Coffee drinking | The positives and negatives in 2020
Coffee has ardent supporters and consistent critics. Love it or hate it, it seems coffee is here to stay, with its presence becoming common worldwide.
Whether this is the mother’s milk that makes you capable of slaying a beast or is, in fact, the beast itself, has been argued for some time.
However, instead of choosing a group to stand with, we decided to present the Pros and Cons to you for you to make an educated decision.
Coffee Pros and Cons
- Healthy mind – Your body receives antioxidants which help keep your brain healthy and boost the efficiency of your neurotransmitters.
- Anti Diabetic – Studies show that drinking 4 – 6 cups a day could potentially lower the chance of getting type 2 diabetes by 30% (this applies to decaf too).
- Improved cognition – It has been discovered that people who start the day with coffee handle thinking tasks more effectively than those who do not. In addition, it would appear that coffee drinkers will also learn and remember more information.
- Cardiovascular system – Coffee may increase blood pressure, but it may lower the chance of heart disease and heart failure.
- Cancer – It is thought that drinking 4 – 6 cups a day could potentially reduce the risk of various forms of Cancer due to antioxidant and anti-mutagenic properties.
- Increased risk – Coffee does have some side effects. It appears that drinking coffee will cause you to lose more Calcium which is carried out excessively in the urine. This, however, can be helped by adding 2 tablespoons of milk or milk substitute to level up the Calcium in your coffee.
- Weight gain – Caffeine is considered as an appetite suppressant. While this can be helpful in weight loss programs, increased caffeine also boosts sugar level fluctuation. This can cause sugar cravings, which if consumed, will have the opposite effect of weight loss.
- Sleep loss – For people who consume large amounts of coffee, this could become a reality. The rule of thumb is that it takes 6 hours for caffeine to leave your body. Drinking decaf may be helpful in not causing interrupted sleep if you are drinking coffee closer to your bedtime.
- Acidity – The acidity of coffee is associated with heartburn, indigestion, digestive discomfort and dysbiosis (imbalances in gut flora).
The good news is that you don’t need to give up this delightful beverage. Keep enjoying your cup, but do so in moderation to keep your health happy. If you are looking for some places to find your favourite beverage along the N3 route, you can find them in a blog post here.