4 Things Coffee Addicts Need To Keep In Mind

Everything that coffee addicts should know about coffee

Coffee is that quintessential morning drink that wakes people up around the world. Caffeine, which is found abundantly in coffee, is a known stimulant. Some studies also suggest that caffeine may be addictive, which is why coffee drinking becomes such a hard habit to break.

However, do you know the mechanism by which caffeine works, and the things you should keep in mind when you drink coffee? Here’s a handy list.1


Effects Of Drinking Coffee

1. Coffee Makes You Less Hungry

Coffee decreases your appetite

Through a complex neurochemical process, caffeine actually suppresses appetite.2 Caffeine interacts with neurotransmitters, and affects the sympathetic nervous system whose job it is, among other thing, to prevent a sense of hunger and get the body to burn more fat. However, this doesn’t mean that drinking more coffee will make you magically thin, as there is a limit to this activity and too much of coffee causes more problems that it solves.


2. Coffee Can Be Dangerous

Coffee has been linked to causing Parkinson's disease

Some studies show that drinking coffee increases the risk of Parkinson’s disease.3 This can perhaps be attributed to the stimulant effects of caffeine on the nervous system which serve as constant triggers. Many studies also claim that coffee is a teratogen – it can cause miscarriages and deformities in children when their pregnant mothers drink coffee.4


3. Coffee Increases Activity Levels

Coffee increases your activity levels

In sprinters and other sportspeople who need quick bursts of energy to accomplish a certain task, caffeine consumption gives them that needed boost to perform better.5 The obvious downside to this is that most of us don’t have to sprint or perform very highly, so caffeine can make us jumpy and restless. There is cause to believe that coffee consumption in the evening can lead to disturbed sleep and insomnia.


4. Coffee Is Great For People With Alzheimer’s

Coffee can be good for people with risk of Alzheimer's

It is interesting that the same stimulant that precipitates Parkinson’s disease may actually keep the nerve cells active, thus reducing the risk of Alzheimer’s disease. This benefit is very specific to coffee as a source of caffeine, as it is believed that caffeine interacts with other chemicals in coffee to form a neuro-protective effect.6


Foods To Consume Before Having Coffee

Consume foods that do not cause acid reflux

A tall glass of water before the coffee hist your system may help prevent some of the jumpiness and restlessness associated with coffee intake on an empty stomach. Adding some creamer to coffee helps it to pass through the digestive tract more slowly, be processed more slowly and not give you caffeine related side effects.


Some people swear by eating a snack before grabbing a glass of coffee for these same reasons. There is no scientifically approved list of foods to avoid before having coffee. However, you may want to stay clear of foods that cause acid reflux, as coffee makes reflux worse.7