heart rate increases when consuming too much coffee.

Shocking Facts About Coffee and Your Health

Risk #3: Coffee can give you an upset stomach.

Regular and excessive coffee intake can cause upset stomach by disrupting the lining of the stomach. This can cause indigestion, heartburn, acid reflux, and diarrhea.

Risk #4: Coffee can cause dehydration.

Caffeine is a diuretic, which increases urine production, which reduces the amount of water in the body. This can possibly cause extreme dehydration.

So, before reaching for your 4th cup of coffee of the day remember that it may – or may not – be the best decision. Listen to yourself and your body. After all, that’s the best health advice there is.

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Rebecca Ariane Givens is Urbanette's Beauty and Health Editor. She is an expert in all things related to beauty, holistic health, organic food, toxins and fitness. She is a part-time model and nutritionist who grew up in Canada and now lives in Brooklyn, with her boyfriend David.

Reader Discussion: 79 Comments

  1. Hillary Williams

    I appreciate the information you shared here. I read about this from a research and I got scared, “Caffeine is considered a psychoactive drug since it stimulates the central nervous system and alters mood and behavior.”

  2. Christine Wiggin

    It’s amazing how caffeine can impact our “pleasure centers” improving our mood and keeping us hooked.

  3. Jennifer Kirkpatrick

    According to a study conducted by Dr. Brain, “Women who are regular coffee consumers have been shown to have less depression.” But he says too much coffee can have the opposite effect, causing anxiety and restlessness.

  4. Agnes Hoots

    A cliché as it might sounds: Too much of any good thing can be bad for you!

  5. Edwina Thornhill

    Based on experience, too much coffee causes “bad breath…” Or is it because I’m drinking it a lot on an empty stomach?!

  6. Blanche Martina

    Coffee always has weird negative effects on my body, so happy I rarely drink it anymore

  7. Jodi Thil

    The effects of coffee are greater when consumed between 9:30 AM and 11:30 AM, apparently. But I’m still going to drink it now 🙂

  8. Osana Smith

    I drink coffee so much that I don’t even think the caffeine effects me anymore 😩

  9. Jossen Row

    why do I only feel the effects of coffee like 8 hours after I drink it what kinda science is that?

  10. Johnnie Bradford

    desperately trying to not drink coffee today and the effects of the withdrawal are already hitting me hard

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