You know how it goes: anything that is delicious in this world tends to come at a price. As much as we enjoy the occasional Big Mac for lunch, it’s not for every day! The same applies for coffee. Coffee is a delicious drink that comes with a number of benefits, however, if you drink it to excess, then you are going to suffer for it.
In this article, we are going to look at some of the negative effects of coffee and what drinking too much can do to your body…
What are the bad things about coffee?
You might be surprised to learn that there are indeed some bad things about coffee. How can such a delicious beverage have a negative side?
First of all, it is important to understand that drinking coffee isn’t bad for you. It’s all about moderation. However, if you go overboard and start drinking excessively, this is when you will start to experience the negative aspects of the beverage.
So, don’t panic! It’s important to do your research and understand the potential harm that coffee can cause, but all in all, if you are careful with it, you will be able to enjoy coffee every day without feeling the negative impacts.
What does coffee do to your body?
Coffee does more than ignite your taste buds with its delicious earthy tones and give you a little buzz in the morning…Drinking excessive coffee can have the following effects on your body:
What it does to your central nervous system:
Caffeine is a stimulate for the central nervous system. Once it reaches your brain, the most noticeable effect that you will experience is a sense of alertness. You will feel much more awake and less sluggish, which is why it is a common ingredient for medications that are used to treat headaches, migraines, and indeed drowsiness.
Other symptoms that come from caffeine withdrawal can include:
- Increase anxiety
What it does to your digestive and excretory systems:
Caffeine can be acidic thus producing higher amounts of acid in your stomach. This is why people may sometimes experience an upset stomach or heartburn. The extra caffeine doesn’t get stored in your body either. It is then processed in the liver and exits through your urine when you go for a wee. This is why you may have noticed increased urination or ‘the need to go loo’ shortly after drinking a coffee.
What it does to you circulatory and respiratory systems:
Caffeine is absorbed through your stomach which then reaches its highest levels within your bloodstream in an hour or two of consuming it. Caffeine is also notorious for causing people’s blood pressure to rise for a short time after drinking coffee. This effect is said to be attributed to either a temporary block on the hormones that widen your arteries naturally, or an increase in adrenaline (hence the buzz).
For most people, there are no long-term effects on blood pressure from drinking coffee. However, some people, particularly those who suffer from an irregular heartbeat, force their hearts to work harder.
To be honest, if you have high blood pressure or have suffered from heart-related issues in the past, you should double check with your doctor to find out how much coffee (if at all) is safe for you to consume.
What it does to your skeletal and muscular systems:
Large amounts of caffeine may interfere with the metabolism and absorption of calcium. This can contribute to the thinning of your bones (aka osteoporosis). You may also notice muscles twitching after consuming too much coffee.
What it does to your reproductive system:
If you are pregnant, drinking coffee can affect your baby’s heart rate, causing their metabolism to increase. Too much caffeine can also contribute to an increased risk of miscarriage. But don’t panic! A little bit of coffee is safe to consume, just try to avoid overdoing it until the baby arrives; lord knows you’ll need the caffeine when the time comes!
Is coffee bad for liver?
Again, drinking high amounts of caffeine can be damaging to your life—particularly if you regularly drink alcohol.
Is coffee bad for kidneys?
Caffeine can increase blood flow and blood pressure, adding stress to your kidneys. If you drink too much of it, it can be bad for your kidneys. There are even links to kidney stones as well.
Is coffee a blood thinner?
Caffeine does have the capacity to inhibit your metabolism of warfarin, which enhances its plasma concentration and anticoagulant effects—in other words, too much can thin the blood.
Too much coffee can be bad…but a nice cup of Joe every morning isn’t going to do you any harm at all. So, if you are going to drink coffee, you just as well go all out and get your hands on the most delicious Santi Panich Coffee, right? Healthy doses of the very best! You can’t go wrong.