Better to be careful: The health effects of morning coffee are not good

Better to be careful: The health effects of morning coffee are not good

That caffeine is not the best substance we can ingest is a common belief. That it has some important benefits may not be so widespread, but more and more people are aware of it. However, the notions that we still have about coffee are wrapped in the darkness of doubts and the mythology of health. These can be dangerous in that, in certain cases, they can be especially harmful to people with certain clinical problems.

This is the case, for example, of a story recently presented by The Daily Mail. Its protagonist, Chris Herner, related how the consumption of coffee in the morning had negatively affected his health. Specifically, in the effect of a condition known as atrial fibrillation, which affects millions of people and is characterized by the rapid and arrhythmic heartbeat. It is the most frequent type of arrhythmia.

Nobody has been able to conclude that coffee is absolutely good or absolutely bad. Herner had to face a couple of problems in such a situation. First, while it takes the symptoms to become noticeable. Secondly, to the very difficulties of making the diagnosis (his doctors initially considered that it was a stress problem). Third, the amount of caffeine in decaffeinated coffee that, despite its name, contains between 1 and 2% of caffeine. It is just one more story of the thousands who warn us that we should know the effects of caffeine to act accordingly.

A study published last 2012 summarized in a fairly accurate way the contradictions that surround the drink that came from the East. "People who drink coffee are more likely to live. People who drink coffee are more likely to die. " Paradoxical, right? Actually, it is not so much. Simply stated, those in charge of carrying out the study, coffee can have both positive and negative effects on its consumers, which can cause it to lengthen life or shorten it if other factors such as tobacco are taken into account. No one has yet been able to affirm absolutely positively or negatively whether coffee is good or bad.

In what there is no doubt is that, for some diseases, it is preferable to stay alert to the effects of coffee, although we continue to feel the benefits of its stimulation. After all, it is the most important psychoactive in the world. In addition, the time at which the drink is consumed is decisive, because if we have an empty stomach, as in the morning, its effects will be felt much more. Coffee is one of the most addictive drinks there is, and it is normal to start the day with a good cup of coffee, and most people do not have problems with this habit, however, there could be certain side effects.

These possible negative effects can occur, due to the great addiction that can cause caffeine, but if you had doubts about the effects that can have on the body, review the entire article.

Despite the fact that coffee is one of the most popular and consumed drinks worldwide, and that its numerous benefits have also been made known, there is also the other side, which when consumed can have certain side effects, knows which ones are :


Caffeine keeps us awake and active, but at the same time, it makes us nervous, irritable, anxious or makes us suffer tremors and even heart palpitations. It is not advisable to consume it if there are problems of high tension, although it is a conception that has been increasingly questioned. In 2011, a study from the University of Michigan State noted that, contrary to what was thought, there is no definitive connection between hypertension and coffee consumption.

Contrary to what is thought, that to start the day by having a good cup of coffee to be able to have energy, in some people it could have a side effect like accelerating the heart rate, generating nervous tension, and that this prevents there being energy, besides it will be difficult relax.


The amount of coffee consumed is a very important factor in the appearance of headaches. If we consume high levels of caffeine (more than 400 mg a day), we are more likely to suffer from chronic headaches - that is, more than 14 days a month -, as indicated by a Norwegian study published in the Journal of Headache Pain. However, low levels of caffeine may be beneficial, as research conducted by the Chicago Diamond Clinic Headache noted that 58% of patients suffering from headaches improved after having a cup of coffee. In addition, coffee often accompanies treatments with analgesics, as it enhances its effects.

Sleeping disorders.

It will not surprise anyone to discover that coffee takes away to sleep, especially if we take it in the evening (let alone at night). Insomnia is caused in a large number of cases by caffeine, a powerful stimulant. With one caveat: it is shown that to certain people, coffee keeps them asleep more deeply. Genetics plays a key role at this point.

It Affects the cardiovascular system. 

In certain cases, coffee can act positively on the cardiovascular system, if it is taken in moderation and there is no previous health problem. A study by Dr. James Greenberg of Brooklyn College said in 2007 that drinking four cups of coffee a day can prolong your life by reducing the chances of heart disease. However, because it increases heart rate and blood pressure, consumers with heart problems should be careful with the amount of caffeine they consume.

It causes the SPI (Restless Legs Syndrome). 

Because coffee stimulates the nervous system, it promotes the possibility that the SPI appears. It is the syndrome that causes us to need to move our legs continuously (to a greater degree in the evening and at night) and that also influences insomnia. It is a rare disease, although some say that up to 10% of Spaniards can suffer from it, which causes pain or sensations of heat or cold in the legs.

Increase cholesterol. 

A substance contained in coffee, cafestol, is responsible for raising cholesterol levels in our body, as revealed in 2007 by a group of researchers from Baylor Medical College in Houston (Texas). According to the data provided by this study, consuming five cups of coffee a day over a period of four weeks caused the blood cholesterol to increase by six to eight percent. However, some coffee filters would eliminate the oils that contain this cafestol.


