It is no surprise that Americans love their coffee. One day we hear that coffee is bad for us, the next it is a healthy drink. We are bringing you the pros and cons in two easy to read lists to decide for yourself whether your addiction to your morning cup is a blessing or a curse.
Pros of coffee drinking:
- Less likely to have type 2 diabetes
- Less likely to have Parkinson’s disease
- Less likely to have dementia
- Less likely to have certain cancers, such as colon cancer
- Less likely to have heart rhythm problems or strokes
- Contains good-for-you antioxidants
- Protects against liver damage, gallstones, and kidney stones
- Improves work performance
- Helps control asthma
- Caffeine increases production of Dopamine in the brain, a chemical crucial to pleasure and motivation
Cons of coffee drinking (in relation to caffeine):
- Can raise blood pressure and blood levels of adrenaline
- Puts you at risk for heart disease
- Increases cholesterol levels
- Puts you at risk of osteoporosis (bone loss)
- Can give you heartburn
- Can dehydrate you
- Can cause heart palpitations, tremors, and insomnia
- Can cause diarrhea and frequent urination
- Can cause headaches, drowsiness, and depression
So when you choose coffee, decaf is best. If you need your morning cup to get you going, limit moderation and be sure to drink plenty of water along with your coffee throughout the day. This will keep you hydrated and feeling great. Also remember to stop drinking in the afternoon so you’ll be able to fall asleep at bedtime. Now that you know the facts, you can decide based on your health needs whether you should keep going for the Joe or limit your coffee habits.
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