Caffeine: Is it Healthy or Horrible?
If you’re like most people, you revel in that first cup of coffee every morning. It gets you feeling all warm and fuzzy, and it starts waking up your senses and revving you up to start the day. You may even have a second cup on your way to work, while sitting at your desk, or on your lunch break if you’re feeling particularly sluggish.
But if you’re looking to lose weight, get fit or just be healthier, it’s time to rethink that daily coffee habit. While eating right and working out will certainly be effective, coffee (and other caffeinated drinks, of course) can actually set you back. Plus, they’re detrimental to your overall well-being and health.
Are you still chugging those Starbuck lattes or getting your daily Diet Coke fix? If so, these caffeine facts might change your mind:
- It can disrupt your sleep patterns. Caffeine can cause insomnia and restless sleep, and make it difficult for you to feel fully rested – even after a full eight hour under the covers. As we all know, sleep is hugely important to our overall health. It’s the time when our bodies recover (especially if you’ve been working out), and it keeps us mentally sharp.
- It causes anxiety. Caffeine also leads to anxiety and stress, which can adversely affect our health. These feelings can lead to stress eating and depression, and they make it much harder to lose weight.
- It causes bone loss. This is particularly important for women to note, as they’re already prone to problems like osteoporosis when aging. Caffeine actually makes this process worse, and it has been shown to cause bone loss in the spine.
- It can lead to high cholesterol. This one just applies to coffee, but it’s an important issue to note. Coffee contains an ingredient called Cafestol, which has been proven to raise LDL cholesterol levels (those are the bad ones)!
- It can mess up your stomach. If you have heartburn or acid reflux, caffeine-full drinks like soda and coffee can make them worse. They’re acidic, and they irritate the gastrointestinal tract. If you’re trying to eat healthy and lose weight, the optimal function of these systems is crucial. Caffeine can threaten all that, making it hard to absorb vitamins and mineral, and causing digestive issues.
If you’re taking steps to lead a healthier life, it might be time to take a second look at that morning cup of coffee, too. While cutting back on coffee, try drinking green tea in the morning instead. Remember, the biggest party of getting healthy is fueling your body. Give it lots of what it needs – fresh produce & grass-fed animal protein and plant protein.
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