This Article is About
morning coffee
coffee drinkers
nutrient rich foods
sleeping through the night
type 2 diabetes
mind and body
antioxidants
The Morning Coffee Ritual - For Good Or For Bad?
Join 1000's of Authors at StreetArticles Today!

The Morning Coffee Ritual  -  For Good Or For Bad?

I get up every morning to the sound of my son calling me from his crib. On an average I usually get about five to six hours of sleep, four of them uninterrupted. I know this is the norm with a baby or toddler that isn't sleeping through the night yet. But after about a year and a half of this not sleeping business, I'd say I'm pretty used to it. And the first thing on my mind after getting my son out of his crib? Coffee.

Ah, yes. For most coffee drinkers out there, there's nothing quite like your first cup of the morning. This ritual is shared all over the world, making coffee one of the most consumed beverages worldwide. The first cup marks the start of a new day, in your own private kitchen or the local social hub. Whatever the case, the custom of drinking coffee is not going anywhere.

Whether this popular drink is good or bad for you is a rather controversial topic. There is no arguing that there are pros and cons, as well as other details factoring in such as how much or how often you drink it. There are short and long term effects, both on the mind and body. So what do studies show and do the benefits outweigh the risks?

For the most part, any of the following side effects are almost always influenced by consuming coffee on a daily, long term basis. Like anything in life, moderation is important.

The Pros...

  • Coffee is very rich in antioxidants which slow down the aging and damage of cells in the body. This also helps protect against many diseases including Alzheimer's and Parkinson's. Some studies show that Americans get more antioxidants from coffee than from any other food source. It is important to note that not all are equally absorbed upon drinking coffee, nor does this replace our need to consume nutrient rich foods containing antioxidants.
  • The potential to prevent type 2 diabetes is a benefit as well. Fortunately this is found true of regular coffee and decaf.
  • Coffee improves mental performance. As a stimulant, this is considered both positive and negative. Positively speaking is improves mental alertness, cognitive function, and aids in the function of short term memory. (I can personally vouch for this one!)
  • The caffeine in coffee can help asthma, opening airways and improving asthma symptoms.
  • It decreases the risk of colon cancer. Studies show those that drink two cups a day, lowering the risk up to 25%.
  • Reduces the risk of the liver disease cirrhosis. Again, those that drank two cups a day lowered their risk up to 80%.
  • A couple other possible benefits are protecting against the forming of gallstones and kidney stones in both men and women.

On the other hand, an honest look at drinking coffee include the cons...

  • Again, coffee contains caffeine. Although the FDA considers caffeine to be safe, there are multiple negative side effects that are caused by caffeine including anxiety and sleep disorders, elevated heart beat and stress, breathing problems in small children, and dependency.
  • Coffee causes dehydration. There is a definite need to consume extra water if drinking it.
  • Regularly drinking coffee can stain your teeth.
  • Coffee can trigger heartburn caused by the caffeine, oils, and acids it contains. This is especially true when drinking on an empty stomach.
  • A negative effect on your blood vessels. Coffee stimulates the release of hormones called epinephrine and norepinephrine. These can cause the vessels to constrict and become smaller, headaches, and nervousness. Studies find this mostly to occur when drinking three or more cups a day.

After seeing both sides, it's a good reminder to really think about what we put into our bodies and how it affects us. This is true of coffee and anything else we consume especially on a regular basis. There is always new information and new studies being done to help us make educated decisions. Remember, everything is best in moderation. It's up to you to decide whether the pros outweigh the cons.

Whatever you decide to drink to start your morning, I hope you have a pleasant one!


Street Talk

Tea for me, plenty all day, I remember when the experts said a glass of wine is good for you and that chocolate is bad for you. Now we have articles from Doctors saying wine is bad for you and chocolate good, your body will tell you what is good and what is bad. If coffee is what you need go for it. I'm a great believer your body tells you what it needs TAKE IT the body knows best.

Reply
  about 7 years ago
  

Well said! I love tea and wine as well. A little bit of everything works for me. :)

Reply
  about 7 years ago

Have to have the cup of coffee in the morning. Great Article. I drink a pot or two a day. I need to cut way back one of these days soon.

Reply
  about 7 years ago
  

I know what you mean, I used to drink way more than I do now. I'm actually down to about 2 cups a day. It took me a while to get there, though!

