Coffee drinkers cannot face the day without their cup of coffee in the morning, which is not surprising given the mildly addictive stimulant caffeine component in the coffee. Tea is the second most consumed beverage in the world, next to water. This may come as a surprise to you, but if a person drinks coffee or tea, cola or indulge in the occasional piece of chocolate, then it is considered as having a narcotic drug.
Today, we have coffee or tea shops at every corner, especially in malls that are widely visited and patronized. Tea, coffee, cola and chocolates are so well integrated into our culinary culture or lifestyle these days that we barely give its health effects a second thought. The three are highly addictive and may cause unpleasant withdrawal systems, if you stop drinking suddenly.
The get energy source indulgence that is pretty much needed by morning coffee drinkers on their way into work may have surprising detrimental effects to your beauty and health. Every cola beverages contain significant levels of caffeine. However, although coffee is typically more stimulating than tea, research has shown that unmade tea leaves have more caffeine than unmade coffee beans.
This is because the caffeine content in tea is extracted during the first ten seconds of brewing, and when you throw the bag away, it leaves less in the tea than what you can possibly drink in coffee. You may want to take a look at just how much caffeine you get in a typical day, especially if you have been lately bothered by headaches, restlessness or anxiety.
People nowadays are becoming increasingly aware of the side effects of caffeine. Here is a drug that has shown no signs of slowing, and it is packed in over 136 million bags exported around the world. It has been proven to be a great stimulant for the central nervous system too.
The bag is coffee and the drug is the caffeine! Tea, energy drinks, chocolates, chewing gum, sweets, and even weight loss tablets have all got a caffeine content now. There is also signs of growing trend mixing alcohol and caffeine.
Baldness and thinning hair
Caffeine has a surprising relationship to this condition. Caffeine has not been implicated as a cause of baldness. In fact, there is evidence that caffeine can actually help stop the process that causes baldness. A study by the International Journal of Dermatology in January 2007 found that when the caffeine was added to a medium in which hair follicles taken from men with androgenetic alopecia were growing, the caffeine succeeded to stimulate hair growth.
Caffeine has a positive effect on the hair follicle, as it tends to produce more ATP, resulting in the hair continuing to grow. When you drink products that contain caffeine, the chemical can get into your system and actually reach the hair follicles, thus promoting hair growth.
This is one of the reasons coffee has emerged as the latest cure for baldness. A study in Germany found that when an extracted human hair was treated with testosterone and caffeine in a test tube, the caffeine has made the hair grow faster.
Well, here is the bad news. You can try drinking at least 40 to 50 cups a day, which can be toxic. To solve the problem, scientists made a shampoo from concentrated caffeine. This may not be true if you already lost your hair, but if you wash your hair with it, hair loss will fall by 20%.
Using the caffeine shampoo from an early age helps keep the hair roots active and grow your hair. Caffeine as an ingredient in shampoo and hair care products, can stimulate hair roots and improve their structure and growth.
When coffee is topically applied to the hair and scalp, it makes its way into the hair roots and stimulates them. The stimulated hair follicles and enabled hair shafts seem to grow faster by blocking the effects of DHT.
You can apply 2 tablespoons of coffee powder to your hair and leave it for about 20 minutes. To create a coffee hair rinse, you can brew coffee in boiling water, allow it to cool, and use it as a hair rinse for smoother and silkier hair. The idea is to rub a caffeine rich solution to the scalp.
Drinking the coffee is not effective, but rubbing it on your scalp may help grow your hair. Besides preventing male baldness and hair loss, it stimulates the hair roots in the scalp of women and triggers stronger hair growth.
Coffee raises blood pressure
Caffeine can cause a short, but dramatic increase in your blood pressure, if you are not used to drinking it. The cause of the spike is still unclear and requires further study. One survey reported a reduced risk of heart disease in coffee drinkers, with heavy drinkers getting the most benefit.
