Can Dogs Drink Coffee Or Is It Dangerous To Share This Drink?
Coffee is one of the most popular beverages among humans. If you are not familiar with it, then you may want to read this article first before proceeding further. You will learn about the benefits of drinking coffee and how it helps people stay alert throughout the day. The caffeine in coffee makes people feel awake and energized. People tend to consume more coffee when they have been working hard or need some extra energy. Drinking coffee is considered as a good way to keep yourself focused during the day.
However, there are certain dangers associated with consuming too much caffeine in general. Caffeine causes various health problems such as insomnia, anxiety attacks, restlessness and other mental disorders. These effects can cause headaches and even death if consumed over time. There are many things that can be done to avoid these negative side effects.
However, if you decide to start drinking coffee, then you must take precautions so that you don’t suffer from any of these harmful effects.
The following are some of the reasons why it is dangerous for people to drink coffee:
1) Caffeine Causes Insomnia and Sleep Problems – Caffeine causes sleep problems because it interferes with our natural circadian rhythm which controls our body’s sleep patterns.
People will feel more awake after drinking coffee despite being exposed to darkness. When the sun is out, our body naturally starts producing a sleep-inducing hormone which makes us sleepy. This sleep-inducing hormone is called melatonin. Melatonin causes drowsiness and makes us less alert during the day.
Insomniacs usually suffer from a lack of melatonin secretion. Drinking coffee at night will make it harder for your body to release melatonin. This explains why drinking coffee before going to sleep can keep you awake or prevent you from falling asleep.
2) Caffeine Causes Anxiety Attacks – Caffeine works as a stimulant in our body and makes us feel more alert.
The stimulating effects of caffeine are most noticeable when it is withdrawn. Some people who consume excessive amounts of coffee suffer from anxiety, stress, restlessness and even paranoia when they haven’t had their daily dose.
3) Caffeine Causes High Blood Pressure – People who suffer from high blood pressure are more likely to have a heart attack or stroke.
Drinking too much coffee can increase your risk of developing various heart problems in the future.
4) Caffeine is Addictive – Regular caffeine users develop a tolerance for caffeine which causes a physical dependency on the substance.
When people develop a physical dependency on a chemical, it becomes very hard for them to stop using it. People who try to quit caffeine usually experience symptoms of withdrawal that range from mild to severe and can last from a few days to a few weeks.
5) Caffeine Causes Stomach Ulcers – Caffeine is a very strong natural stimulant that causes increased secretion of hydrochloric acid in the stomach.
People with ulcers are already at a high risk of having their condition getting worse. Drinking coffee on a regular basis can worsen stomach ulcers and increase your risk of bleeding.
6) Caffeine is a Diuretic – Many people assume that coffee acts as a diuretic in the body.
This means that it makes you want to urinate more frequently. While this is true to some extent, when compared to other caffeinated beverages such as tea and soda, coffee causes the least amount of urination. This is because caffeine is a vasoconstrictor. It makes your blood vessels tighten up and prevents water from passing through.
Caffeine is a very dangerous drug and its detrimental effects on the body far outweigh any benefits that it may have on our health. Even if you don’t suffer from any of the conditions mentioned above, there is no guarantee that you won’t get them later in life.
You must also keep in mind that the coffee bean itself is a very strong antioxidant which might be beneficial to your health. There are much healthier and natural ways of getting all the antioxidants you need.
It is best to avoid drinking coffee or anything containing caffeine in any form. Even yerba mate, guayusa and ginseng contain very small amounts of caffeine. These should also be avoided.
You will most likely suffer some withdrawal symptoms when you quit coffee. The severity of these symptoms varies from person to person. It is important to prepare yourself both mentally and physically for quitting coffee.
You can reduce the severity of withdrawal symptoms by weaning yourself off coffee before you completely stop. You can do this by drinking reduced amount of coffee every day until you are only drinking a tiny bit each day. Then one day simply don’t have any more. If you are addicted to the point where you feel like you can’t live without coffee then I recommend that you speak to your physician about going through coffee withdrawal under their supervision.
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Toxicity of energy drinks by B Cowan – 2008 – Yale University Press
Toward a (dys) functional anthropology of drinking: Ambivalence and the American Indian experience with alcohol by BJ Wolk, M Ganetsky, KM Babu – Current opinion in pediatrics, 2012 – journals.lww.com