A Coffee a Day Keeps the Doctor Away?

Many opinions and regarding coffee drinking whether it's good or bad. We here at Soon love our coffee but we try to limit our intake to 1 cup a day, not always successful. Everything in moderation right?

Here’s some of the benefits and side effects of drinking coffee. 

GOOD:

Coffee has some essential nutrients in it, one cup contains:
Riboflavin (Vitamin B2): 11% of the RDA.
Pantothenic Acid (Vitamin B5): 6% of the RDA.
Manganese and Potassium: 3% of the RDA.
Magnesium and Niacin (B3): 2% of the RDA. 

Lower risk for type 2 Diabetes
Might lower the risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health discovered that drinking more than one cup of coffee a day, more specifically 1.69 cups per day, lowered the risk for type 2 diabetes with 11%.

Boost Metabolism
Studies show that caffeine can boost your metabolic rate by 3-11% other studies show that it can specifically increase burning of fat. However, these effects might not be as effective in long-term coffee drinkers.

Lower risk of Liver Cancer and Disease
It has been shown that drinking coffee can lower the risk of liver cancer as well as liver disease. Some research shows that drinking three cups a day the risk of liver cancer is reduced by more that 50%. 

 

BAD:

Increased Hydrochloric Acid Production
Drinking coffee on an empty stomach stimulates the acid production in your body which is what should be produced to digest meals. This is a problem if the body has to contentiously produce this acid, as it might have difficulty producing enough to deal with larger meals. This means that you could be passing down undigested protein into the small intestine which is not good news. Health problems associated with this range from bloating and gas to IBS, diverticulitis and even colon cancer.

Weakens Small Intestine Lining
Coffee beans contains various types of acids that can cause problems in your stomach and the lining of your small intestine. Drinking coffee can weaken the protective lining of the small intestine causing a range of stomach related problems such as cramps, constipation, diarrhea, IBS.

Coffee is a Laxative
Coffee can stimulate the process of the digestive tract, making you pass down your food too quickly before your body get a chance to 1 breakdown your food properly and 2 benefit from the nutrients in your food. The laxative effects of coffee increases the chances of irritation and inflammation within the gastrointestinal tract. 

Increased Stress
If you drink a lot of coffee will make the body release stress hormones into your body, which increases your body’s heart rate, blood pressure and tension levels. The body can go into “fight or flight” mode which makes the body ready for potential threat this makes the digestion suffer.

Dehydration
Because coffee is a substance that increase your urine production coffee drinkers are at bigger risk of dehydration. Make an effort to drink enough water during your day!

Depression
On top of all that caffeine can cause anxiety, depression and changes in mood.

Sources: Health Ambition, Medical News Today