Many of us drink coffee almost every day. That means many millions of folks are starting their day with the dark, caffeinated beverage, most of them at home, though coffee shops are very much alive and well, too.
Avoiding warnings from doctors over the years that coffee may be hard on the body, people have remained devoted to the drink. Despite what you may have heard, there are plenty of good things to be said about coffee. It’s high in antioxidants and linked to a reduced risk of many diseases.
Let’s look into what happens to you when you drink coffee every day.
12 THINGS THAT HAPPEN WHEN YOU DRINK COFFEE EVERY DAY
1. DRINKING COFFEE WILL REDUCE ANXIETY
It’s often associated with the jitters so the idea that your coffee habit could be a salve to your daily worries and preoccupations may seem counterintuitive. However, coffee actually stimulates the release of dopamine. This feel-good chemical elicits feelings of contentment. Is it any wonder that this stuff is free in most offices?
2. IT WILL REDUCE YOUR RISK OF DEVELOPING SKIN CANCER
A study published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute found that older adults who consumed four or more cups of coffee per day had a 20% lower risk of developing malignant melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer in the U.S. Researchers believe that coffee protects against certain types of skin cancer due to the high amount of antioxidants and phytochemicals present.
3. YOU WILL EVEN GET BETTER VISION
The caffeine in coffee will have your adrenal glands pumping out adrenaline. Within 20 minutes, your pupils will dilate as a result of this natural exciter. The upshot? You could temporarily enjoy sharper vision.
4. DRINKING COFFEE WILL PROTECT YOUR BRAIN FROM ALZHEIMER’S AND PARKINSON’S
Alzheimer’s disease is the world’s most common neurodegenerative disease and a leading cause of dementia.
Studies have shown that coffee drinkers have up to a 65% lower risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease. Parkinson’s is the second most common neurodegenerative disease and is caused by the death of dopamine-generating neurons in the brain.
Coffee drinkers have a 32–60% lower risk of Parkinson’s disease. The more coffee people drink, the lower the risk.
5. IT WILL LOWER RISK OF DEPRESSION AND SUICIDE
The researchers found that study participants who drank at least one cup of coffee a day had up to a 36 percent lower rate of suicide — and this wasn’t the first group of researchers to make this discovery. Several other studies have hinted at an inverse association, too. Even so, it’s not yet clear if there’s something in the drink to thank or if coffee drinkers just happen to share common lifestyle factors that are often associated with a lower risk of suicide. One theory is that caffeine could be a contributing factor, which makes a lot of sense. Caffeine was shown to reduce the loss of dopamine (AKA the happiness hormone), according to the report.
6. YOU MAY LIVE LONGER
Given that coffee drinkers have a lower risk of many common, deadly diseases — as well as suicide — coffee could help you live longer.
Some studies demonstrate that people drinking on average between three and five cups of java daily are up to 15 percent less likely to die of any cause than those who aren’t as friendly with their neighborhood barista.
7. IT WILL CHARGE YOU WITH ENERGY FOR THREE HOURS
Coffee is best known for its ability to give drinkers some get up and go, but after three hours that borrowed energy has got up and gone. To keep the buzz going, you’ll need to drink more coffee. This tactic could eventually be a problem because drinking coffee too late in the day can disrupt the production of melatonin, the body’s primary sleep hormone.
8. DRINKING COFFEE EVERY DAY WILL INCREASE YOUR METABOLISM
Coffee is one of the best drinks for weight loss because it boosts your metabolism.
According to studies the average metabolic rate of people who drink caffeinated coffee is 16 percent higher than that of those who drink decaf. A cup of black coffee is a good choice for a pre-workout beverage, too: Researchers found that cyclists who took a caffeine supplement were able to ride about a mile farther than those who took a placebo. Make yours a Venti and skip the sweeteners.
9. COFFEE WILL STIMULATE YOUR BRAIN
Sure, we all know that coffee can perk you up when you drink it, but according to research, just huffing some roasted beans can have a profound and measurable effect on how the brain functions. Studies performed on the brains of stressed and non-stressed rats showed that stressed rats had different levels of activity in 17 genes in the brain. Plus, levels of some brain proteins changed in ways that could have a calming effect on stress or have an antioxidant function.
10. COFFEE DRINKING WILL EXACERBATE STOMACH ULCERS
Stomach ulcers can be excruciatingly painful. Coffee can do a number on the lining of your gastrointestinal tract, giving rise to ulcers and other forms of gastric irritation and damage. If you have an ulcer, you may be best off forgoing coffee until the situation has improved.
11. IT WILL PROTECT YOUR HEART
Harvard researchers found that coffee drinkers have a 10 percent decreased risk of death from heart disease. But a common java add-in may counteract the drink’s health-boosting effects: creamer. The traditional varieties are packed with trans-fats, often hiding under the guise of its lesser-known name: hydrogenated oil, which raises levels of cholesterol and increases the risk of cardiovascular disease. Yikes! Keep the creamer out of your cup to reap its heart-healthy benefits.
12. YOU MIGHT BE AT LESS RISK FOR TYPE 2 DIABETES
Your daily cup of Joe might be protecting you from adverse outcomes. You may protect yourself from diabetes. A large review study analyzed the association between coffee consumption and risk of diabetes. They found that the consumption of coffee was associated with reduced risk, even if the coffee was decaffeinated. Deciding to drink coffee every day doesn’t sound too bad.
HOW MUCH COFFEE IS SAFE?
Like so many foods and nutrients, too much coffee can cause problems, especially in the digestive tract. But studies have shown that drinking up to four 8-ounce cups of coffee per day is safe. Sticking to those boundaries shouldn’t be hard for coffee drinkers in the U.S., since most drink just a cup of java per day.
Moderation is key. But sipping coffee in reasonable amounts just might be one of the healthiest things you can do.