Reply
  about 7 years ago
You May Also Like
Morning Coffee Reflections
Usually I open door and i get in as a thunder and that because I'm always late in work. Then begins a new round of morning greetings for my colleague and my manager, after greetings come the routine questions like ' how you slept?' , ' how you spent the…
By: kawthar in  Writing and Speaking  >  Writing   Mar 30, 2012  
1
  Likes: 2

How to Stay on Track When You Have Really Bad Days, When Everything Seems to Work Against You?
Firstly, what people mean by ‘bad days’? Are there days in our lives which are meant to be bad and others to be good? It seems there are. When we think we have a bad day, the reality around us confirms that. If we start the day irritated, we continue…
By: Ancuta Neagu in  Self Improvement  >  Positive Attitude   Jun 14, 2011  
0
  Likes: 2

What to Eat In The Morning
What to eat in the morning You're on a diet and you're planning your meals. What's the first and most important meal of the day. That's right, breakfast! How do you feel when you wake up? Do you get up jump into your clothes and ride your bike to work…
By: Jerry Steege in  Health and Fitness  >  Weight Loss   Apr 25, 2011  
0
  Likes: 0

Visine Poisoning: An Attention Getter
Imagine having a boyfriend that is not giving you the attention you deserve. You really want him to pay attention to you! What are your choices? The first thing that comes to mind is you can bat those baby blues! Don't just blink. Be sure that you do it suggestively!…
By: McK McConaha in  News and Society  >  Crime   Sep 22, 2012  
23
  Likes: 13

Personal Finance Planning – A Guide to Accomplishing Your Goals
Personal finance is as how you use your money to support yourself and/or your family. No one wants to be the person at the checkout counter who has their card declined and no cash in their pocket. Personal finance is about having a plan and following it. This does not…
By: Fortenot in  Finance  >  Personal Finance   Feb 09, 2012  
0
  Likes: 0

How Do You Take Your Coffee?
If you are like many people, you like your morning coffee. How do you like it? Perhaps you put sugar in it. You might season it with spices, such as cinnamon or nutmeg. You might even drink it black. Like you, I also enjoy this tasty beverage. I started drinking…
By: Hollie E. Townsend in  Food and Drink  >  Coffee   Jun 07, 2014  
2
  Likes: 3

Can I Be a Stay At Home Mom
The decision to be a stay at home mom is an amazingly tough and complex one. There are so many aspects that come into play when making this decision from can we afford it to can I do it day after day. Then through hormones and one adorably cute baby…
By: Amy Brunette in  Home and Family  >  Parenting   Jun 07, 2011  
0
  Likes: 0

Why Do so Many People Love Coffee? I Hated Coffee Before, But Now I Love it
Do you ever ask yourself why so many people love coffee? Well, I never realized it before but now I do. There are so many coffee drinkers and so many types of coffee. It can become very addicting to. When I was younger everyone would sit around and drink coffee…
By: Katie L. Champion in  Food and Drink  >  Coffee   Feb 21, 2012  
3
  Likes: 4

Weight Loss Tips
Because of our busy life style these days, we can't spend hours at the gym on nearly every day of the week. This is why we need weight loss tips to help us. We always need to work out, so we need a program that can help us. Workout plan…
By: Glen Adams in  Health and Fitness  >  Weight Loss   Feb 06, 2012  
0
  Likes: 0

Eat A Rainbow - But Why?
Nathan Waters - totalhealthperformance Many people recommend eating all the colours of the rainbow and I believe this is good advice. Different colours contain different types of phytonutrients that help reduce the risk of chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, and cancer, and they also help our immune system…
By: Nathan Waters in  Health and Fitness  >  Nutrition   Jun 08, 2016  
0
  Likes: 3

Is Fasting Healthy? - The Answer, And The Entire Point
Yes, fasting is healthy. Starving is not. There is a big difference. Whenever the topic of fasting comes up, I always think of the episode of Spongebob where Spongebob and Patrick are running from the law (because they stole a balloon, on Free Balloon Day), and Patrick accuses Spongebob of…
By: Bobby13 in  Health and Fitness  >  Nutrition   Jun 04, 2016  
0
  Likes: 1

What to Eat And Lose Weight
When it comes to what to eat and lose weight, no matter what kind of plan you are following or creating for yourself, there's going to be a few key rules you're going to want to keep in mind. They are as follows: 1. Eat what humans are designed to…
By: Bobby13 in  Health and Fitness  >  Nutrition   Jun 02, 2016  
0
  Likes: 0

What Fruits Make for The Best Smoothies
We probably don't eat enough fruit in the raw. But we value them tremendously. Especially in smoothies. They create the creamy texture and bring sweetness. Plus a whole host of nutrients. Freeze 'Em You already know this but if you want a creamy and cold smoothie without ice, freeze your…
By: James McLoughlin in  Health and Fitness  >  Nutrition   Jun 02, 2016  
0
  Likes: 0

Breakfast And Requirements Of Your Body
No one can deny the importance of breakfast, indeed the most essential meal of an individual. Unfortunately many of the people do not pay much attention towards this meal and they probably take it for granted which is very unfair. Everyone has his or her own choice regarding what to…
By: jasmine william in  Health and Fitness  >  Nutrition   May 31, 2016  
0
  Likes: 0

Fat Burners
Lose Weight Faster Than Ever Before with Phen 375… Phen 375 Formula With so many customers in the world looking to reduce weight, the weight loss product market is always going to be huge. One of the most popular supplements to enter this area is Phen 375. This formula aims…
By: sasav in  Health and Fitness  >  Nutrition   May 28, 2016  
0
  Likes: 0

Article Views: 1474    Report this Article