Your day might not begin without downing a cup of coffee. After all, that shot of energy starts the day. But, have you ever stopped and thought of quitting coffee?
Before that, coffee isn’t all that bad. It’s the caffeine you have to worry about.
Here are 10 reasons why (no pun intended) you should seriously consider quitting coffee:
1. Lack of sleep
There have been numerous studies to show that caffeine affects your sleeping pattern. One particular study was conducted with the help of 191 participants. Uniformly, people who had had coffee struggled to sleep as well as their coffee-less peers. It was also observed that even though they didn’t sleep well, they felt drowsy every four hours after having a cup owing to the half-life of coffee.
This is an effect most people don’t know about. Caffeine causes anxiety. We crave for the energy that coffee induces. Along with that, caffeine also activates our fight or flight’ hormones. Increased heart rate, nervousness, anxiety, and jitters are the side effects. For patients of anxiety, coffee is an absolute no-go at all costs.
3. Type 2 diabetes
Depending on what type of how you take your coffee, caffeine can cause or fight Type 2 diabetes. It’s true. Coffee both causes and fights Type 2 diabetes. If you take your coffee black, it reduces the risk of diabetes. But, like the majority of people, if you take it with sugar, it can lead to Type 2 diabetes. It’s not just coffee though. Caffeine comes in all sorts of forms. One dangerous one is aerated drinks. All aerated drinks have caffeine and they all increase the chances of Type 2 diabetes.
Most people who drink coffee regularly get a headache when they miss one. This is because of caffeine withdrawal. It also causes fatigue and irritability. If you miss a coffee once, you might have difficulty concentrating and experience brain fog. All these are because of caffeine withdrawal. However, if you resist coffee for a week, you are no longer addicted.
5. Nutrient absorption
Caffeine prevents efficient absorption of calcium, Vitamin B, and iron. These vital nutrients are essential for a healthy functioning of the body. In older people, the effects are magnified. Because the body is naturally getting weak, its ability to absorb nutrients gradually goes down as well. External inhibition can further aggravate the problem. As a general rule, anyone above the age of 60, should avoid coffee.
6. Weight loss
This again, does not apply to people who take their coffee black. In any other form, caffeine leads to weight gain. Caffeine in itself has no effect on your weight. But caffeine is usually paired with sugar. This is especially true of sodas and aerated drinks. They all contain caffeine. While you will also suffer the side-effects of caffeine, the added sugar content will lead to weight gain and Type 2 diabetes.
7. Drug interactions
Caffeine interferes in the general functioning of the body. The functioning of your pill has a real chance of being prevented or affected by caffeine. Prescription drug sales are at an all time high. 70% of the population has used one at some point. Caffeine can have adverse effects when paired with the wrong drug. They can affect bone marrow functioning, prevent the drug from working altogether, and in some cases even cause irregular heartbeat.
8. Blood pressure
A study conducted in 2004 in no uncertain terms pointed out that there was extensive evidence that caffeine increases blood pressure. It also pointed out that caffeine may be contributing significantly to deaths caused by cardiovascular complications. Since then, innumerable studies and experiments have confirmed the results of that study.
9. Skin problems
If you want to age with fewer wrinkles and healthier skin, coffee isn’t for you. Your skin stays healthy by producing collagen. Caffeine interferes and reduces your ability to produce sufficient quantities of collagen. It doesn’t stop with skin either. Collagen is responsible for the health of your skin, nails, and body as well.
10. Digestive issues
Emphasis on the plural. The most irritating one on a day to day basis is diarrhoea. Caffeine has the effect of a laxative that increases your bowel movement. The result is usually diarrhoea or loose stools. Caffeine present in aerated drinks may also lead to gastroesohpageal disease or GERD. A GERD patient may experience food traveling up the oesophagus to the throat every time they burp.