The Big Coffee Debate

Some people say they can’t start their day without a nice, big warm ‘cup of joe’. On the other hand, some people say that too much coffee – or even just one cup causes insomnia, nervousness, a fast heartbeat, restlessness, irritability, an upset stomach and even muscle tremors. Unfortunately I fall into the second group.Too much coffee and it affects my speech and thoughts – my mind literally just starts racing too fast for me while my heartbeat competes for a sprinted marathon. The worst experience I ever had with coffee – and this was totally my fault, was when I couldn’t sleep one night and so there I was, 1 am in the morning watching a bunch of Netflix’s ‘How To Get Away With Murder’ episodes drinking five cappuccinos in a row.

I literally doubled over in the most excruciating pain I’ve ever experienced in my life. It must have been all the acidity in my stomach. I slowly crawled back into bed, lay on my side and eventually, five hours later, the pain disappeared. I didn’t touch coffee again for eight months. That really brought me back to reality with regards to taking care of my own health and Analyze that will help you in your journey to overall health.

The Good Side of Coffee

Coffee Protects Your Heart

Apparently, coffee protects your heart. In fact, two or more cups per day could possibly protect against heart failure – and this comes from a Harvard Study. It has been found that, in instances, where four cups of coffee had been consumed each day, the risk of heart failure had been lowered by 11 percent. It has also been discovered that consuming large degrees of caffeine – that is coffee as well as green tea, has the ability to lower most people’s risk of stroke and cardiovascular disease. Funny enough, this is found truer for women than men.

Coffee Helps You Burn Fat

Ok, so after reading this you probably just want to get a big cup of coffee. Caffeine is found in most fat burning supplements. Caffeine actually boost the metabolism by 3-11%. Some studies show that caffeine can actually increase fat burning, by as much as 10% in obese people and 29% in thinner people. The only catch is that if you are a regular coffee drinker, these effects will diminish.

Coffee Possibly Protects You From Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease

The thought of Alzheimer’s is scary. It is the most common neurodegenerative disease and the leading cause of dementia across the globe. Unfortunately, it affects many of our parents and grandparents over the age of 65. At the present time, there is no known cure for it. Several studies have actually shown that coffee drinkers have up to 65% lower risk of getting Alzheimer’s. There is also a lot of evidence that green tea extract reduces the risk of Alzheimer’s in a big way as well as other forms of dementia.

The Bad Side Of Coffee

Coffee’s Connection To Acid

Coffee is exceptionally acidic and can stimulate the hypersecretion of gastric acids. In fact, decaffeinated coffee increases acidity to a greater degree than regular coffee. When it comes to gastric acid secretion, both caffeine and coffee stimulate this.

Coffee Increases Stress

The caffeine found inside coffee increases your stress hormones (catecholamines). This stress response pulls forth cortisol and increases insulin. Insulin, in turn, will increase inflammation which makes you feel terrible at the end of the day.

Blood Sugar Woes

Drinking a lot of coffee leads to decreased insulin sensitivity and this means big problems for your cells to respond well to blood sugar. High blood sugar levels lead to many health problems in the long run.

At the end of the day, it is your choice whether you want to consume coffee or not. All I can say is that everything done in moderation is fine by me!