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Considering that it is one of the world’s most widely traded commodities as well as one of the most frequently consumed beverages – coffee isn’t as good for you as it is broadcasted to be. Here are things to keep in mind when you head out for your daily cup of Joe:

1. Coffee is considered a mild diuretic and can dehydrate your organs.

Your kidneys process fluids by the minute  and the minute your kidneys (and other organs) are not receiving water, you will retain water and sodium. Hence the cellulite effect ladies! If you are going to consume coffee, make sure you equivalently replace that with 2-3 glasses of water. Take care of your organs people, they take care of you!

2. Sodium and water retention cause ‘bloating’.

Coffee causes a negative effect of bloating (or inflammation of the stomach) because it’s very acidic. Typically, this is also the case with non-decaffeinated coffee as well as it is considered to be an acidic beverage. Again, if you are consuming coffee – drink water with lemon. While lemons may seem to be acidic, the yellow fruit actually has an alkaline effect on the body, thus helping to maintain a normal pH level.

3. Coffee affects protein digestion.

Typically what happens is that people consume coffee on an empty stomach which causes the body to stimulate hydrochloric acid production. When this happens, the body reacts as if it is digesting food – but it’s not. If this reoccurs, then the body cannot produce enough hydrochloric acid when it is time to break down an actual meal. This is where health issues of protein indigestion can occur.

4. You are more likely to consume more sugar.

The majority of coffee drinkers add sweeteners,sugars, milk, and creams to their cup which causes a whole other variety of health concerns. Maybe you should reduce you mochacchito latte with whip cream and caramel to once a week  treat.

5. Caffeine headaches

Without the regular consumption, your blood vessels tighten and reduce cerebal blood flow which causes headaches and migraines. Headaches are also caused by dehydration, withdrawal, and stress.

6. Coffee causes stress

Coffee raises the release of the stress hormone called cortisol. Cortisol leads to weight-gain and high cholesterol which affects irritation, tolerance, mood, appetite, body-temperature, sex-drive, and motivation. If you absolutely love coffee and cannot do without, there has been proven benefits from fresh coffee beans and consuming coffee as an occasional coffee drinker. They contain antioxidants which boost your immune system and metabolism.

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