Although some got annoyed of the rapid pulse or jolt, the coffee does not seem to cause serious disorder of the heart’s rhythm, even in recent heart attack patients. However, most people get the neurological actions of coffee, which includes insomnia, anxiety, and tremors. In fact, habitual coffee drinkers develop a mild dependence that making a sudden withdrawal can trigger temporary headaches or depression.
A recent analysis of controlled clinical trials reported a positive relationship between cups of coffee consumed on a daily basis and elevated systolic blood pressure, independent of age. For people with high blood pressure, the caffeine quickly increased the stiffness of the large arteries. Drinking more than 4 cups of coffee a day may increase your blood pressure.
If you are a big fan of coffee, tea or other caffeine rich drinks, such as cola and some energy drinks, consider cutting down. Numerous studies have shown that drinking 1 or 2 cups of coffee raises the blood pressure by about 5 mm Hg, which occurs because of the constriction of the arteries. This effect is seen to be smaller in people who drink coffee regularly, suggesting the effect may wear off with time.
Several studies found that low concentrations of caffeine may produce small decreases in the heart rate, where higher concentrations may make the heart beat abnormally fast. It constricts the cerebral blood vessels in the brain.
If you drink about several cups of coffee or tea a day, and then you suddenly quit, the blood vessels will dilate enough to give you a powerful headache. Caffeine is a strong diuretic, and can make you urinate more than usual, which may be due to the increasing blood flow through the kidneys.
Tea and coffee should not be taken by individuals suffering from asthma, due to the tremors that some may experience after drinking either of the two. Adult asthmatics who drink real coffee regularly (not the decaffeinated form or tea) have 30% fewer attacks than do non-coffee drinkers. Its active ingredient, methylxanthine, dilates the bronchial tree by relaxing the muscles that go into spasm.
The confusion is whether you are going to drink a decaf or non-decaf coffee. The caffeine content of the coffee can be reduced by decaffeination. In the US, the nondecaffeinated coffee is called regular coffee.
Coffee causes insomnia
Caffeine can produce insomnia, which can delay the onset of sleep and reduce your total sleeping time. Whether you have trouble falling asleep or staying asleep, insomnia impacts your everyday life, including relationships and work productivity. Stimulant drinks that contain caffeine, such as coffee, tea, soft drinks, and energy drinks can interfere with sleep.
Drinking coffee in the late afternoon can keep you from falling asleep at night. In addition, other side effects may bother you, such as nervousness, restlessness, irritability, nausea, gastrointestinal problems, fast or irregular heartbeat, muscle tremors, headaches or anxiety. So, if you are tired of not getting a good night’s sleep, try reducing your caffeine consumption.
Caffeine has a half life of 8 to 10 hours, which means after 8 hours, half of the caffeine is still in your system. Caffeine metabolism slows as you get older. Your body can’t process caffeine as efficiently in your 40s as you were in your 20s.
This means that the same amount that didn’t bother you before, may have an effect now. So, drinking too much too late in the day may inadvertently be arresting your sleep. Stay away from anything too stimulating, before you go to bed.
The biggest difference between coffee and tea may emerge once your head hits the pillow. Coffee drinkers find it difficult to drop off to sleep at night, perhaps maybe because the higher caffeine content finally catches up. Tea drinkers had longer and more restful slumbers.
Coffee cause infertility
One study reported women who drink in excess of one cup of tea or coffee every day, especially in an empty stomach, are only half as likely to conceive as those who drink less than a cup a day. Furthermore, research has shown that even a little bit may reduce fertility in males by damaging the sperm.
Semen quality, which is a predictor of male fertility, has been declining worldwide. One cause is lifestyle, such as male coffee or caffeine consumption hypothesized to influence the sperm DNA integrity.
The semen seemed not to be affected by caffeine intake coming from coffee, tea and cocoa drinks. The caffeine from cola and softdrinks has shown a negative effect on the semen volume, count and concentration.
In another study, results have shown the group that consumed mainly cola based softdrinks had 30% lower sperm count. Researchers believed some ingredient in the cola flavored soda can be causing this, but haven’t determined the culprit yet.
