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Coffee, My Worst Enemy

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By Rikki Yanez
Assistant Web Content Manager

What is a morning without the the aromatic smell of coffee? It’s a guilty pleasure to most, a necessity to others, and recently a bad habit for me. I am an avid coffee drinker, so the thought of giving up coffee seems absurd. However, I’ve noticed how it’s been doing more harm to me than good! Whether you are a coffee drinker or not, you know how much coffee people like to ingest. So, have you stopped to ask yourself if ingesting too much coffee can be more serious than you think it can? I can’t tell you the exact answer of how much coffee is dangerous for you since it varies from person to person. What I can tell you is that not knowing your body can put you at risk for potential problems to occur if you’re consuming more than enough coffee than the average amount.

According to NPR, 28 cups of coffee a week is too much for the average person. So, if you are drinking four or more cups of coffee a day, then you might be at risk to potential side effects of coffee. My question to readers is, should companies like Starbucks and other coffee distributors, warn their customers how much coffee they should ingest when they are making a purchase?

Iced coffee and a cinnamon roll on a table.
By not knowing your body, you can be putting yourself at risk when drinking more than the average amount of coffee. Photo by Rikki Yanez.

I’m sure most people know that ingesting too much coffee can cause increased heart rates, high blood pressure, have an effect on your sleeping pattern and your overall state of being. I happen to be anemic (body doesn’t produce enough iron), which isn’t a bad thing since I do take iron pills for that. However, before I started taking those pills I noticed when I was consuming and over consuming coffee I was getting more anxiety, panic attacks and having shortness of breath due not taking enough iron and ingesting coffee, which was making it worse. I knew what I was doing, however I didn’t want to give up drinking coffee, which became a problem for my health. Since the semester started, I have noticed that I find myself consuming around two to three coffees a day. To me that is a lot considering I would never drink this much coffee during the summer. It’s also been my worst enemy since it is costly at the rate I’ve been going.

Anyways, there are some people that wouldn’t think about giving coffee up and there are some like myself that don’t necessarily want to cut it out of my life, but rather look for alternatives. My advice to those that aren’t looking to give up coffee is to be aware of how much you ingest and how your body reacts to it! It’s important to not overwork your body with too much caffeine. There are a variety of alternatives to coffee for those that are looking to have that same boost of energy, but from a different drink . Some healthy options include kombucha tea, yerba mate, probiotic drinks, green tea or black tea and coconut water. Smoothies that are made out of fresh fruit can also be another great alternative to giving you that energy boost in the morning. If coffee has been your worst enemy, remember to be aware of your health and try some alternatives!

Featured image by Rikki Yanez.

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