This Is What Can Happen To Your Health If You Drink Too Much Coffee

All of you coffee lovers who really enjoy drinking coffee (and cigarettes), it’s time to reconsider your choices. The very first thing to do in the morning for so many folks out there is to fill a cup of coffee so that they can open their eyes. I know it might be hard to break a habit, but that’s for sure not one of the most healthy habits to have. Stick with this article to know why drinking too much coffee can affect your health. Don’t get out of here without knowing the facts. It’s crucial you become aware, then what you decide to do with your health, it’s in your hands.

Caffeine affects your body physically and mentally since it’s a psychoactive drug. It being such drug means you can get dependent on it. And just like with any other drug, trying to get rid of it from your frequent menu it’s going to leave you with withdrawal symptoms. Caffeine in large amounts can make you more stressed out and irritable.

Anyhow, most of the information you have about the physical and mental effects coffee has in your body, are wrong most of the time. Coffee will not cause your heart palpitations when consumed the right quantity. Nor stunt your growth; nor interfere with the development of fetuses. Still, the effects in your body are not unnoticed. Scroll down to find out exactly what effects coffee has on your body.

 

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Dr. Kathryn Boling who is a  primary care physician at Mercy Personal Physicians at Lutherville in Maryland told INSIDER:

Becoming habituated to drinking coffee is when your body gets used to having caffeine — you can easily become psychologically dependent on it.

We drink caffeinated drinks like coffee or Red Bull to keep us energized and focused. What caffeine does, it’s that it mimics a “sleepy” chemical in our brains called adenosine. The brain recognizes caffeine a lot like this chemical. Adenosine declines as you sleep so that you naturally feel more awake in the morning. Caffeine has the ability to block the buildup of this “sleepy” chemical by tricking your brain. Caffeine does this by attaching itself to the adenosine receptors. That’s the reason why the more you drink coffee, the more you crave to drink. Just like with any other drug, huh?

 

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Scientists have classified caffeine as one of the most common psychoactive drugs in the world. Whoever decides to cut off coffee from their lives, is going to experience withdrawal. Dr. Boling said:

If you’re a coffee drinker and you abruptly stop drinking it, you’ll feel sluggish. You have a strong reaction because it is a drug. Our bodies become used to getting that drug to wake up and focus. You get this terrible headache and it won’t go away until you have that cup of coffee. Similar effects can be observed with nicotine withdrawal.

Based on the findings of a 2013 survey in the Journal of Caffeine Research, “the majority of addiction professionals believe that caffeine withdrawal and dependence disorders exist.” Caffeine addiction is not yet recognized as an official diagnosable disorder. According to a publication in the International Psychopharmacology journal, a review of more than 60 studies and surveys, found that people suffering from caffeine withdrawal experience symptoms such as headaches, fatigue, depression, difficulty concentrating, irritability. In some cases, even flu-like symptoms. Also, if you drink multiple cups of unfiltered coffee a day can lead to long-term heart problems.

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Dr. Boling adds:

Anyone who has ever drank too much coffee knows what that feels like: Your hands get shaky, you feel jittery, and and your heart rate goes up.

The long-term effects of a heavy coffee habit, which means more than four cups of coffee a day, might contribute to an increased risk of heart disease and heart failure. According to a 2015 Italian study published in the Public Library of Science, your risk of cardiovascular heart disease has a lot to do with how coffee is prepared. The study found that drinking more than two cups of unfiltered espresso or cappuccino does have a negative impact on the health of your heart. The study’s authors concluded:

In this study, the risk of coronary heart disease was significantly greater than reference (<1 cup/day) for those whose intake of Italian-style coffee was greater than two cups per day. The preparation method can affect the concentrations of diterpenes and caffeine.

Surprisingly, on the other hand, if you’re drinking only a couple of filtered cups of coffee a day, you might, in fact, improve your heart health.

 

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Your brain signals your adrenal glands to produce more adrenaline when you’re flying high on the effects of your double shot of espresso. This feels like an energetic rush to your body, also known as the “fight or flight” response. Biologist Neal J. Smatresk of the University of Texas at Arlington told Scientific American says:

During stressful or emergency conditions, [chemical messages] raise the rate and force of the heart, thereby increasing the blood pressure and delivering more oxygen to the brain and other tissues.

Your “fight or flight” mode leaves you with less control which can result in you feeling irritability, stress, and aggression. That’s because your base emotions are in the driver’s seat and your body is producing much more adrenaline.

 

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Adrenaline is one of two chemicals secreted from the adrenal glands. Caffeine consumption gets another chemical in the body activated and that’s cortisol. Cortisol is known as the stress hormone. The times when you’re mind is telling you those negative stuff, you know, are the times this cortisol dude starts flowing your brain. A study published in the Psychosomatic Medicine journal concluded:

Elevation of cortisol may occur in the afternoon hours in those consuming repeated doses [of caffeine] throughout the day.

The study’s authors specified though that the negative effects of the cortisol hormone are reduced if you have a regular moderate coffee habit.

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Your coffee habit can turn you into an insomniac. Drinking coffee regularly before going to bed can lead to a long-term effect on your sleep patterns. An article published in the Advances in Psychiatric Treatment journal concludes:

It is well-known that caffeine produces insomnia. It reduces slow-wave sleep in the early part of the sleep cycle and can reduce REM sleep later in the cycle. Caffeine increases episodes of wakefulness and high doses in the late evening can increase the time taken to fall asleep.

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A few cups of coffee a day have the ability to make you anxious. Even worse for those suffering from a mental illness like anxiety or obsessive-compulsive disorder. Regular caffeine consumption can lead to making you feel aggravated. According to another article published  in the Advances in Psychiatric Treatment journal, it is found that:

Clinically, caffeine may be involved in the precipitation, exacerbation or maintenance of anxiety disorders. Sensitivity to caffeine is increased in people with panic disorder and social phobia, and administration of caffeine can provoke panic attacks in these individuals.

Ehsan Ali, a doctor at Beverly Hills Concierge agreed, stating:

Since caffeine is a stimulant, it boosts our adrenaline. The symptoms associated with anxiety are due to overstimulation of our nervous system/adrenaline. Therefore, people who already suffer from anxiety do not want to increase the intake of any substance that will increase and/or boost their adrenaline.

Are you convinced already that your should lower the intake of caffeine during the day? Do you have any experience with drinking coffee which lead you to experiencing any of the symptoms above? Let us know in our comments’ section. We’d want to know.

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