According to research from 2021, about half of adult Poles start their day with coffee, and 66 percent. We drink it regularly. On average, a person living in our country drinks more than three kilograms, that is, 95 liters of drink per year.
Contrary to popular belief, it is not the Italians who drink the most coffee in the world, but the Finns, Norwegians, Icelanders, Danes and the Dutch. Maybe because in Northern Europe you don’t drink espresso but you do drink a big black cup. Poles in this ranking occupy 11th place.
Until recently, coffee was thought to have a negative impact on our health, especially on our heart rate and blood pressure. These myths have been debunked – yeah, Drinking large amounts of coffee on a regular basis is not recommended, but some people recommend one or two cups a day. On the other hand, coffee can irritate the stomach and have a dehydrating effect.
Nutritionist Lisa Moskovitz recently shared her advice on how not to drink coffee in an interview on Eat This, Not That! And the expert argues that there are certain habits Accelerate the aging process and have a devastating effect on our bodies.
Much has already been said about the importance of breakfast for a healthy lifestyle. It is no coincidence that they are called the most important meal of the day. However, there are people who skip breakfast and replace it with a cup of coffee. For convenience, lack of time, or habit.
As Moskovitz points out, simply skipping breakfast on the diet can have a bad effect on our health. He also cites studies on dietary patterns, which have shown that replacing the first meal of the day with coffee leads to an acceleration of brain aging and a decrease in its efficiency with age.
In addition to coffee It has an irritating effect on our stomach. Although, according to scientists, there is still no conclusive evidence that drinking a black drink long before eating anything is harmful, people who suffer from Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) or who suffer from stomach ailments often complain of Abdominal pain after drinking coffee on an empty stomach.
Coffee also raises cortisol levels, so drinking it immediately after waking up, while the body is still awake, can disrupt its proper functioning and cause irritability.
“Eating a small amount of sugar in the diet is good, but overdoing it and having a bag of sugar every time we want to get up will have a bad effect on us in the long run,” explains the nutritionist.
Drinking a little sweetened coffee a day is a huge dose of sugar. Which is known to be the cause of many diseases. When it comes to aging, an increase in the amount of sugar in the blood not only increases the risk of developing diabetes, but also increases the incidence of sarcopenia and frailty, which manifests itself in the loss of muscle mass and severe weakness in the elderly.
Studies have also shown that excessive sugar intake increases the formation of advanced glycation end products that accelerate skin aging.
Replacing sugar with sweeteners like aspartame or sucralose after some time wreaks havoc on your pancreas and digestive system. According to the expert, sweeteners: “Not only do they have nutritional value, but they also interfere with insulin levels in the blood and the state of the intestines, which leads to an increase in the desire to eat sweets throughout the day.”
Just like sugar, there has been a lot of talk lately about proper hydration. This is one of the main factors for staying healthy for longer. Coffee has a drying effect. Replacing the water with a black infusion can have serious consequences. If you drink coffee, it’s a good idea to replace lost water by drinking a cup or two.
As Moskovitz says, the habit of drinking coffee instead of water “can lead to chronic dehydration, which in turn negatively affects our skin, digestive processes, food absorption, energy levels, and even joint damage.”
The nutritionist advises sticking to the first part of the day if you feel like a cup of coffee. The closer to the night and we sleep, the more likely we are to harm ourselves by drinking it.
Even if it does not prevent us from falling asleep, the caffeine in coffee negatively affects the regeneration processes that occur in our body during sleep, reducing its quality.
“Caffeine is a stimulant that, when taken shortly before bed, prevents the body from resting. Poor sleep can wreak havoc on recovery, the immune system, mood, energy, metabolism, and everything in between,” Moskovitz explains.
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