Another study indicated that drinking 2 or more cups of strong coffee a day may lower the chances of men in becoming fathers and believed that caffeine may harm the sperm at a molecular level. The caffeine may perk you up mentally, but for women, it could have the opposite effect on their fallopian tubes and find it difficult to get pregnant.
Caffeine doesn’t affect every woman’s ability to conceive, but several research has shown that women who consume more than 300 mg of caffeine per day are twice as likely to experience infertility for a year or more. Men who consume more than 700 mg of caffeine per day have partners who take longer to conceive. A study has shown that men who consumed more than 308 mg of caffeine per day have 20% more DNA damage in their sperm than men who don’t consume caffeine.
Drinking coffee may alter DNA in fetus cells, causes leukemia
A study in the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology published that drinking more than two cups of coffee a day during pregnancy increases an unborn baby’s risk of childhood leukemia by 60%. More than that, and the risk raises to over 70%.
The researchers believed that caffeine acts as a DNA inhibitor or a carcinogen metabolism inhibitor, that can possibly alter the DNA of a fetus’ cells, and makes the unborn baby susceptible to childhood leukemia. The study only observed coffee consumption and did not take into account the size of coffee consumed or how it was prepared.
Acidity and sciatica
Excessive coffee drinking in adults predisposed to rheumatism and invites disaster when near the 40th year. There is chemical proof to the effect that caffeine is converted into uric acid in the body. Uric acid, besides being the sole cause of rheumatism, is one of the many acids that leads to trouble and internal dissension. Once the disease becomes fixed, ordinary methods of treatment are as rule but palliative.
Sciatica refers to the nerve pain that shoots rapidly down from the buttocks and unilaterally down one leg, usually ending in the foot. True sciatica is caused either by a herniated disc or uterine pressure on the sciatic nerve.
In addition to the pain, you will feel numbness in the affected leg. It can cause tingling or numbness and can limit the ability to drive, sit, walk or work.
Sciatica is specifically a neurological pain, but can be caused by a chill, exposure to damp, eating too many cold and raw foods, and poor circulation. Also, it can be caused by the consumption of highly acidic foods, such as coffee, sugar, white flour, and alcohol. Any, or all of these can cause nerve blockage and congestion of the blood and lymphatic system.
Avoid excessive consumption of foods that drain the body of its thiamine and magnesium, such as coffee, tea, colas, and fizzy drinks, chocolate and refined sugars, which reduce the body’s ability to cope with pain. People who drink too much water in the morning or drink tea, coffee, cold drinks in an empty stomach or while standing will generally have weak back or suffer from back problems.
Don’t you know that eating too many sweets can cause pain in the bones, while eating too much salt can destroy the great bone? Could your morning cup of coffee be having unintended consequences?
Caffeine stresses the adrenal glands, which are the round disk shaped organs located only a few inches across that sit atop each kidney on the posterior side of the body, which is right in the area of the lower back. While a single caffeinated drink gives you a little boost, it can rapidly lead to weakened adrenals over time.
When this hit of adrenaline is sought day in and day out or even several times a day, especially if that morning cup of coffee is followed by a caffeinated soda or chocolate bar in the afternoon and an espresso after dinner, it can also stress and weakens the entire area around them including the lower back.
This unchecked caffeine habit weakens the adrenals and sucks the vital nutrients away from the ligaments and tendons. Here is a simple way to test adrenal fatigue. Take a fork and run it gently across the inside of your forearm. In about 10 seconds, the lines should turn red, if it is not turning, it can be a sign of adrenal fatigue.
Spinal stenosis is a slow narrowing of the spinal canal. The patient drinks a cup of coffee, tea, or a cola drink, eats chocolate, or uses food preservatives. The caffeine or theobromine migrates to the adrenal medulla, where it stimulates production of a catecholamine (epinephrine, norephinephrine, or dopamine in the brain).
