Health and Fitness By Mae Davies / May 8, 2015 I have been a coffee addict for six years. Like any other person with coffee addiction, my journey began with drinking just a cup of coffee so that I could stay awake at night to make a project deadline and drinking another cup again in the morning to boost my sleep-deprived system. Little did I know that the single would lead to two, three, then four cups daily. After six years, I’ve started to notice a lot of health problems and issues that made me think twice about my coffee addiction. They’re actually the reasons why I started cutting my coffee intake and which made me finally decide to beat my coffee addiction. It can cause Insomnia and other sleep problems Having a coffee addiction for six years has made me develop many sleeping problems, including insomnia. I have very poor sleeping quality. I have a hard time sleeping early at night even if I am very tired. I keep tossing and turning in my bed up to the wee hours of night. We all know that being sleep-deprived can take its toll on our health since our bodies need much rest, which can best be achieved through a good night’s sleep. But drinking a lot of coffee can actually make us stay awake for up to 12 hours, which is why we can’t sleep immediately even if our bodies feel so tired. As a result, our sleep pattern becomes so interrupted and messed up that we feel drowsy in the mornings, but alert at night. It can cause Heart Palpitations and Heartburn Drinking lots of coffee also causes heart palpitations and heartburn. Whenever I drink a lot of coffee, my heart rate becomes faster and my blood pressure increases. Worst, when all of thishappens at a time when I am so stressed out, the result is that I have panic attacks. It just really causes more stress to my whole system. It’s a liver enemy Coffee has also been attributed to cause a lot of health issues and problems (yes, a lot of health problems that talking about all of them would make this article very long); one of these is that it can cause damage to the liver. True, coffee has many antioxidants, but the chemicals that can be found in coffee don’t end there. It also has other chemicals like polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, aldehydes, alcohols, and sulfides, which can be very taxing for the liver to break down. Other chemicals found in coffee also reduce the detoxification process of our liver and increases its acidity level. This high acidity in coffee is also what I am blaming for having gastritis. To date, my doctor has proscribed my drinking of coffee because according to him, the acidity in coffee can further damage the lining of my stomach and other gastrointestinal organs. It is laden with pesticides I was indeed surprised and also horrified when I read Stephen Cherniske’s book, Caffeine Blues: Wake Up to the Hidden Dangers of America’s #1 Drug. According to him, “Caffeine is a biological poison used by plants as a pesticide.” Coffee, with so much caffeine in it, has a high toxicity of pesticides. Over 700 volatile substances in coffee have also been identified! So, it’s no wonder why coffee can cause a lot of health problems and pose as a health risk. It can cost you bigger numbers By numbers, I don’t just mean your finances. Aside from the fact that indulging in a cup of coffee is expensive, it can also make you gain more weight. Just imagine how many calories are there in your coffee with all its foam, added flavors, and whipped cream. According to the research made by the University of Western Australia, your coffee intake can increase your risk of obesity and, consequently, diabetes. So if you don’t want to spend more or if you want to cut back those excess pounds, eliminating coffee in your daily diet can help you achieve that. The negative effects of drinking coffee is not limited to just your yellow teeth. It can cause a lot of health issues and problems in the long run. So if you want to remain healthy and beautiful, it would be best for you to put that cup of coffee down, or if you are already a coffee-addict, it’s time for you to learn How to Beat Your Coffee Addiction.