are the effects of coffee?
Most people will go to any length to avoid
asking this sort of questions about their habits.
It's just one (or two, or four) cups a day, they reason. What harm
could it do? And besides, studies have shown there are positive effects
to accompany the negative ones.
If you're going to live a healthy life, coffee is among the stimulants
that has no place in your diet.
If nothing else, coffee functions as a crutch, allowing you to get by
without addressing your important needs, such as sleep.
Further, your body's continuous attempts to cleanse itself of coffee
will lead to regular withdrawal symptoms that most people try to bury
under food or ever-increasing dosages of the drug.
When forgoing their normal intake, heavy coffee drinkers will usually
become "ill". They feel weak, a headache sets in, and they may even get
These symptoms of
detoxification will disappear when the body has
finished the job in a week or so, but most people never let it.
Do you think people going through coffee withdrawal will feel the worst
right after eating, upon waking up, or when delaying a meal?
They will likely feel worst in the morning, followed closely by when
they skip a meal. This is because the body goes through detoxification
most effectively when its means is not being siphoned off by the
energy-intensive digestion process. When your mind is asleep and
body is free of other distractions, this process speeds up
When people addicted to substances eat a meal, they often quickly feel
better. There's no mystery here; they just move detox to the back
burner so their body can focus on digestion.
And so you'll find many people in a never-ending cycle of eating to
supress pain. As their digestion ends their head starts to hurt and
they head either back to the coffee or out to the drive through.
Coffee makes us
severe, and grave, and philosophical.
- Jonathan Swift
is incredibly important, but it just doesn't feel good.
You could feel better drinking coffee every few hours to keep the level
of caffeine in your blood constant, or you could take drugs like
Excedrin, Cafergot, or Migrainal, which have narcotics, barbiturates
and caffeine as their ingredients. It it's all too much for you, you
could simply stroll down to the liquor store or go pick up some crack.
The varying effects are just a matter of degree.
At the end of the day, either you or your addictions will be in control
of your life. It's your choice.
The Effects of Coffee -
For some, the most convincing evidence will be the documented studies
showing the harmful effects of coffee.
In terms of disease, hundreds of studies have shown a slight negative
impact from coffee across dozens of areas while some have shown some
positive sides. At the end of the day, one cup of coffee will probably
not kill you or save you.
There are numerous effects of coffee that are still worth considering,
Effects of Coffee Coffee Stresses You Out
Caffeine intake elevates the stress hormones cortisol, adrenaline, and
noreprinephrine. (1, 2)
The end result is that drinking coffee increases the reaction of the
body to the stresses of everyday life (3), revving you up to
unnecessarily highs at the slightest provocation.
It also interferes with your body's ability to calm you down.
I have known the
evenings, mornings, afternoons, I
measured out my life with coffee spoons. -The
Song of J. Alfred Prufrock by T.S. Eliot
Gamma-aminobutyric acid is a neurotransmitter naturally produced in the
brain and nervous system as well as the heart that plays an important
role in mood and stress management and influencing a person's sense of
Caffeine has been shown to prevent Gamma-Aminobutyric acid from binding
to its reception points in the body, preventing it from performing its
calming function (4).
Effects of Coffee Coffee Will Age You
Why do most people drink coffee? They want to have more energy. How do
you get energy? You sleep. Stimulants don't give you energy, they
stimulate the you by making your body use its vital reserves to clear
them from your system.
When stimulants are taken in, blood pressure, temperature, and
respiration rise. Adrenaline is pumped out of the adrenal glands
our senses prepare for flight or fight.
In short, we are suddenly awake, but we have not suddenly become well
rested and energetic. The opposite has occurred, because the body has
been forced to sacrifice its vital reserves to prevent damage to
At the price of this vitality we have temporarily bought off the need
for sleep, but there's no less need for it. The physiological
functions and rejuvenation that should be occurring is not, we we pay
the price by aging.
Lack of sleep has been shown again and again to promote disease and
premature aging (5).
Effects of Coffee Coffee Affects Pregnant
Women And Their Unborn Children
Even among moderate coffee drinkers (2 or more cups a day), consumption
considerably increases the risk of miscarriage and decreases birth
Effects of Coffee Coffee Damages The Heart
In one study, about half of the moderate coffee drinkers in a 4,000
person study averaged an increased heart attack risk by an average of
36 percent compared to those who drank none or little. The study
proposed the other half o the group may metabolize caffeine more
efficiently due to a genetic grait and so receive less stress from the
Another showed that coffee drinkers showed a greater hardening of the
arteries compared to non coffee drinkers (10).
The Effects of Coffee -
Making A Choice
At the end of the day, the the effects of coffee are ambiguous enough
that you could easily convince yourself that it's not going to
seriously harm you.
I think the the greater impetus for giving it up is freedom. Do you
want to be a slave to a substance? Do you want your energy to be
controlled by its comings and goings?
Why not embrance a low fat raw vegan diet and the accompanying
lifestyle of health and see your energy levels skyrocket naturally?
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