Is It Bad To Drink Coffee Every Day?
The argument against coffee has been raging almost as long as the argument for coffee. That is why it may be hard to tell whether it is good or bad for you.
Seeing all the back and forth between the “experts” may have you wondering: is it bad to drink coffee every day?
The short answer is probably not, but there are a few caveats, so let’s take a look at the science to get a better picture.
The Daily Dose
Despite what all the naysayers would have you believe, there are a number of health benefits of drinking coffee daily.
Caffeine is responsible for many of these health benefits, but while caffeine may be the primary driving factor here, coffee is one of the best — and by best, I mean additive free — caffeinated beverages, making it an ideal way to get that caffeine (and it’s benefits) into your system without introducing a bunch of other crap in the process.
For example, most sodas come with an ungodly amount of sugar (as if that wasn’t universal knowledge already), immediately ruling out any benefit you might get from the caffeine with that hefty dosage of “sweet menace.”
Extra Note: For more on why sugar is bad for you, check out this article.
Energy drinks, while loaded with caffeine, are all sorts of dangerous too, and widely shunned at this point for their ridiculously dangerous side effects.
Tea is certainly a very healthy, natural option, like coffee. The only problem is that it has only a little caffeine due to the way it’s brewed, making it a healthy but not quite as effective choice.
The health benefits of coffee
The list of health benefits from coffee is long, but here’s a quick breakdown of some of the more interesting ones:
Heart and blood circulation.Daily coffee consumption has been shown to reduce the risk of heart attacks and to help improve blood circulation throughout the body.
Prevention of serious illnesses.
Coffee protects your liver.
That’s right! The age-old cliche of drinking a cup of coffee for a hangover has some connection to reality! One of the biggest coffee specific health benefits is that it helps to protect your liver from cirrhosis.
Drinking a cup of coffee a day has been linked with a 22% decrease in the risk of both alcoholic and non-alcoholic cirrhosis according to this Newsy video:
You could... not die so soon.
That’s right, coffee can literally help lower your chances of dying prematurely! Studies have shown that those that consume that delicious java aren’t just enjoying a cuppa or trying to stay awake, they’re literally helping prolong their life. And we’re not talking “you might live an extra year” or something. Literally, the risk of a premature death goes down by a whopping 25% for those who drink coffee compared to those who don’t.
Oh, and did I forget to mention? While it may usually be associated with staining our pearly whites, coffee can actually also help protect your teeth from cavities!
Let’s not forget, coffee is a bean, a bean that comes from a fruit, a fruit that is grown on a tree. In other words, these things are natural! Not only that, but they contain a whole lot of other great things besides that caffeine we so desperately crave.
Here’s a list of some of the top nutrients found in your average cup of coffee. I found the list from healthline.com, where you can also find the percentage of daily value that you get for each of these bad boys.
Coffee beans have:
- Vitamin B1
- Vitamin B2
- Vitamin B3
- Vitamin B5
In addition to this impressive list, coffee is also one of the biggest sources of antioxidants in the modern diet!
Compared to fruits — the next best source — coffee has an incredible 600 times the amount of antioxidants!
How Great Is It Really?
Though the list of health benefits is impressive, it is important to recognize that putting caffeine in your body is not natural. I don’t care if you can prove that your great-great-great-grandfather drank coffee, it still isn’t natural to ingest a foreign, psychoactive substance (aka “drug”).
Just so we are completely clear, caffeine is a drug that is not produced inside the human body. So by drinking it, you are forcing your body to alter some of its internal workings to keep up.
Caffeine works by blocking the neurotransmitters (adenosine receptors) responsible for sensations of fatigue and pain.
If you stick to a regular diet of caffeine, your body will try to combat this imbalance by creating more of these neurotransmitters.
Essentially, what has happened at this point is an unnatural chemical situation within your brain. You now have a higher-than-average amount of adenosine that is balanced only by your regular caffeine intake.
At this point all you can do is either take an extended caffeine break to allow your adenosine levels to return to normal, or you can increase your caffeine intake.
However, upping the dosage only leads to further imbalance, and there is only so far that you can go before the coffee has no effect.
An Important Disclaimer
Despite all this sciency garble I’ve just spewed, you should keep in mind that it doesn’t apply to everyone.
There is a shockingly wide variation in the way caffeine affects the body from person to person.
For some people, this whole adenosine-caffeine competition may be more pronounced than in others, and some people may not even experience it at all.
The bottom line is that if you have to continuously up your coffee intake to keep from feeling tired, then you should probably give it a rest for a little while.
So, what happens if you drink coffee everyday?
Is it bad to drink coffee everyday?
For many people, no, but that doesn’t mean it’s ok for everyone.
Other people may feel jittery or anxious.
If none of those describe you, check out my complete guide to coffee brewing, and let me know if you have any questions in the comments below!