Should I start drinking coffee?

Should I start drinking coffee?

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  1. Should I start drinking coffee?

    Coffee is often seen as an essential part of society. It is a drink that some people cannot live without, and it has such a rich history that cannot be ignored.
    Coffee lovers know how wonderful it can be to have a hot cup of coffee in the morning. It is one of the world’s most popular drinks and for this reason, it is consumed by millions of people around the world every day
    There are many known health benefits to drinking coffee, and it is something that many people enjoy doing. The caffeine in coffee can help you feel more alert and focused, and the high levels of antioxidants in coffee can reduce risk of chronic conditions such as type 2 diabetes. Coffee also contains compounds such as chlorogenic acid which may potentially protect against cancer cells.
    The decision to start drinking coffee is an individual decision that can be made by researching the potential benefits and risks. Coffee lovers believe it brings them happiness, increased productivity, and reduced risk of many diseases.
    Know more: What Happens to Your Body When You Drink Coffee

  2. I wouldn’t really advise it but it’s your choice. Coffee does have a lot of health benefits, especially for the liver and for digestion but you can also get addicted to caffeine very quickly and where drinking a cup or two of coffee might do you good, if it gets to three to six cups a day then that will definitely do you more harm. So, check for yourself if your caffeine tolerance is low or high.

  3. “Going out for coffee” isn’t a literal expression. You don’t actually have to have coffee. There’s no place that one might go out for coffee that doesn’t also serve (much better) beverages. At coffee shops, I tend to get tea, hot chocolate, or Italian sodas. Most of these options are far less expensive than fancy coffee drinks too, although straight coffee is usually the second cheapest thing on the menu after hot tea.
    No one will really care if you’re drinking coffee or not. Anyone taking the piss out of you for not drinking coffee is just doing it for laughs, not being serious.
    Drink what you like. If it’s not coffee, it’s not coffee.
    Caveat: I must disagree with Adam Turner though. I’m fairly certain that drinking horse blood will have significant social consequences–unless you’re a Mongol warrior–that it would be reasonable to avoid. But honestly, I haven’t seen it on any menus lately, so probably not a big problem.

  4. I am a big coffee drinker. ( Doesn’t mean you have to). But there was a period of time I switched to Decaf. Lately (the past few weeks) I stopped drinking coffee in morning with breakfast. Instead I have a cup of milk and when I get to work I take coffee.
    I don’t have data to prove (and it tends to vary by season). I don’t think there is any strong correlation between coffee and waking up / staying awake. May be there is , but It doesn’t affect me.

    While growing up ( India), I used to drink coffee as soon as I wake up. I used to feel that I will get headache if I don’t have my fix (coffee). But as I started switching habits, I don’t see the need. Like I can wake up and go for a run (1 hour) and I am perfectly fine without a coffee.

    Tired and waking up… mm…been there done that. I do that even now ( just today…as I was up late last night and today I am taking coffee every couple of hours), but I don’t think that is helping. Switched to water (while writing this).

    Get enough sleep. Drink lot of water. Move …( walk/run, etc.)

  5. Your bullet points are all good. I still have stained teeth after 8 years of quitting.
    I can add one under discussed point. Caffeine can be responsible for serious mood disorders in susceptible people. I spent 25 years being treated, ineffectively, for Bipolar II. It turned out that my mood issues were almost entirely being caused by my caffeine habit. I learned through experience that there is basically no lowest limit of coffee that I can imbibe without having my mood affected. Even decaf is off limits for me. Chocolate ( theobromine specifically) is related to caffeine and throws me off even harder.
    Of the points you mention I would consider caffeine’s propensity for dependence/addiction the most troublesome. When I quit I suffered through cravings for years, not to mention the short-term near migraine level headaches. If you are in the position to skip all that by all means go for it.
    Had I made that decision my life might have turned out very differently.

  6. There are a lot of benefits to drinking coffee. I usually have 2 cups a day. These benefits include:

    High antioxidant content
    Improvement of mental function (when used properly)
    Greater energy
    Taste (once you get used to it)
    Improvement of workout effectiveness

    Regarding social benefits
    –in my experience, it doesn’t really matter socially if you drink coffee or not. I used to be part of a religion that completely banned the consumption of coffee, but I never really even needed to mention this to my friends. I would just drink something else if we went somewhere that served coffee. The only negative I experienced when not drinking coffee was when I studied abroad in Costa Rica, a famous coffee producing-country.

    Regarding the negatives:

    Addiction is not really a serious problem unless you take your habit to unnecessary levels (i.e., more than 1-2 cups a day); I recently took a 2-week vacation during which I drank no coffee, but experienced no withdrawal symptoms
    Bad breath can be alleviated by not drinking with milk and sugar (significant contributions to bad breath and teeth, due to the encouragement of the growth of sugar-loving bacteria) and mints
    The money problem is largely alleviated by making the majority of your coffee at home, instead of paying ridiculous amounts for Starbucks
    You don’t need it for energy if you are healthy, but it will add to the energy (and focus) you already have

    I will add these caveats:
    If you have headache/migraine or heart problems, developing a caffeine habit is probably not such a good idea. Also, using coffee to compensate for insufficient sleep is only partially effective, and can lead to long-term problems. Also, drinking coffee late in the afternoon will have an adverse effect on sleep quality.

