I don’t ever really indulge in anything particularly ‘naughty’ when it comes to food and drink consumption these days. I hardly never drink anymore, my diet is so healthy it’s scary and i’ve never done drugs in my life!
SO, to get any joy out of life i have to look elsewhere at the minute to get that treat at the end of the day or that thing which i can go home too and just enjoy. Right now and for a long time it’s been coffee. In small quantities coffee is no real harm to you however i think it’s safe to safe i am actually addicted to caffeine… which isn’t such good news.
On an average day i would drink up too at least 5 cups of coffee at work a day, more if im working at the pub and most days drink a massive cafeteria of real ground coffee (sometimes two a day).
I noticed that i was drinking a LOT of coffee about two weeks ago and tried to cut down. Drinking only two cups a day but i have to say i found this really hard. As i say, i don’t indulge in anything else like chocolate, alcohol or cake and so i kind of saw coffee as a treat.
I know that excessive amounts of coffee isn’t good for you but i thought i’d delve in a little deeps and see whats what.
Turns out drinking coffee helps can potentially help with all manor of things including:
- Reducing the risk of Alzheimer’s.
- When roasted is full of antioxidants.
- Reduces the risk of gout, gallstone disease and Parkinson’s disease.
- It can improve cognitive performance ie. give you short term renewed alertness.
- Reduces the risk of high blood pressure.
- Has analgesic properties which increases the effectiveness of painkillers and is the reason many over the counter medications contain caffeine.
- You can become addicted to it.
- If consumed to excess it can increase irritability, anxiety and insomnia.
- It can lead to iron deficiency’s and anemia.
- In severe cases can lead to coronary artery disease.
- Excessive amounts will cause loose bowl movement and is basically a laxative.
- It can also make your urine smell and be discoluored.