Coffee — The Good and The Bad

Statistics show that 30-40% of the world’s population drinks coffee in the morning. It was also discovered that about half of America’s population drinks coffee every day, and that means 3 in 4 Americans love coffee! This is why coffee blogs such as Coffee Holli never stop educating the masses.

On the other hand, a meager amount of the world’s population believes that while coffee is a good boost to jumpstart one’s day, the health consequences it provides are enough reasons to avoid it.

While that is okay, it creates a balanced controversy over whether consuming coffee has an entirely good or adverse effect on humankind. Hence, I have compiled this piece to juxtapose the effects. Let’s go…

The Advantages of Coffee

  • Coffee boosts energy levels: The caffeine in coffee is key to focus, alertness, and the attendant energy an early morning sip provides. When absorbed into the bloodstream, it increases adrenaline, a hormone responsible for enhancing body performance.
  • Coffee aids weight loss: While it is not recommended to rely solely on excessive coffee consumption for weight loss, scientists reveal that coffee’s main ingredients – magnesium and potassium help regulate blood sugar levels with insulin. So, 2 or 3 cups daily can slimmer your appetite and craving for sugary stuff.
  • Coffee improves heart health: Numerous pieces of research show that people who consume more coffee lessen the risk of heart failure and other cardiovascular diseases. One reveals that 2 or 3 cups a day is equivalent to 12% of heart disease.
  • It cuts feelings of depression and suicide: Just as we know, coffee is largely caffeinated, and as such, its stimulating effect influences the central nervous system. It strengthens the generation of neurotransmitters, which involve serotonin, dopamine, and noradrenaline. These three inject some thrills and activeness for a bright day!
  • It is said to prevent health disorders: Although coffee is not the only go-to option for a daily nutritional intake, it impedes the likelihood of diseases and consequently enhances the overall body metabolism.

According to medical studies, coffee contains vitamins and vital nutrients such as niacin, magnesium, and potassium. These nutrients aid digestive system health, bone development, and cardiovascular potency, respectively. Also, researchers discovered that daily consumption of coffee made for lower insulin resistance levels, which could protect you from developing type 2 diabetes.

The Disadvantages of Coffee

Excessive coffee intake can cause a lot of disruption in the body system, and this is consequently harmful to health. Let’s take a look at the detriments it causes:

  • Coffee spurs an increase in anxiety: There could be an upswing of anxiety when it is consumed in large amounts. This is because the body is naturally sensitive to the stimulating effect of caffeine. It resultantly affects the body heating up, disruption in sleep patterns, the heart beating faster, and the worst things anxiety could offer.
  • It affects sleep and causes insomnia: Caffeine indeed improves energy levels, but excessive intake of it could well aggravate the chance of insomnia. And as we know, staying awake much longer than we ought to, could provoke bad effects on our health.
  • It can disrupt digestion: When we eat, our body produces HCI (Hydrochloric acid), which helps to digest fats and protein. However, HCI becomes overproduced when we take coffee without eating first, and it influences the risk of digestive issues.
  • Caffeine stands the risk of diarrhea: Caffeine stimulates gut mobility, which medical personnel confirms can worsen symptoms of IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome). If this occurs over time, the body will be sensitive to loose stools or diarrhea.

Wrapping Up

The controversy over whether coffee is good enough for the body, or not, still stands. And this controversy has contributed to the stance of both sides. However, whether coffee is healthy or harmful, the important thing is that it should be taken in moderation. This helps us to sit on the fence, and prevent risks of health crises. By the way, you can check out this post to discover 4 alternative ingredients of honey.

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