Leaving coffee can be in some cases a complicated and painful process. You do not need to drink ten cups a day to notice the side effects of abstinence from caffeine. One study showed that even those who ingested 100 ml., A minimum amount, noticed the consequences of the abandonment of the drink. Some of the symptoms that appear when you leave the cafe overnight are headaches, anxiety, fatigue, sleep, difficulty concentrating.

It has Diuretic effects. 

Coffee stimulates the production of urine, which causes us to evacuate more frequently but also increases the risk of dehydration, due to the water and sodium that are eliminated. This also reminds us why we should never drink coffee if we are a hangover, something that is usually done thanks to the effect of immediate welfare that causes, but in the long run is only harmful. However, more and more doctors relativize the importance of these diuretic effects of coffee.

Production of hydrochloric acid in the body.

The consumption of coffee, especially in the morning, fasting, allows the production of this type of acid. What can lead to causing certain alterations and abnormalities in health? The production of this acid must occur, be produced to digest the meals.

Specifically, protein digestion is affected by the lack of hydrochloric acid in the stomach. So by not having good digestion of proteins, there may be diverticulitis, swelling, health problems, etc.

Health experts consider that the lack of good digestion or alterations in it is due to the lack of hydrochloric acid in the stomach, and may be related to several health problems. Therefore, it is important to avoid foods and beverages that may affect the proper functioning of the body, which affects digestion.

 Health problems.

Some studies have found that coffee compounds, such as caffeine and other substances found in coffee beans, cause alterations in the stomach, producing acidity, altering the lining of the small intestine.

In the case of people suffering from gastritis, ulcers, esophageal reflux, Crohn's disease it is not advisable to drink coffee, as it could aggravate the symptoms, and make the condition worse.

But probably, it can also be one of the causes of this type of symptoms, due to excess coffee consumption. Maybe one of the most common side effects that this drink could cause. Although the most likely cause of this type of problem such as ulcers, gastritis, is caused by a bacterium called Helicobacter pylori, coffee has an acidic effect on the stomach so it could damage the lining of the stomach.

In addition, it also damages the mucosa of other organs such as the intestine, and among the most common symptoms that may occur are spasms, cramps, diarrhea, vomiting, constipation. Etc. common symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome. There are certain changes in eating habits that you can make, if you suffer from these conditions, in addition, you must stop drinking coffee.

Reflux cause.

In addition, of all the side effects already mentioned, which can cause the habitual consumption of coffee, another of the symptoms that are directly related is esophageal reflux, in addition, there may be burning in the stomach.

The esophageal sphincter must remain well closed, to prevent the gastric juices, hydrochloric acid, from returning to the esophagus and injuring it, and causing reflux or burning, that burning sensation.

In itself, caffeine has the effect of relaxing the esophageal sphincter, as well as cola drinks that contain it, teas, or other energy drinks, so consuming both coffee and these drinks can cause these bothersome symptoms.

It is not as good as a laxative.

In addition to drinking coffee for its rich flavor, and because it wakes us up, coffee is sometimes used for medicinal purposes or as part of natural remedies, since it has been assigned laxative, diuretic, etc. properties.

But using it as if it were a "laxative" can stimulate peristalsis, that is, accelerates the digestive process that allows you to go to the bathroom quickly. However, although coffee can stimulate this, and "relieve" constipation, it can stimulate gastric emptying, which can lead to discomfort of the stomach and esophageal reflux and heartburn.

In addition, these symptoms can also limit the absorption of nutrients and alter digestion. So it leaves the organism vulnerable to suffer gastrointestinal problems. These side effects that can occur, not only because of caffeine but also by health experts, have found that drinking decaffeinated coffee could also have the same effect of gastric emptying.

Possible risk of cancer.

It has been found that coffee could contain a substance known as acrylamide that is potentially carcinogenic. This is the result of exposure to high temperatures when roasting coffee beans.

The darker the coffee, the higher the acrylamide content, and it has been shown to be a dangerous chemical.

Affects the absorption of minerals.

One of the disadvantages and side effects of habitual consumption in the daily diet of coffee is that it can affect the absorption of nutrients as important as minerals. This, despite consuming mineral-rich foods.

In addition, the substances that contain coffee affect the absorption of iron in the stomach, in addition, to affect the function of the kidneys, preventing them from retaining calcium, magnesium, zinc, and other important minerals.

If there is not a good absorption of magnesium, this could cause intestinal alterations, therefore, the low consumption of coffee is recommended, in order to allow a correct absorption of minerals, which are essential nutrients to maintain good health of the organism.

So, for many people, it may not be beneficial to drink coffee, as it could alter their health, their mood, and increase stress. Incredibly but the digestive system the mood are related to each other. So, threatening your health can make your days are not so good.

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