Friday, August 10, 2007

The C factor

Cons

• Coffee is a central nervous system stimulator that gives the adrenals a kick and causes production of the stress handling hormone adrenalin and the production of more cortisol resulting in short term benefits of heightened awareness / alertness and more energy, but long term may result in a crash after each consumption to lower levels of energy than previously thereby necessitating another cup and another cup, etc. Thus, it may be addictive and ultimately may result in adrenal exhaustion.
• Even though coffee has never been conclusively linked to cancer, it does contain acknowledged carcinogens such as caffeine and other chemicals produced by the high heat of roasting such as creosote, pymdine, tars, and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons.
• Caffeine interferes with adenosine, a brain chemical that normally has a calming effect.
• Cortisol levels are raised which in turn results in constriction of the blood vessels, harder pumping of the heart and higher blood pressure. (Constriction of blood vessels is also a benefit, see the next section.)
• The liver in fetuses and newborns cannot metabolize caffeine, so it remains in the body for up to four days stimulating the nervous system resulting in irritability and sleeplessness.
• Coffee has been associated with low birth weight, birth defects, miscarriages, premature birth, inability to conceive, and sluggish sperm.
• Many of the chemicals in coffee and decaf irritate the stomach lining causing an increase of stomach acid leading to digestive disorders.
• Coffee, including decaf, has high amounts of vitamin K, which affects coagulability of the blood – bad for people at risk of heart attack, stroke and blood clots.
Decreases quality of sleep.
• Caffeine may cause problems with blood sugar control after meals for type 2 diabetics.
• Coffee excites more rapid peristaltic movements of the intestines resulting in shorted transit times and less absorption of nutrients.
• Coffee hampers the absorption of essential minerals and vitamins such as magnesium, zinc, iron, potassium, and B’s.
• Coffee contributes to caries in the teeth.
• Coffee stimulates more frequent urination and subsequent loss of various vitamins and minerals such as B, C, calcium, iron and zinc.
• Caffeine may aggravate osteoporosis by leaching calcium from the bones.
• Caffeine may increase intraocular pressure in persons with glaucoma.
• Coffee may interfere with proper levels of homocysteine and cholesterol by inhibiting vitamins folate, B12 or B6.
Coffee is one of most heavily pesticide sprayed crops.
• Caffeine aggravates stress in people who drink it every day.

courtesy: COFFEE: TO DRINK OR NOT TO DRINK


So why do I still drink coffee ??
I LOVE IT...!!!

The same site also mentions a lot of medical pros. Then why did i mention only the cons ?? Today is the first day in my life that I've felt an ill effect of coffee. Dehydration. My own advice: Drink loads of water when you drink coffee.
Of course my dehydration could be because of the fact that I hardly drink a glass of water a day which is bad (irrespective of the 7 or 8 cups of coffee I have).

PS: every poison is a medicine and every medicine is a poison

8 comments:

  1. 'Drinking' is what really matters :P Hick!

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  2. @Amrit

    I could see a paradigm shift in your drinking habits.

    @leela

    Its been about 6 months. I left drinking coffe.

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  3. @twilight fairy
    Am so glad I drink hardly 2 cups of the poison a week. :) Drink water, dudette!

    @neelabh
    Why did you address your comment to leela? Why did you leave drinking coffee by the way??

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  4. @amrit
    yeah.. hick :P

    @neelabh
    duh!
    and i hope u notice hat its twilight fairy here n not leela...!!!

    @leela
    the poison... right... i shud post the pros as well..

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  5. Analogous to Beer with me.. :D

    By the way, I think you should check up if the RSS feeds on your blog are working fine. They never showed up on my reader, and today I randomly visited your blog and find some n posts.

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  6. A reply to all the bullets pointed at all drinks with caffeine in them:

    1. So true.
    2. aaaanhaaan and who has ever heard of cancer caused by excess dose of caffeiene??
    3. Calming effect ?? I can't open up my eyes in the morning w/o the smell of hot black coffee....
    4. I just spoke to my blood and the so called "vessels" and they are all hale and hearty...thank you...
    5. Don't have to worry about this one....:D..But yes I do vividly remember that my first feed was black coffee....as I was wide awake
    6. Sluggish?????
    7. No wonder ppl don't stick too close to my stomach.....
    8. Same as above
    9. Tell me coffee is bad and check out the quickest murder in history....n m serious....
    10. Sleep disorders??? never heard of 'em......must be sleepin at the time.....
    11. BLOOD sugar.....Type 2??
    12. My intestine are movin??
    13. Hey who out mg and zn in my food???
    14. Ahhhh am exhausted....need coffee

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  7. @czar
    drinking too much beer causes a pot belly :P
    hey.. others get my updates... chk again my address that you subcribed to

    @puppet
    aah.. i know it was too long.. too long to read without a cup of coffee...

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  8. Lots of info thr!!
    But it wont stop me frm 'drinkin'!!

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