A nice cup of coffee makes our day a lot better. At least, we think so. Not only do we love it (especially with sweet extras mixed in), it can certainly provide that little pick-me-up we sometimes need. Do you also drink a few coffees every day? Maybe it’s time to think this through.
After smoking, alcohol, meat and lactose, it is now coffee’s turn for a significant drop in popularity. And for these reasons.
The massive wake-up call of coffee drinkers
Sweating, shaking, anxiety and palpitations: almost every coffee drinker has experienced what it feels like to drink too much coffee. While for many this unpleasant feeling is simply a sign that they have drunk too much coffee, for many it has now acted as a true wake-up call. Because if this is the reaction your body has after a cup too much, what is it actually doing subconsciously to your body if you drink it every day?
Innocent cup of coffee or socially accepted mind-altering substance
Whether you drink your coffee black or make something special out of it every day, it doesn’t seem to be very healthy at all. While the black stuff is one of the most socially accepted mind-altering substances in the world, it turns out to be not so innocent at all.
In the office, walking out several times a day to smoke would mean serious looks and drinking alcohol or snorting cocaine would mean instant dismissal. Yet this is different for coffee, which is also a stimulant. In fact, if you knock back several cups of coffee during an office day, your colleagues will most likely think that you are a hard worker.
The original effect of caffeine
Like many other stimulants, caffeine masks fatigue. This substance, which is also present in high quantities in coffee, ensures that you get more energy. What hardly anyone knows is that caffeine was originally used as a medicine. It was used as a remedy for sore throat, chickenpox, kidney stones and measles, among other things. Even now, the positive effect is still emphasized. It would reduce the risk of diabetes, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, colon cancer and even dental plaque.
Almost 80% of the Dutch drink coffee at least once a week and 66% even enjoy a cup of coffee every day. Many already start their day with it and reward themselves several times a day during coffee breaks. Because drinking coffee is seen as normal, it is not labeled as a drug by anyone.
The anti-coffee movement
After years of dependence on coffee – resulting in headaches, fatigue, disturbed sleep, irritability, high blood pressure, hormonal imbalance and a reduction in function – more and more people are now quitting overnight. Only after several months without coffee do they notice that they are themselves again.
Although caffeine addiction is still not a formally recognized diagnosis, it does meet the general criteria of addiction. For example, alleged addicts continue to use caffeine despite its negative effect on their lives and would like to stop but find it difficult to do so. Opponents claim that it is nonsense and believe that coffee promotes health. The golden answer probably lies in the middle.
The golden mean
“Starting your day with a cup of coffee shouldn’t be a problem, but keeping yourself pumped up throughout the day with caffeine shot after caffeine shot is like whipping up a tired horse,” nutritionist Stephen Cherniske said in an interview with Esquire. . Excessive use of caffeine causes overstimulation of the nervous system, which leads to excitement, increased heart rate and high blood pressure. It can damage the central nervous system and is the cause of numerous physical and psychological problems. Enough reasons to try it out to go through life without coffee for a while.
Shocking! This is what caffeine (after your nice cup of coffee) does to your body