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8 Reasons to Quit Your Coffee!

Dr. Aqeel Ahmed

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Even though most of us have practically been bought up on caffeinated drinks such as tea and coffee, they aren’t necessarily good for you. Granted, caffeine does have certain benefits, it is not for everyone and it may lead to health problems. It may seem hard to quit coffee at first and you are sure to experience withdrawal symptoms, but it gets better with time. Here are some solid reasons to quit coffee today!

Prevent Cholesterol Levels From Rising:

While coffee alone isn’t responsible for increasing your cholesterol levels, regular consumption of unfiltered coffee can increase the concentration of LDL (low density lipoproteins), also known as “Bad cholesterol” in the body. Unfiltered coffee is said to increase the cholesterol level more than instant coffee and coffee made using a paper filter. Basically, the paper filter gets rid of kahweol and cafestol, the compounds that can increase LDL concentrations.

1- It Will Work When It Really Needs To

When we consume tea and coffee regularly, we build up a tolerance to them and our bodies get used to them. They stop having the effects they initially had. That is why you may have noticed that sometimes caffeine doesn’t do a good enough job of keeping you awake or alert when you really need to. If you quit coffee, you can bring back these results. If you only consume coffee when you really need to, it will have its intended effect.

2- Calm Downs Stress Hormones

The caffeine found in coffee increase your stress hormones, catecholamines. This, in turn, leads to an increase in the cortisol level which increases insulin. An insulin spike increases inflammation and this makes you feel low.

3- Keep Insulin Sensitivity In Check

Regular consumption of caffeine may decrease insulin sensitivity. This makes it harder for your cells to respond accurately to blood sugar. Higher blood sugar levels may lead to the deterioration of arteries and increase the risk of cardiovascular diseases.

4- Show Your Addiction Who Is The Boss

You are a caffeine addict if you need coffee to get things done. This basically means that caffeine is in charge of you. Caffeine could be addictive to some extent and addiction isn’t healthy. Relying on coffee to get things done is not a good sign. It can change your brain chemistry and increase your dependence even more. Try to break this addiction and reduce your reliance on caffeine to function properly.

5- Sleep Better

Coffee provides an energy boost at first, it often results in a crash later on that messes up your sleep cycle. If you do drink coffee, make sure you drink it in the morning, otherwise it will be difficult for you to fall asleep.

6- Coffee Only Helps So Much

Most people want coffee in the morning to get an additional energy boost to get them going through the day. Nonetheless, over time, the body builds a tolerance to it, and the everyday energy benefits of coffee gradually become low.

If one pauses the consumption of coffee for some time and drinks it every now and then and not very often, then the energy boost can be felt again.

Everyone who drinks coffee everyday just for the sake of having more energy, should be aware that it does not have much of an influence on their energy levels.

7- It Can Cause Tooth Decay

It takes as low as 1 cup of coffee a day to start staining your teeth. Certain types of tea also have the same effect on teeth.

Coffee can also be a cause of tooth decay. It basically depends on the place where one gets their coffee and how much sugar they use with it. This mostly happens if one drinks flavored coffees and lattes with a preference for buying from Starbucks.

8- It meddles with your nervous system

The Caffeine found in coffee basically affects your central nervous system. It interrupts the natural flow of things because it is an add-on to the body’s natural cycles. Caffeine can block brain receptors that monitor adenosine, a neurochemical that increases naturally through the day to make us sleepy. By the time we get ready to go to bed, our central nervous system puts us to sleep because our brain’s adenosine content is high.

Natural stimulants in the brain, like dopamine and glutamine, can work more after caffeine blocks the adenosine receptors. As a result, you are more active after you take a few sips of coffee. You might be able to fool your nervous system, escaping your sleep when your brain says it is required, which is essentially the problem. In the end, it always catches up and your body will crash hard.

If these reasons to quit coffee weren’t convincing enough, you can consult a nutritionist to find out which foods you should include in your diet. You can find and book an appointment with top Nutritionist in Islamabad, Karachi and Faisalabad through oladoc.com. You can also call our helpline at 042-3890-0939 for assistance to find the RIGHT Doctor for your health concerns.

Disclaimer: The contents of this article are intended to raise awareness about common health issues and should not be viewed as sound medical advice for your specific condition. You should always consult with a licensed medical practitioner prior to following any suggestions outlined in this article or adopting any treatment protocol based on the contents of this article.

Dr. Aqeel Ahmed
Dr. Aqeel Ahmed - Author First-ever Pakistani Doctor nominated by UNFPA Pakistan for American UNFPA award for women health and dignity in 2009. She also has a live programme on tv channel from Islamabad for health awareness. She has also written easy bottlenecks in the management of diabetes. She has a Live programme on FM radio 103 and specializes in Antenatal care (how to take care of women from the day of conceived up to delivery).

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