Cup of coffee in the morning has become an almost instinctive gesture for many people. Besides its benefits, this drink can also be a danger to your body if you do not consume it in moderation and at appropriate times.
Coffee: a major source of antioxidants
Coffee is one of the most consumed beverages in the world, which is rather good news since it is an important source of antioxidants. According to a recent study, the antioxidant capacity of the plasma significantly increases after ingestion of a cup of coffee. Thus, this drink would help prevent certain diseases because antioxidants have the ability to neutralize free radicals that attack healthy cells in the body and promote the appearance of certain disorders such as heart disease and even some types of cancer.
This drink is also rich in minerals such as magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, sodium, but also vitamins (D, C, E, B1, B5 and B3).
Moreover, this drink is rich in caffeine, a component known for its ability to stimulate the nervous system and make it more vigilant. In moderate doses, coffee improves morale, concentration and memory. Some studies have even shown that caffeine helped reduce the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease.
However, excessive consumption can lead to caffeine-related insomnia, anxiety, addiction and a faster heartbeat.
In addition, the effect of coffee differs depending on the organism. According to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, caffeine would reach its maximum effect after 30-60 minutes. While in some people, it may take only 10 minutes. However, paradoxically, experts recommend people not to consume coffee eight hours before bedtime.
Drinking coffee on an empty stomach: the effect on the body
When it reaches the digestive system, caffeine stimulates the acid secretions of the stomach, causing gastric irritation. Coffee also stimulates contractions of the intestine and the gall bladder, so it is very effective after lunch to ensure proper digestion. This drink is not recommended for people suffering from stomach ulcers.
However, on an empty stomach, coffee stimulates the secretion of hydrochloric acid, which is used to digest the food. When the stomach is empty, this action is harmful because the coffee is ingested after the secretion of this acid. Therefore, foods (especially proteins) will get stuck in the stomach, causing bloating, inflammation or irritation of the intestines.
In addition, when drunk immediately after waking, coffee increases the level of cortisol which may disrupt your vigilance and your biological clock, while creating a sense of stress. And when this habit is repeated every day, serious disorder can manifest as colon carcinoma (malignant tumor).
How to avoid complications?
To avoid these complications, according to some research, it is advisable to consume your coffee an hour after waking and after eating at least one slice of bread (whole wheat, preferably).
Moreover, it is also advisable to moderate coffee consumption for as much as it is beneficial for health in small doses, it can be dangerous when you exceed 2 cups per day. For pregnant women, it is recommended to limit the consumption to one cup a day, or even completely stop the coffee consumption because the fetus has trouble eliminating the caffeine.