We are what we eat and also what we drink. We are very used to watching our diet especially when we want to lose weight, however we do not always pay due attention to the drinks we consume. The truth is that there are some daily habits that we do automatically, like that express doble To survive morning meetings, the typical office vending machine soda to avoid a mid-afternoon power outage. A deliciously sugary cocktail or a cold beer to unwind at the end of a long and exhausting workday. Some of these drinks seemingly innocent they can be a factor that deteriorates health and increases caloric intake.
In fact, according to Mayo Clinic there are some drinking habits that shorten life or at least affect overall health. This is not to say that we cannot enjoy an occasional latte, beer or cocktail. In fact, there are multiple studies that support the medicinal benefits of certain popular drinks, such as red wine and coffee that can extend the useful life thanks to their antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. The key, as with all things, is moderation. It is also important to consider any pre-existing health problemsuch as high blood pressure, diabetes or high cholesterol, as well as any medications that can interact with certain beverages.
Based on this, we undertook the task of compiling some of the main bad habits related to the intake of beverages, which may be playing against you and that perhaps it is a good idea to break.
1. Drink more than four cups of coffee a day
Of course, we all love drinking coffee in the morning, it is the stimulant par excellence that fills us with energy. However, it is very important to monitor daily consumption, according A study published in Mayo Clinic Proceedings, drinking more than four cups a day can increase the risk of dying from a number of diseases if you are under 55 years of age. In fact, researchers found that death rates from all causes increased by more than half in people who consumed more than 28 cups a week. The truth is that today we have numerous scientific references that support that it is safe to drink one to three cups of coffee a day, no more. A cup of coffee is the equivalent of 6 to 8 ounces. The researchers observed that one of the reasons this association may be stronger among younger men and women is that they may be more likely to engage in other unhealthy behaviors, such as a poor diet or increased alcohol consumption. Although the reasons are not so clear, it is believed that they are related to the high caffeine content, which has the potential to stimulate the release of epinephrine, inhibit the activity of insulin and increase blood pressure.
2. Drink sugary drinks regularly
This is probably one of the more recurrent and harmful habits, since it encompasses the entire range of commercial sugary drinks such as juices, coffees and teas. In fact, there is data released by Mayo Clinic, in which it is checked that he regular consumption of sugary drinks it is one of the drinking habits that most deteriorates the quality of life and is related to weight gain, type 2 diabetes, heart disease and stroke. There is also another very relevant reference, a large study published in the revista Circulation in which it was revealed that people who drink more sugary beverages have a higher risk of premature death, especially from heart disease, than those who drink less. As a result, the recommendation of all health organizations is clear and they strongly ask to opt for unsweetened beverages such as water, tea, iced tea, or coffee.
3.Drink lots of caffeinated beverages if you already have high blood pressure
The connection between caffeine and high blood pressure is a subject that remains under scrutiny. However, information released by the renowned Mayo Clinic states that caffeine can cause a short-term spike (but dramatic) of blood pressure and can also result in long-term increases. It is believed that this effect could be due to the fact that caffeine makes the body release more adrenaline (a stress hormone that raises blood pressure). Or it could be that caffeine blocks a certain hormone that helps keep your arteries wide. However, specialists emphasize that it is important to take into account that the effect may be more significant, in people who consume caffeine infrequently. Therefore, the Mayo Clinic recommends limiting caffeine consumption to 22 milligrams per day maximum (about two 8-ounce cups of coffee). Remember that a wide range of sodas, coffees, commercial teas and energy drinks contain high levels of caffeine.
4. Drink soft drinks daily
Of course this is nothing new, for years we have been warned about the consequences of excessive consumption of soft drinks. Even drink soda in moderation can cause serious damage to health and body weight, it is well known that it is one of the worst habits that exist. According to Mayo Clinic, drinking one regular soda a day is equivalent to up to 32 pounds of sugar per year, which is alarming given that consuming too much added sugar is linked to an increased risk of obesity, high blood pressure and cholesterol, diabetes, and inflammation in the body. Always avoid them and bet on the consumption of drinks and natural infusions.
5. Excessive alcohol consumption
If you drink alcohol every day, or have more than several drinks in a single session, Mayo Clinic strongly recommends observing your habits to protect your health. Alcohol in excess is considered one of the consumption habits that most deteriorates the quality of life. High-risk consumption is defined as more than three drinks in a day or more than seven drinks in a week for the women. For the men over 65, it’s only one drink per day, and for men under 65, is more than four drinks in any day or more than 14 drinks a week. Although beer or wine from time to time with dinner, or a drink at night, is not a health problem for most people, when it becomes a daily activity we can suffer serious consequences in the short, medium long term. For women, this damage occurs with lower doses of alcohol, because their bodies have a lower water content than men’s. Excessive alcohol consumption can increase the risk of serious health problems such as pancreatitis, certain cancers, heart muscle damage, stroke, liver disease, depression, altered moods, and sudden death if you already have cardiovascular disease.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.