The hormones cause undesirable, harmful changes to occur in various organs and blood vessels, including the deposit of cholesterol, plaque, or calcium in the blood vessel walls throughout the entire body. The vitamins and minerals become excreted from the body prematurely, thus causing even further damage.
Many coffee drinkers are prone to suffer from hair loss. If you have been noticing large clumps of hair during hair wash, then it is recommended that you abstain from drinking excessive coffee. Heavy coffee drinking prevents your hair and body from receiving vital minerals, such as the magnesium, zinc, calcium, and iron.
Coffee leads to deficiency of iron, which causes hair to fall out. Hair loss is the most typical symptom due to lack of iron content in the body. Caffeine also reduces the levels of Vitamin B, which is necessary for healthy hair.
1 to 2 cups a day of coffee can be fine, but drinking 400 to 800 mg a day will ruin your health and hair. However, if you wash your hair with coffee, it might just do the reverse. Caffeine has been proven to stimulate the hair follicle when applied directly to the scalp.
Slipped disc, arthritis, and weaker bones
Drinking tea and coffee seems to disrupt the body organ clock rhythms of extreme morning people. Tea and coffee are poison on an empty stomach. They are the cause of infections of the liver, kidney, and intestines.
Excessive boiling of tea and coffee produces tannin acid, which causes liver problems and damages the digestive system. People who drink tea, coffee often (especially in the morning) will have constipation, hair loss, and loss of semen, disease of leukemia in women, weaker bones, piles, acidity, slipped disc, sciatica, arthritis and other ailments.
Carbonated beverages, such as softdrinks, champagne, and sparkling water leach calcium from your bones. They also have excess phosphates that can cause even more calcium loss. One study on 16 to 20 year old women showed that half of them were already showing bone loss as a result of excess softdrink intake.
Each cup of coffee that you drink makes you lose 150 mg of calcium in your urine. Naturally decaffeinated teas are a better option, but if you must drink caffeinated coffee, at least increase your calcium intake by 150 mg for each cup you drink. Better yet, ask your doctor what is best for you.
Your adrenal glands
Adrenal fatigue is when the adrenal glands are so overloaded with stress that they don’t operate correctly. Adrenal fatigue is typically due to high and prolonged levels of stress. Any kind of stress directly affects the adrenal glands.
The adrenals are small but might glands, that sit on top of the kidneys. Their function is to release hormones that trigger the fight or flight response when you are confronted with stressors. Here is the problem – coffee stimulates the adrenal glands.
Each time you drink coffee, you are activating the body’s fight or flight response. Instead of releasing adrenaline, the body reacts by releasing this hormone in response to your coffee consumption. When the adrenal glands burn out from overuse, they can lead to adrenal fatigue.
Cortisol production is naturally high in the morning, because one of its functions is to help you rise and shine for the day. Of course, when you reach for a cup of coffee, it will artificially spike the cortisol levels again. These same people experience huge cortisol surges at meals, which causes them to overeat.
They end up having higher body fat, lower muscle mass, and a reduced metabolism, thus burning fewer calories. They also don’t sleep well at night, because elevated cortisol levels keep them from entering deep rebuild and repair sleep your body needs to feel rejuvenated and rested.
Coffee culture is big business, but it is also the biggest enemy of adrenal fatigue sufferers the world over. Tea and some ice cream products can also contain unexpected amounts of caffeine. So, when you are suffering from or are susceptible to high levels of stress consuming caffeine will do you more harm than good.
When there are increased levels of stress related hormones in your body, insomnia and sleep disruption becomes more frequent. This increases the insulin resistance that may lead to abdominal obesity. In turn, the deposition of abdominal fat further increases the release of stress hormones. This adds stress to stress, which is a very dangerous feedback loop.
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Drinking coffee can be less harmful when you don’t drink it in an empty stomach. Weight loss is not possible, when you stressed your adrenal glands. Caffeine is everywhere, and it is not just the coffee. For a healthy aging and wellness, it is recommended to limit your caffeine intake, and you bet you know where you get it. Is your coffee a friend or foe? It is now up to you to figure it out!