Good or bad? The caffeine debate

Waking up to the smell of coffee … priceless.  A great day usually starts with a large cup of coffee with trim milk and the occasional sugar.  There are a lot of studies around the good and bad affects of coffee, some backing the good benefits and others steering the public away from it.

I am a firm believer that we can have most things in moderation depending on your health (not if your diabetic or chronically unwell).

In the last couple of decades, New Zealand has undergone a coffee revolution as many Kiwis have become connoisseurs of their favoured black beverage.

It is a potent and quick-acting drug which produces an effect similar to the stress response in our bodies. Caffeine affects each person differently, depending on individual circumstances such as weight, build, etc. It has an almost instant effect on your mind-body which will continue to influence your state for 6-8 hours afterwards.

Cons:

  • It is addictive
  • Cortisol levels are raised which in turn results in constriction of the blood vessels, harder pumping of the heart and higher blood pressure.
  • Many of the chemicals in coffee and decaf irritate the stomach lining causing an increase of stomach acid leading to digestive disorders
  • Decreases quality of sleep
  • Increase stress in people who are worn out

Pros:

  • Coffee may reduce the incidence of kidney stones by increasing the flow of urine and decreasing its concentration
  • Caffeine increases intellectual activity when fatigued or bored
  • Coffee may reduce the incidence of kidney stones by increasing the flow of urine and decreasing its concentration
I will leave it up to you to decide your take on this debate … always remember to drink 2 litres of water a day to stay hydrated.
 
 
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