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Coffee: Drink it without getting addicted

Coffee: Drink it without getting addicted

Coffee is not “just” a drink; it is an experience to cherish, a few moments to reinvigorate your body and mind. Whether you are a coffee connoisseur or a confirmed lover of this popular beverage, the robust, rich, round taste of the drink will definitely lit up your face with a smile.

However, liking something is one thing, getting addicted to it is totally different. That is exactly the case with Coffee that is fast becoming the major part of the foods and beverages of India.

Coffee is known for its stress booster qualities. But drinking too much coffee enhance can really be harmful for you.

So, if you are also a coffee addict here is some eye-opening information for you:

Source of Maximum Caffeine

Coffee contains a considerable quantity of caffeine. So, it is the perfect drink to instantly boost your spirits. Whether you are a student appearing for a mathematics exam the next day or an engineer feeling fagged out after juggling with a jumble of complicated tasks and formulas for an entire day, a cup of coffee is the perfect solution….. 1 Cup, we mean. It will instantly reinvigorate your body and mind and boost up your adrenaline.

Are you a slave?

However, many people are “coffee slaves” who constantly find excuses for “just having a cup of coffee”. Whether they have a fight with the spouse or are upset with their colleague; the only instant solution they can reach for is, well, a cup of coffee. In the process, they just lose the count of caffeine they intake without knowing the harm it doesn’t their body system.

Caffeine: Two Thronged Sword

A small amount of caffeine keeps us awake and alert. But if taken in large quantities it can cause laxity and ultimately leads to depression. Large quantities of caffeine instantly boost up the spirits giving you a reinvigorating feeling. But later on, you start cools down the spirits to lowest levels thus making you feel sapped. Hence, you would feel the need for more coffee in order to ward off the laxity. It gradually forms a vicious cycle and you become addicted.

There are striking similarities between a coffee addict and a drug addict: both starts with enjoying the good times and gradually are trapped into strong addiction.

Golden Rule: One and done!

Drinking more than 1 cup of coffee a day can significantly increase your adrenaline levels. It also increases blood pressure levels. The lingering strength of coffee can be understood by this: “Just A cup” of coffee taken between breakfast and midday meal can prevent a person from “good night sleep” meaning that the drink is “at work” even after many hours of consuming it.

So, it is always advisable to drink only one cup of coffee preferably early in the morning so that it should not interfere with your nights sleeps. Excessive consumption of coffee is not good for your hormone levels too.

Does it “oil” your brain cells?

Just as we finish the half cup of coffee it seems as our fatigued, rusted brain has been “oiled and serviced”. The struck wheel of thoughts starts moving swiftly and new thoughts and ideas are automatically produced. If it happens, know that caffeine has started its work: stimulating the brain cells vigorously. The sudden excitement and considerable increase in adrenalin levels give an instant, intense dose of “optimistic boost”. However, gradually, the influx of thoughts starts forming unmanageable traffic in our mind-affecting our focus and attention. Even before a thought is formulated well, another thought jumps in. It eventually leaves us exhausted and the result is……guessing it! Yes, you are right… another cup of coffee.

Caffeine: The negative impact of excessive amount

It is now proven that excessive amounts of caffeine can also result in peptic ulcers. Intake of caffeine stimulates nervous system that eventually causes peptic ulcers. So, people with a weak digestive system or stomach problems are even more prone to dangers of coffee and of those suffering from ulcers, even a sip of coffee is, well, forbidden.

Excessive intake of coffee results in constricted cerebral blood vessels and a considerable increase in blood flow. It increases the workload of heart that pumps the blood. These things result in exhaustion. The person starts feeling difficulty in getting sound, quality sleep. The excessive intake of coffee also has a negative effect on metabolism.

Excessive intake of coffee increases alertness. We suddenly feel as if our closed brain cells have popped opened and feel an influx of thoughts at a very fast pace. However, that extra dose of alertness comes at a price. To boost up the thought process, our short-term memory is shut down so that our brain’s energy is used for boosting our alertness. One of the most apparent symptoms in support of this study is finding difficulty in articulating one’s thoughts in precise words or fumbling for the right word even if we are well versed in any language.

Caffeine is also believed to decrease bone density. In a study, it was found that people who intake more than one cup of coffee each day have considerably less bone density than those who don’t take coffee at all. So regular intake of coffee in uncontrolled quantity may lead to bone conditions like osteoporosis. However, the study also revealed that people who take both coffee and milk regularly don’t show any sign of decreased bone density. Or in other words, it seems that the effect of coffee is balanced by milk as milk is known to be bone-friendly, adding to the density of bone and making them stronger.

Coffee: A Brian stimulator

Due to the high presence of caffeine, coffee instantly stimulates the brain. It makes you feel high-spirited and that is the major reason for the drink’s worldwide popularity. But due to this artificial instant stimulation, the natural pace of our body functions gets affected. Caffeine whips our entire system for a sudden artificial stimulation eventually leading to in tiredness and in some cases, depression.

Hence, the person used to coffee feels lethargic and exhausted more frequently that prompts him to take large quantities of coffee making him an addict.

It instantly increases BP

In a study it was found that a regular intake of coffee during 2 weeks can result in a considerable increase in adrenalin levels: 32% to be precise while increasing your BP by 3 points. It was also found that the drinkers’ hormone levels were considerably higher than average and refused to drop even after 10 hours of drinking coffee. It simply means that a cup of coffee taken in the afternoon can ruin your good night sleep. But that is just a tip of the iceberg. The result may be much more harmful in case of prolonged consumption.

Coffee also results in nervous stimulation thus affecting our thought process.

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