7 Adverse Effects of Coffee

Ross Quade | Health | 26 Sep, 2014 | No Comments

Strange golden smoke taking away from coffee seeds

Drinks that contain caffeine such as coffee are very popular. In fact, 50% of Americans drink coffee on a daily basis. That percentage continues to grow every year. When drinking coffee, most people love the flavor and everything about it, including the jolt of energy. While true, sadly, coffee isn’t the greatest for a person as it can cause a host of side effects. In fact, over the long-term, a person who drinks coffee can end up paying higher life insurance rates, due to the negative effects that caffeine consumption can have on the body. With that being said, here are seven adverse effects of coffee.

1.  High Blood Pressure

High blood pressure can be an indicator of poor health. As mentioned earlier, when in poor health, a person may have to pay higher life insurance rates. Low blood pressure and low heart rate is usually an indication of good cardiovascular health. When blood pressure and heart rate is high, it is consider a red flag for insurance underwriters. Lowering your blood pressure and keeping it low will help keep insurance cost in check. If caffeine is the cause of high blood pressure, luckily, when toning down the coffee drinking, you will see a drop in blood pressure. However, a coffee drinker who already has high blood pressure should quit drinking coffee altogether. If they enjoy the habit, it’s wise to consider decaf, as one will not have to worry about the issue.

2.  Insomnia

Everyone needs a good night’s sleep. When a person gets a good seven or eight hours of sleep, he or she will feel refreshed and awake in the morning. Coffee contains caffeine and caffeine has the ability to prevent our natural ability for drowsiness to set in. If a coffee drinker has a cup of coffee in the late afternoon or early evening, he or she may struggle to go to sleep at night. The lack of sleep can lead to a host of issues such lack of concentration, weight gain, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, breast cancer, as well as other types of cancers. Not to mention one cannot feel their best when they are tired all the time.

3.  Malnutrition

Since caffeine slows down the body’s ability to absorb minerals, vitamins and other valuable nutrients, a drinker can suffer health problems in the long run. For example, in the long-term, coffee drinkers often struggle to keep enough iron in their bodies. Not only that, when drinking too much coffee, one may purge their body of calcium, which will cause serious bone density issues later in life. Also drinking coffee in high amounts may hamper hunger and can also lead to cravings for sugary low nutritional value foods.

4.  Obesity

Coffee consumption in high amounts, 5 or more cups a day, can lead to obesity. A compound found in coffee called chlorogenic acid has been found to inhibit the absorption of glucose in the body that in turn can lead to a higher body mass. Also, caffeine stresses the adrenal gland, which can lead to a person gaining excess weight with ease while drinking too much coffee. A simple solution to this is to be sure to control how many cups of coffee you have on a daily basis.

5.  Immune System Problems

When looking to stay healthy, one will obviously want a healthy immune system. When the cold and flu season rolls around, a person will struggle mightily if he or she has a bad immune system that is too heavily taxed. Sadly, coffee drinkers have a lower immunity as the production by the adrenal glands slows greatly when drinking too much of this drink. While it’s easy to not notice this, a coffee drinker who is older will probably start to get sick more often than his or her non-coffee drinking friends.

6.  Fertility

Coffee in moderate amounts shouldn’t have much affect on fertility; however, when thinking of becoming pregnant there can be a reason to be somewhat cautious. Caffeine can limit ones ability to become pregnant or cause one to lengthen the time it takes to become pregnant. This is due to the fact that caffeine has been known to interfere with the maturation of egg cells. Also, women need a certain amount of the hormone progesterone in order to carry a baby. When consuming too much coffee the adrenal glands cannot create cortisol, which is necessary when the body experiences stress. In turn the body may use up any reserved progesterone to make more cortisol. As a result, a woman who drinks too much coffee will see her progesterone levels fall as her body takes it to create more cortisol. When trying to have a baby, a woman should tone down her coffee drinking. In fact, plenty of women are now opting to skip coffee altogether when they want to have a baby.

7.  Ulcers

When a person has stomach problems, it may be linked to coffee. Anyone with Crohn’s Disease, IBS or ulcer issues should consider a healthier habit. Ulcers are mostly caused by a bacterium called Helicobacter pylori bacteria. This bacterium is commonly found in the stomach and is most likely contracted by food. While alone, this does not sound like a problem; a coffee drinker must know that they may weaken their stomach lining further. When consuming coffee for a long period of time, one may notice their condition worsens. Luckily, if a person is susceptible to these conditions or already has problems, they can tone down their coffee drinking and improve their condition.

While some think coffee is a miracle drink, it may not be as good for you as you think. While it’s okay to have a cup here and there, a smart person should tone it down or quit altogether as coffee is simply not healthy.


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