As much as we love this, too much can cause pain and discomfort
What do you use to perk yourself up first thing in the morning, and then when the 3 pm energy slump hits?
If you said coffee, you’re not alone, as caffein is the most comprehensive used beverage for increasing energy, aiding in fat burning whilst also helping us open those eyes first every morning.
When it comes to coffee consumption, it all adds up to about 9 billion kilograms of beans a year!
When we talk about those high numbers, we should discuss the pitfalls of having too much.
I also love my coffee and drink my double shot in the morning -when I need it most. But, these days, I skip my mid-afternoon hit because I drink my vitamin C concoction instead.
Do you find certain days are filled with much more coffee than your body can handle?
Lack of sleep, late nights are working on focused projects, communicating with different timezones or even a long flight. All of these instances can cause us a lag in focus and energy.
And that’s when a good cup of coffee comes in as the saviour.
Too much coffee can cause our brain health to take a bit of a plummet.
A study conducted in the Australian Centre for Precision Health at SAHMRI had a team assess the effects of coffee on the brain amongst 77K of people in the UK who drank more than six cups of coffee per day.
Those people on six cups per day were more likely to increase their risk of dementia by about 53 per cent.
This study is one of the most extensive studies into the connection between coffee consumption, brain volume measurements and the risk of dementia.
Researcher’s consistently found that those with a higher coffee consumption rate were significantly associated with reduced brain volume.
When you exceed those six cups per day, you put your brain at risk of disease and stroke.
Dementia is a degenerative brain disease that affects memory, thinking, behaviour and the ability to perform everyday tasks we do daily.
Around the world, there are roughly about 50 million people who are diagnosed with dementia. In Australia, dementia is the second leading cause of death; an estimated 250 people per day are diagnosed with dementia.
That’s quite scary.
A stroke is a condition in which blood supply to the brain is disrupted, resulting in oxygen starvation, brain damage, and loss of function.
On a global scale, four adults over 25 will have a stroke during their time on earth.
Key take away
By no means does this suggest you should stop drinking coffee at all — but it’s only a little warning that if you do tend to use caffeine far too often, it’s a far better idea to start balancing your consumption with some other beverages.
As with many things in life, such as that lovely slice of mud cake — moderation and balance between healthy eating and the odd treat are necessary.
One thing to keep in mind is hydration.
Supplement that cup of coffee or anything that contains caffeine with a couple of glasses of water. But, unfortunately, we are not drinking enough water.
A few coffees a day is fine — don’t head towards six cups and above.
What's your favourite coffee and how many do you drink per day?
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
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