If tea was discovered by a Chinaman, the credit for discovering coffee goes to an Arab Sheppard. Every second person in the city, who claims they are not a tea addict, is secretly a coffee addict. I for one can’t live without my morning cuppa. It immediately charges me up and wakes me from the slumber that lingers until I take the first sip or smell the aroma rising from my mug… Ah, pure bliss! But just to be fair, since we previously did a feature on side effects of tea addiction, here are the side effects of coffee addiction.
- Drinking coffee on an empty stomach, such as first thing in the morning, stimulates hydrochloric acid production. This could be a problem because hydrochloric acid should only be produced to digest meals. So it isn’t such a good idea to have coffee on an empty stomach. “Okay, point noted.”
- The various acids present in coffee beans can irritate your tummy and the lining of your small intestine. This can cause ulcers, gastritis, and Crohn syndrome.
- Coffee relaxes the lower esophageal sphincter (which should remain tightly shut once you’re done eating, else there’ll be puke all around), and this can result in acid reflux and heartburn.
- Coffee can also stimulate peristalsis, which is the process by which we feel the urge to head for the bathroom. Some people even use coffee as a laxative (to ease their poo) which is harmful for our health.
- Coffee restricts the nutrients in our food to be properly absorbed into the blood flow. The contents in our stomach are quickly passed on to the small intestines without the food being properly digested.
- It also increases the chances of irritation and painful inflammation within the gastrointestinal tract.
- Since coffee doesn’t let our body digest the food well, it can lead to hardening of stool and causing constipation.
- Drinking coffee frequently promotes the release of the stress hormones cortisol, epinephrine and nor-epinephrine. These increase your heart rate, stress levels and blood pressure.
- Although you drink coffee to kick off the drowsiness, coffee can cause disturbances in your sleeping pattern and that will in turn affect your overall health.
I know many people are very possessive of their coffee and probably won’t like to hear all of these health problems associated with it. But if you’ve made it this far, perhaps you have a feeling that there could be some value in cutting down a bit of it. Ciao for now; time my evening espresso shot… Oops!