Many adults with hectic lifestyles drink coffee to help them. If you prepare your coffee correctly, drinking it can have benefits for your body such as; boosting your physical performance, inducing adrenaline into the bloodstream, keeping you alert during important moments and even adding antioxidants into your body.
If, for some reason you drink coffee prepared “the wrong way”, you could end up feeling sick, have headaches, get intoxicated or severely harm your health in a permanent way. Here are some facts to be aware of.
Things to Avoid When Drinking Coffee
Later we will discuss how much coffee you should consume per day and what are the best and worst times to drink coffee, so for now let’s explore some of the most common mistakes to avoid when when preparing your favorite caffeine drink. It’s important that you take these tips into account in order to enjoy the experience and make it a good one instead of harming your body and causing you irreparable damage.
1. Avoid Adding too Much Sugar and Cream
A lot of people consider the taste of coffee to be bitter and somewhat astringent, this is why they usually cover it up by adding sugar and milk or cream. The thing is, when you add sugar and cream to your coffee, the benefits of coffee are diminished, as well as its memory-enhancing effects. Coffee contains a substance called “chlorogenic acid”, which aids in weight loss. When adding milk, the protein in this liquid reduces the effectiveness of the chlorogenic acid. Also, adding sugar of course increases the calories in your coffee.
2. Never Replace Water with Coffee when Taking Medicine
Certain drugs have very negative effects when combined with caffeine. They can cause palpitations, hand tremors, nausea and other bad reactions that include a significant reduction of the efficiency of the medicine. Among the medicines that interact badly with coffee we can find gastric drugs, antidepressants, quinolone antibiotics, blood pressure lowering drugs, oral contraceptives and sedative hypnotics. Unless you take these medications with plain water, you can expect rapid heartbeats, insomnia, headaches and nervousness. So, to be safe avoid drinking coffee with medications
3. Having Coffee Right after Alcohol
Some people wrongfully say that coffee can soothe the effects of alcohol when, in fact, combining these two can result in very bad consequences. When your body is under the influence of alcohol, you can consider yourself to be in a poor state of health. Drinking coffee right after alcohol could worsen your hangover because caffeine accelerates blood flow and has a diuretic effect, worsening your dehydration.
4. Never Drink Coffee while Pregnant
Several studies have proven that coffee has several effects on a woman’s unborn baby. If you drink coffee, the caffeine will reach the fetus through the umbilical cord. The fetus is highly sensitive to caffeine so you could alter your baby’s sleeping patterns. In addition to this, caffeine increases blood pressure and your heart rate, two things that are definitely not recommended for pregnant women.
There are many things you can (and should) avoid in order to enjoy your coffee every time. Here we have listed some other secret bonus tips that can help you have more energy, enjoy a better performance during the day and even partake of the benefits of coffee without harming your body.
1. The Best Time to Drink Coffee
In case you didn’t know, there is actually a right time to drink coffee. Experts say that the ideal time to drink coffee is 1 to 2 hours after a meal. This is because drinking coffee immediately after a meal might cause reflux, heartburn and discomfort. It’s also not recommended to drink coffee while you eat because it can affect your absorption of iron and result in developing anemia.
2. The Worst Time to Drink Coffee
It is one of the most common habits for people to drink coffee first thing in the morning, right after waking up. However, this is very harmful for your body because it can cause gastric acid secretions, ulcers and even mess with your natural cortisol secretions. For the rest of your day, you might want to avoid drinking coffee at times when your stomach is empty (before having a meal), or even in the middle of your meal. Coffee dissolves your gastric fluids and can end up causing you big stomach problems.
3. What is the Right Amount of Coffee to Drink per Day?
While people have varying sensitivities towards caffeine, e.g. some can take a sip of coffee and spend all night awake, others can have several cups and sleep until late morning, there is a general healthy amount recommended per day. Health experts recommend consuming between 300 and 400 mg of coffee per day for a healthy and average adult (this does not apply to adolescents, pregnant women or people with kidney problems). So, for example, a large cup of iced coffee contains more than 200 mg of caffeine, so no more than 2 cups of iced coffee is recommended. Excessive caffeine intake could cause anxiety, irritability, excitement and strong heart palpitations.
4. Better Energy Boosters Than Coffee
If you turn to coffee in order to improve your energy levels, there are plenty of great options you can consume in order to pump up your metabolism. If you want to stay up late because you have a deadline to meet, you can take a shot (in a tablet or pill) of vitamin B, which is actually better than coffee. Matcha green tea also has great levels of caffeine and can boost your metabolism naturally. Another great drink that gives your body the right amount of energy is coconut water, which is also fresh and avoids dehydration, as opposed to coffee.
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5. Golden Milk is the Perfect Coffee Substitute
Golden milk is a hot beverage that includes ingredients and spices such as ginger, cinnamon, turmeric and black pepper, cardamom, vanilla and sometimes even honey. Golden milk is an ultra-rich substitute for coffee that doesn’t contain caffeine but still provides benefits such as antioxidant action and is an energy booster.
So, now that you know some of the most celebrated benefits of coffee and exactly how to drink it safely in order to take in only the good stuff, go to the kitchen and make yourself a steamy cup of coffee to indulge your senses.