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Coffee is one of the most popular drinks and many people can’t start the day without a cup of it.

Over the years, we’ve heard how coffee can be good for you and there are benefits to drinking it.

One of them is that there are plenty of antioxidants in coffee but there are also some down sides and that’s what we’re going to talk about in this article.

So here are 5 negative effects of coffee:

1. Increased Stress Levels

Caffeine increases the production of the stress hormones, catecholamines.

This leads to higher levels of insulin which causes inflammation.

2. It’s Addictive

Many people aren’t aware of the addictive properties of coffee.

You shouldn’t rely on a few cups of coffee to get you going in the morning and if you try to stop or reduce your intake, you might notice withdrawal symptoms such as headaches and tiredness.

3. Coffee Can Burn Out Your Adrenal Glands

The caffeine in coffee stimulates your adrenal glands to release cortisol.

What’s so bad about that?

Well, this is your body’s fight or flight reponse and drinking coffee is a like a false alarm.

Every cup of coffee with release this stress hormone even if you’re not stressed.

Over time this can lead to adrenal fatigue.

4. Acrylamide

Swedish scientists discovered the chemical acrylamide in 2002 and several years ago the FDA released a consumer warning about acrylamide which can be produced during the roasting process.

Acrylamide is also found in potato products and cigarette smoke.

Right now, it’s not clear if acrylamide causes cancer in people.

5. Indigestion and Heart Burn

Caffeine can relax the esophageal sphincter which can cause heartburn and indigestion so if you’re experiencing some of these problems, you might want to cut back on your coffee intake.

So those are 5 negative effects of coffee but what if you want to keep drinking it? Below are some healthier options.

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3 Ways To Make Your Coffee Healthier


1. Don’t add sugar

This one might take a while to get used to but if you actually measured out how much sugar you added to each cup, (and then multiply that by how many cups a day you drink) you would be shocked.

2. Avoid artificial creamers

These are full of unhealthy ingredients. Full-fat cream is a better option.

3. Don’t drink coffee after 3pm

The caffeine in coffee will disrupt your sleep if you have it too late in the day. Try not have 3pm as your cut off time.