Coffee’s use is so widespread that we felt the need to address this topic even further. Continuing from our last post on the Top 3 Things to Know About Coffee and Your Health, we want to expand this information to make sure you are aware of coffee’s interaction with the human body, possible side effects that may occur, and why it’s important to moderate your daily consumption.
3 More Things to Know About Coffee and Your Health
4. Caffeine and Cortisol
Ever wondered why most nurses cannot live or start the day without coffee? This has something to do with the body’s cortisol levels. Naturally, cortisol levels are high in the morning because cortisol is responsible for rising and waking in the morning. However, in people who are caffeine addicts, they tend to ingest massive amounts of caffeine at the start of the day which leads not to a high, but a low concentration of cortisol. Then, they start drinking more coffee because they are still feeling sleepy despite the humongous amount they already drank. This is the cycle of caffeine addiction.
Cortisol also has to do with eating. People who have huge surges of cortisol during meals tend to eat a lot, leading to higher body fat, lower muscle mass, and reduced metabolism. They cannot sleep well at night because increased cortisol levels keep them from entering stage 4 of sleep, which is the stage where there is rebuilding and repairing of the cells. This is the part of caffeine that keeps nurses awake during graveyard shifts. Nurses may thank coffee for keeping them up and running, yet everything that is too much for the body would end up harming it.
5. Caffeine and Our Skin
Nurses should be conscious of how they look because this can add to the pleasantness that they can share with their patients. Our skin is the largest organ in our body and the most noticeable, so keeping it fresh and hydrated is a must. However, your all-time favorite caffeine could cause wrinkling and aging because it dehydrates the skin and elevates cortisol levels. A decrease in collagen and elastin production is also found with increased consumption of caffeine, leading to skin aging.
So despite the toxic shift, nurses must never forget to drink lots and lots of water to maintain a healthy and beautiful skin and become more presentable in front of their patients.
6. Caffeine and People
Different people, different reactions to coffee. Not everyone can get used to just one amount of coffee. The amount that is too much for one person can be too little for another. The effect of caffeine varies from one person to another, so there is no perfect amount of coffee for anyone or everyone. Drinking the amount that you consider adequate is recommended, just as long as you recognize what is too much for your health.
Coffee is one of the greatest stimulants offered and has contributed to more productivity. Also, there have been many studies performed over the years highlighting the benefits of drinking coffee. Just be sure to limit yourself accordingly. If you ever question the amount you’re drinking, chances are you are drinking too much and may want to cut back at least a cup or two.