Coffee is a healthy drink. It’s a drink stimulating with caffeine and polyphenols that offers multiple benefits for your body, including your brain. Although the benefits are more, the consumption of coffee also can have negative effects if you don’t consume it in moderation or if you combine it with other drinks and medicines.
How much coffee is healthy?
Moderate coffee consumption is 3 to 5 cups a day or up to 400 mg of caffeine suggest United States Dietary Guidelines.
5 negative effects you can experience when drinking coffee
The caffeine in coffee can help decrease or trigger a headache. In small amounts, caffeine alone can ease migraine pain in the early stages, or enhance the pain-relieving effects of acetaminophen / acetaminophen (such as Tylenol) and aspirin. Mayo Clinic.
But if you consume a lot of caffeine, you can increase your risk of a debilitating headache, especially if you have a migraine.
2. Nerves, anxiety and muscle tremors
Drinking coffee in excess can provide you with high doses of caffeine that can have negative effects such as anxiety, restlessness, insomnia, and increased heart rate.
Some People are more sensitive to caffeine than others. Caffeine also has effects on the nervous system, so if you are sensitive to the effects of caffeine, even small amounts can cause unwanted effects like restlessness and tremors.
If you’ve been consuming caffeine on a regular basis and then suddenly stopped, you may be caffeine withdrawal. Symptoms can include: headaches, drowsiness, irritability, nausea, and trouble concentrating, as shared by National Library of Medicine of the United States.
These symptoms are usually mild and can persist for up to a week.
4. Upset stomach
Caffeine increases the release of acid in the stomach, which sometimes leads to an upset stomach or heartburn.
5. Frequent and urgent urge to urinate
Caffeine has stimulating effects on the bladder. High caffeine intake can make you want to urinate more frequently and urgently.
Coffee and pregnancy
Pregnant women are also advised to consume less than 200 mg of caffeine per day, the amount in 2 cups of coffee, because caffeine passes through the placenta to the fetus and has been associated with pregnancy loss and low weight at birth.
Interaction with drugs and alcohol
Drinking caffeinated beverages can cause a rapid heartbeat and high blood pressure if taken with other medications such as stimulants and decongestants.
Caffeine can also cause the body to break down a drug too quickly to lose its effectiveness.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention they do not recommend mixing alcohol with caffeine. Alcohol is a depressant that can make you drowsy or less alert than usual. When alcohol is mixed with caffeine, the caffeine being a stimulant can mask the depressant effects of alcohol and you may want to drink more, increasing the risk of harm attributable to alcohol.
When to limit coffee consumption
- In pregnancy
- In lactation. Even a small amount of caffeine that you consume passes to your baby.
- When there are sleep problems.
- If you have migraines or other chronic headaches.
- You have anxiety.
- You have gastroesophageal reflux the ulcer.
- There are heart rhythm problems fast or irregular.
- You have high blood pressure.
- Certain medications are taken stimulants, antibiotics, for asthma and for the heart. Check with your doctor to see if the coffee interacts with the medication.
- Children they can be especially sensitive to the effects of caffeine.
- People at risk of osteoporosis. Caffeine can interfere with the absorption of calcium in the body.
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Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.