Shocking Facts About Coffee and Your Health
My morning routine: Wake up. Take a shower. Drink coffee. …and then more coffee.
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.
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.