Many of us love coffee, especially those of us that feel that it is necessary to our survival. (Okay, maybe that’s a slight exaggeration!) But it is true that many of us depend on coffee to help us wake up, stay up during the day, or power through an all-nighter. Is this much coffee intake bad for us? Let’s see.
Coffee is a stimulant, and as with any stimulant, you can take too much of it, but it is also one of the safest stimulants on the market. Unless you have a medical condition or you are taking it in conjunction with another stimulant, the benefits far outweigh any negatives.
Looking for mental sharpness? According to a recent study, coffee intake of 3-5 cups a day can help prevent Alzheimer’s or dementia later in life. So, drink up!
A Japanese study showed that drinking one to two cups of coffee per day could help reduce their risk of dying from cardiovascular disease by 38%! Still no excuse to not exercise but definitely helpful!
And as far as exercise, if used correctly, your coffee intake could help you power through a tough workout, especially if you workout first thing in the morning. Coffee also has the added benefit of helping to jump-start your metabolism for the day.
As long as you limit your coffee intake to no more than 3-5 cups per day, there is no reason to worry about any negative side effects of coffee. The one thing you should perhaps watch out for would be the amount of sugar or cream you might add. These small things can add up to too many extra calories, and we wouldn’t want to mistakenly add inches to our waistlines!
All in all, there seem to be many great health benefits to drinking coffee, so, drink up!