Drinking Coffee Everyday, Yay or Nay?
Coffee people, you know who you are. You wake up in the morning, unable to talk to anyone in a civilized manner without having a morning pick-me-up (it’s safe to say you aren’t a morning person).
Some drink two, three, even four cups of coffee or more throughout the day, citing they can’t get through a day at the office without it, or other caffeinated drinks. Caffeine works wonders, but in extreme cases can also become an addiction. Did you ever wonder how drinking coffee everyday affects your body? how you sleep? and your overall health? Here are three reasons to drink coffee (yay) and three more why you should be cautious (nay).
Coffee Actually Helps Burns Fat
While drinking a cup of joe may give you an energy boost, it’s also boosting your metabolism. A 2013 study published in Nutrition Magazine found that caffeine prior to being physically active transitions your body into fat-burning mode. If you don’t regularly have working out and coffee as part of your morning routine, you should consider it. [separator]
Coffee May Not Disrupt Sleep If You’re A Night Owl
While many studies have linked consumption of caffeine and trouble sleeping, it may not have much of an effect if you’re a late riser. Research on college students in 2012 noted that those that describe themselves as “morning people” spent more time awake at night as their consumption of coffee. On the other hand, this same trend was not present in “night owls”.[separator]
It Can Reduce the Risk of Alzheimer’s Disease
According to one of the latest reports by the Institute for Scientific Information on Coffee, moderate coffee consumption of 3-5 cups of coffee per day may help to protect against Alzheimer’s. The study claims that caffeine prevents the buildup of the protein that creates plaques and tangles in the brain, which researchers believe is one of the key causes for the memory-affecting disease.[separator size=”30″]
Coffee Could Be Making You Look Older
Skin needs lots of water to stay looking plump and glowing. However, Coffee is a diuretic, meaning it makes your body flush out water. Drinking too much of it can make your skin look as dehydrated as when you’ve woken up with a hangover. If you’re drinking coffee everyday, imagine this happening daily over years and years of drinking coffee.[separator]
You Get Tired Right After The Energy Spike
The energy boost we get from our morning coffee is rather short-lived. Coffee gets us artificially wired by stimulating the adrenal glands which control stress hormones. Also, people can develop a tolerance for caffeine, needing more and more coffee over time to feel its effects. Some even experience caffeine withdrawals which can make you feel even worse. Coffee too late in the day can also negatively impact your sleep, leaving you tossing and turning, unable to go to sleep due to the caffeine still in your system.[separator]
Excessive Caffeine Consumption Could Lead To A Shortened Lifespan
A Mayo Clinic partnered study found that men who drank more than four cups of coffee (8 oz.) all-cause mortality increase of 21%. It is important to note that those who claimed to consumed excessive amounts of caffeine were also likely to smoke and have poor fitness. We know smoking and lack of regular exercise is harmful, but coupling them with excess caffeine intake could make matters worse.[separator size=”30″]
There you have it. A few notes from several studies that either support or discourage drinking coffee everyday. The jury, that is to say the science, is still out, but it’s safe to say that enjoying a cup of coffee every once in awhile is perfectly fine. Maybe switch to a cup of tea every now and again. [separator]