In our society you would be hard pressed to find multiple people who say they don’t drink at least 1 cup of coffee or caffeinated beverage per day. But the real question is, is this coffee healthy for us?
Depending on the person they will metabolise coffee at different rates. But the general rule is that men can generally metabolise 2 cups of coffee a day fairly easily while for women it is 1 cup. Is this a lot less than you are drinking?
The effects of caffeine can last from 4-6 hours in the body with peak absorption of caffeine usually occurring between the 30-45 minute mark. Over consuming caffeine can lead to a physical dependence, as it is a stimulant to the central nervous system.
Caffeine does have its benefits. In small amounts it has been known to lead to these positives:
- Increased cognitive ability
- Coffee has a large amount of antioxidants
- Can increase happiness
- Can improve physical performance
- Has the ability to burn fat in certain individuals
The average consumption of coffee is between 1.6-3.5 cups per day but of course there are the people who have much more than this and that is when coffee can become a little unhealthy. Drinking too much caffeine per day can possibly have some negative effects such as:
- Increased anxiety levels
- Increased heart rate
- Irritation to the digestive system
- Has been known to lead to adrenal gland fatigue in certain individuals
Overall with coffee, it can have positive effects when had it small amounts but it is when we go overboard that we can start to see the negative side. When the dependence grows from 1-2 cups a day to 3-4 or even 6 that is when it starts to become too much for our body and especially our nervous system. Our body is not meant to function on high alert all day long and this is what too much coffee can lead to. The choice is yours about coffee but for your health the advice would be to not over consume.