Other than ensuring the coffee addict remains functional, is coffee actually a healthy choice?
I grew up on coffee fumes. It was and “adult” ritual that marked the transition from childhood into adulthood. I remember the first time I was offered a cup of coffee by my mother. It was on the morning of my first weekend home from university.
It was an adult drink. I was now an adult.
Since then the critics have gone in circles from condemning coffee to praising it. Is it good for you or not? In my case – it’s definitely good for those around me 🙂
Negative Effects of Coffee
For the addict (like me) – the withdraw symptoms are annoying but tolerable. Going without coffee in the morning will leave a person tired, inattentive, and will probably develop a wicked headache.
Pregnant women need to be concerned with high blood pressure. This is something they should consult with their medical practitioner.
Coffee can also be harsh on the digestive system and irritate ulcers and cause acid reflux.
Positive Effects of Coffee
The most common positive side-effect of coffee is how it helps to improve focus. How much of that is the addiction itself is hard to say. I’ve not fed coffee to the non-addict but do know that one good strong coffee in the morning helps me to focus for the first few hours of the day. On the other hand, a second strong coffee will put me into a state that is super-difficult to focus.
Coffee will help with stamina and energy for a workout. Drinking coffee while at the gym is not an uncommon sight. Over the years this has been replaced by caffeine drinks like Red Bull – the effect is similar – EXCEPT, those chemical drinks don’t have the nutrients naturally found in coffee (see below).
Coffee can reduce or stop an asthma attack because it is a natural antihistamine. Before the drugs now used were invented, coffee was the go-to solution.
There are other indicators too that coffee will reduce the risk of developing Type II Diabetes. Some studies even show that it is a significant reduction.
Other studies report such positive findings as reduced liver cancers and cirrhosis. Slowing the development of Alzheimer’s, reducing the effects of Parkinson’s, and lowering the chances of developing colon cancer.
It is shown to help boost metabolism.
AND believe it or not coffee isn’t just about the caffeine – it is also a source of nutrients with B2 (riboflavin) & B3 (Niacin) as well as Potassium (important for weight loss) and Manganese.
Potassium & Weight Loss
When you take a look at some of the better foods for weight loss you will notice that many are high in potassium. Foods like fruits and nuts, sea food and vegetables. Not only are these foods high in fibres and healthy fats, they have a positive effect on the metabolism.
You might be low in potassium if you have restless legs or feeling lethargic. Low potassium can actually be indicated by low iron levels. Without enough potassium the body cannot process the iron.