First off, I can only assume what this recommendation is meaning to say is: reduce the amount of coffee you drink. Why? Because most of us drink way too much coffee, maybe not as many as 20 cups per day like some of us (read: me) but too much that it is causing a negative effect on the body.
|Source: some scientific journal I forget the name of|
I was dubious too at first, how could coffee be negative, it is so damn delicious!? But then of course I am the girl who used to drink 20 cups of coffee a day without even knowing it. Yes, that is a true story. And yes I did sleep, the problem for me was it kept me in a chronic state of dehydration, as apparently you lose more water than you retain with coffee (so that's what a diuretic means?!) and as you saw in a previous post, water is kind of important and shit. So, although it is true your body will pull water from anything in order to hydrate itself, that only holds true if you drink one cup of coffee a day, not 20. Because anything over 1 just starts making you lose more water than you are taking in, so you have to double your water source for every cup of coffee you consume over 1 cup...
|Yes, I have picked coffee over people before & I would do it again!|
But before we jump on that crazy train of bullshit ideas, let's be reasonable. First, I would suggest that maybe 20 cups of coffee a day is not ideal and maybe we want to cut that down to a more reasonable amount for the body. What is a reasonable amount? Well that's where we are all a little different. Some of us can't even drink one coffee without it interfering with their sleep and then some of us can drink 20...
|Andrea's previous diet (not recommended by anyone sane)|
All the studies done on the health effects due to coffee consumption suggest no more than 6 shots of espresso or 3 cups of coffee (FYI: more caffeine in drip coffee than espresso). This moderate consumption of coffee is linked to lower rates of cardiovascular disease, cognitive impairment, some cancers. Of course you want to be drinking this coffee black, not with all those Starbucks sugar additives. As that kind of negates any positive effect coffee may have.
So there is the good. Moderate coffee consumption may improve your health.
The ugly...well that's the withdraw you go through when you quit coffee after drinking 20 cups of it a day for an extended period of time (read: decades). Now of course I didn't quit all at once, that would have been insane but I did cut down over a period of 2 weeks to nothing. And for the 2 weeks after I quit I was depressed (and like real depressed!). And then it cleared up after the 2 week mark. And that is what can happen when one is addicted to a substance, seemingly benign as coffee...The DSM-5 (the manual they use to classify all sorts of mental illnesses) does now have caffeine dependency as one of its potential conditions.
So there you have it, coffee, another example of me going overboard with something I love.
|Coffee is just better|
So it's been about 2 years since I made that change. And it is working well for me. But that is mostly because I will do anything if it will keep me running longer, stronger and healthier. However, coffee will never leave my life because my non-date coffee dates are the only thing driving my love life at the moment!
|The longest relationship I have had with anything or anyone has been coffee!|