Saturday, May 12, 2012


Coffee and Your Health - Can Coffee Help Me Lose Weight?

By Christine Mattice

With the obsession over drinking coffee in America, it's nearly impossible for many people to give it up in the daily routine. But did you know that your intake of coffee and your health have a connection? Unfortunately, that connection isn't always a good one. Here are some things you should know about drinking coffee if you are concerned about your health.

Coffee and Losing Weight

Losing weight is more difficult when you drink coffee regularly. For one thing, it negatively impacts your adrenal glands. These are the glands that control your stress hormones. Because coffee is full of caffeine, it is constantly affecting your adrenal glands which cause them to become desensitized and exhausted.

In addition to that, coffee affects your blood sugar. Because of its effect on your adrenal glands, the caffeine causes these glands to release sugar into your bloodstream. This is for the purpose of being used as fuel for your muscles. But after a couple hours, your blood sugar levels out and you feel tired again. This leads to drinking more coffee, so it becomes a vicious cycle.

Coffee also has a psychological effect on you. The caffeinated drink is connected to various social rituals that involve eating. Going out to breakfast, having dessert, and getting fast food are eating habits that generally involve a psychological connection to coffee. How many people ask for water when ordering a donut at their local donut shop?

Masking Food Effects

Another reason that coffee isn't ideal for losing weight is because it gives you a false sense of stimulation. This means that you don't know which foods you are eating are actually making your feel energetic and lively, or fatigued and depressed, because the coffee is helping you be alert. As a result, you never explore the effects that the foods you are eating have on your body and your health.

Osteoporosis Development

People who routinely drink three or more cups of coffee a day can suffer from osteoporosis at an earlier age. Coffee decreases the mineral bone density in the body which leads to weaker bones and other problems as you grow older. Coffee erodes the calcium in your bones, and it is then eliminated from your body through urination.

Exploring the negative effects of coffee and your health may be heartbreaking. It may mean cutting down on your daily trips to your favorite coffee shop or even eliminating the caffeinated drink from your diet all together. Drinking it in moderation, however, will allow you to enjoy the occasional cup without worrying about major side effects on your health.


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