Most people consume coffee to boost their early morning routine while others claim to have a cup for a calming effect. Whether you drink it for function or for pleasure, coffee can potentially be healthier than you think.
But what's disturbing is that a tremendous number of people, including you, are made to believe that coffee is good for your health. Like a drug, coffee gets you addicted to drinking it every time.
In fact, drinking coffee has become so addictive that some people can't get through the day without downing several cups in the morning, noon and night.
Here are the 7 side effects of coffee to your health:
1. Coffee and Hydrochloric Acid
HCL should only be produced to digest meal, thus drinking coffee on an empty stomach in the morning could be a problem. Your body make HCl more often in response to regular cups of coffee, so when large meals enter your stomach, it will be difficult to digest it.
Experts says, it can be associated in a variety of health problems, from bloating and gas to diverticulitis and even colon cancer.
2. Ulcers and Acidity
Many of the compounds in coffee like caffeine and the various acids found in coffee beans can irritate your stomach and the lining of your small intestine.It’s known to be a problem for those suffering from ulcers, gastritis, IBS and Crohn’s disease and doctors generally advise patients with these conditions to avoid coffee completely.
3. Heartburn Problems
Acid reflux and heartburn can be caused by coffee due to the way it relaxes the lower esophageal sphincter. This small muscle should remain tightly closed once you’ve eaten to prevent the contents of your stomach from coming back into the esophagus and burning its delicate lining with Hydrochloric acid.
4. Coffee as a Laxative
Some people use coffee deliberately as a laxative, but there’s a problem with this. Iy promote increased gastric emptying, whereby the stomach’s contents are quickly passed into the small intestines, often before the digesting food has been properly broken down. With this, it increases the chances of irritation and inflammation within the gastrointestinal tract.
5. Getting Not Enough Minerals
Heavy coffee drinkers may have difficulty getting enough minerals in their diet, even if they eat mineral rich foods or take supplements. This is due to the way coffee affects iron absorption in your stomach and particularly your kidneys ability to retain calcium, zinc, magnesium and other important minerals.
6. Acrylamide in Coffee
Acrylamide is a potentially carcinogenic (cancer-causing) substance that forms when coffee beans are roasted at high temperatures. The darker the roast, the higher the levels of acrylamide are likely to be. In fact, coffee has been shown to be one of the major sources of this dangerous chemical in diets.
7. Coffee, Stress and Tension
Drinking lots of coffee will promote the release of the stress hormones which increases your body’s heart rate, blood pressure and tension levels. Many people are very protective of their coffee and probably won’t like to hear all of these health problems associated with it. But if you’ve made it reading this far, perhaps you have a feeling that there could be some value in cutting down a bit or even replacing it altogether.
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