The Pros and Cons of Coffee Drinking
Coffee for many of us has been the staple starter that fires up our day. Once you have got into the habit of starting your day with a cup of coffee, it is hard to go back.
The beverage’s warm flavorful liquid and soothing aroma induces a positive feeling making it quite integral especially for “slow” days. This feeling of well-being is generally the immediate positive effects of coffee.
Enjoyment of this beverage comes in many different forms and is now consumed almost at any time of the day which concerns health practitioners as there are findings about the negative effects of coffee drinking.
On the Bright Side
Caffeine has an effect not unlike stimulants which produces the positive behavioral effect that uplifts one’s sense of well-being as well as overall energy level and sense of happiness. Cognition, overall memory and one’s capability to execute intricate tasks are also positively affected due to caffeine’s effect on certain brain areas and certain brain chemicals such as adenosine. It has also been discovered that caffeine prevents symptoms of brain degeneration.
Another popular positive effect of coffee is the large number of antioxidants. Antioxidants are our body’s defense against free radicals. As compared to the next other good source of antioxidants which is tea, coffee has as much as 300% more antioxidant content.
It has also been researched that coffee consumption may be a key factor in warding off several types of diseases. A couple of researches have shown that consuming coffee may lessen the risk of contracting certain kinds of diabetes by up to 30%. Coffee consumption has also been found out to have an opposite relationship in regards to the cases of Parkinson’s disease.
On the Other Hand
One of the many effects of coffee in the human body is its ability to trigger our endocrine system to flush out calcium into our urine. This effect can have adverse drawbacks that could affect our bones and might even lead to osteoporosis. The lost calcium can however be remedied by the added consumption of milk or yoghurt.
Continued coffee consumption can also cause dehydration. This setback can cause our skin to develop wrinkling. This effect can be remedied by the added consumption of water to keep our bodies well hydrated.
It could also partially aid in unwanted weight gain as coffee is usually consumed with food. Apart from the psycho-active effects of caffeine it also affects our blood sugar levels causing fluctuations which contribute to the onset of different cravings.
As with anything, taking too much of something will eventually negative effects. Having everything with proper moderation is key especially in enjoying our favorite brew.