Coffee has evolved as an indispensable part of our life these days. It is known to provide the required energy to perform daily activities. Others also use it as a treat between meals. Experts believe that although coffee improves alertness and may reduce the risk of developing kidney stones and Parkinson’s disease in your older years, it also has its negative effects on your body. Below are some detriments of drinking coffee.
- Dehydration: Caffeine, which is the major content of coffee, is diuretic. This simply means that it increases the rate of urine production. Frequent coffee drinkers regularly feel the need to hydrate themselves. Also, if you engage in exercise or live in an environment with dry climate, you may be more sensitive to the dehydrating effects of caffeine in coffee. It is important that you hydrate yourself with water especially during and after exercise.
- Cholesterol: Unfiltered coffee is known to increase serum and LDL cholesterol levels in some people. This has been attributed to the substances – cafestol and kahweol present in it. Studies have also shown that consumers that drink unfiltered coffee can experience up to 23mg/dl rise in cholesterol in their body. It is advisable that if you are diagnosed with high LDL cholesterol, you should largely reduce your coffee intake and go for other forms of beverages.
- Homocysteine: The level of homocysteine in the body is a risk factor for cardiovascular diseases such as stroke, heart diseases and other peripheral vascular disease. Experts have warned that drinking four or more cups of coffee per day will sufficiently raise your homocysteine levels. So when you are having a 10 minutes break from your work desk, make it a habit of alternating your drinks rather than the usual coffee intake.
- Blood Pressure: Caffeinated coffee has been a factor necessary for the rise in blood pressure in humans. This can occur even if your blood pressure is typically normal. Although people react to caffeinated coffee differently, a person with high blood pressure should reduce his/her intake consumption to at most 0.7 liters per day. At any point of the day, whether before or after exercise, the negative impact of drinking coffee on the body remains the same.
- Caffeine Withdrawal: As odd as it may sounds, frequent coffee drinkers have more problems forgoing their daily dose than drinking it. For most people, it seems like an addiction. Caffeine withdrawal symptoms can strike 12 to 24 hours after drinking your last cup. The symptoms are characterized by fatigue, headache, anxiety, drowsy feeling and in some cases depression. However, caffeine withdrawal typically subsides without any medication within 48 hours or as you have another cup. Frequent occurrence of any of these symptoms can have adverse effect on your health.
- Ulcers, IBS and Acidity: Various acid found in coffee beans can irritate the lining of your stomach and small intestine. This symptom is common in people that suffer from ulcers, gastritis and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Doctors always advise patients with these conditions to abstain from coffee completely. In addition, drinking coffee can potentially lead to abdominal spasms, cramps and elimination problem. The result could be either constipation or diarrhea. For ulcers, the acidic effect of coffee on the stomach can cause weakness in the lining of the stomach. This can lead to PH imbalance in the stomach and intestine.
Although drinking coffee have its own benefits such as acting as an oxidant, protection against cognitive decline and also prevention of type 2 diabetes. It is vital that we drink it in moderate quantity to optimize our health so as not to develop or increase the risk of high cholesterol, ulcers, IBS and the likes in future.