    Finally , your choices are not limited to no coffee or daily coffee consumption. If you don’t want to drink it daily, you can enjoy an occasional cup with friends without any addictive side effects.

    You may want to check out an unconventional recipe for coffee that substantially enhances mood and mental function:

  7. You might find that getting some exercise in the morning, and sleeping better at night, will get you a good start for your day. Also, a bit of exercise in the afternoon – or even just a walk somewhere with living trees and plants – can revitalize you.
    Coffee gives you “energy” because of caffeine and other chemicals in it. It’s essentially making the blood vessels in your brain bigger for a little while. It wears off after a few hours, unless you take in more caffeine. For example, if you drink coffee in the morning you might find that at 2PM you feel very tired or get a headache. You also might go through “withdrawal” if you stop taking caffeine. For me, the withdrawal starts after 1-2 days of no caffeine and manifests as about 3 days of bad headaches and tiredness – after which, I’m fine and actually feel better than I did when I was taking caffeine.
    If you decide to go the caffeine route, you can get it in many ways besides coffee. Here are a few:

    Certain Kinds of Tea
    Energy Drinks
    Certain Soft Drinks
    Caffeine Pills (including “migraine” Aspirin)
    Certain “Sports” Drinks

    I’ve never liked coffee. When I use caffeine, it’s generally in one of these forms: Mountain Dew (now, too sweet for my taste); Sunkist Orange Soda (one of the few caffeinated orange sodas); Excedrin Extra Strength (aspirin with caffeine); ZipFizz (an energy drink powder you mix with water); Green Tea.
    Here’s a list of sources:
    Caffeine Content of Drinks

  8. Yes for all the positive things that were listed. Afraid of teeth staining not a problem drink your coffee with creamer or milk. Also it has a laxative effect

  9. I, for one, love coffee. That said, drink what you want. Tea? Water? Decaf? Soft drinks? Horse blood? Now, if you’re concerned about how you’re perceived based on your preferred hot (or not) beverage, you’ve got issues deeper than whether or not you partake of the good bean.

    Eight O’Clock

  10. Hahahahahaaaaa… Just take coffee and enjoy your life, buddy! What about that food which you take often on daily basis when you are hungry and eat it several times even in a week. Isn’t that counts for addiction???

    Victor Allen’s

  11. This is not really an answer to your coffee question.
    What you’re really asking is: “should I start so that I can fit in?”
    My answer to most instances would be no.
    I don’t believe that you should feel like you need to partake in anything you’re not comfortable with, just to gain social acceptance. This could be anything… coffee, alcohol… or whatever. Your true friends will understand that you’re just not into it. You can still hang out with them over a cup of tea or a glass of juice if that is more your style.
    All that said, coffee is one of my great pleasures in life. I grind my own beans and have my own ritual for making my pour-over cup of coffee. A nice, properly-brewed cup can often have more tasting notes than a glass of wine. As a plus, I’ve met more close friends at my regular cafe than I have at my regular bar.
    So. Don’t force yourself to do anything, but if you want to try it, coffee is far from the worst substances out there.
    PS: The addictive qualities of coffee are overblown. I don’t do it every day, and many times I prefer to go without coffee rather than drink the bitter, liquefied charcoal they serve in the office pantry. Besides, I think drinking coffee’s better for you than drinking soda.

  12. Coffee contains caffeine, which is a stimulant of the central nervous system. Many people drink coffee to improve their physical performance or mental acuity for the short term, but there are health risks associated with chronic use.
    The most obvious negative effect comes from the increased blood flow to the digestive organs during a coffee break. This can lead to an urgent need to relieve oneself from one’s food intake. For individuals who eat infrequently and irregularly near other times of irregular eating, constipation may also result when their caffeine consumption prevents them from forcibly stimulating themselves at any point in between necessary uses of laxatives or enemas.
    Accumulated evidence shows that consuming high doses of caffeinated drinks leads to addiction in many cases,

  13. You can always quit. Coffee can be enjoyable. Don’t start if you are seeking caffeine and alertness. Drink coffee for the same reason you eat pizza, because it’s good, or can be good. And yes, coffee is sort of a social addiction, but it’s not evil except for Monday morning if you’ve run out. If you don’t have the money to spend, then don’t start. It does NOT make your teeth disgusting unless you are malnourished. If that’s the case, spend your meager earnings on high quality, highly nutritious foods which will contribute to healthy teeth that will not stain.

  14. I can’t say if you should or not, but you don’t need to. Plenty of people don’t drink coffee and they’re fine without it. I’ve had it before and can honestly say that you’re not missing out on anything. If you’re in fine health now and you don’t drink coffee often, you won’t be in much better health if you start drinking it. Furthermore, coffee’s benefits come from drinking a few ounces plain once a day, not from the extra sugar and whatnot from the concoctions you see in coffee shops. Further still, the benefits come from a few ounces a day, not from having a cup at breakfast, another with lunch, and a frapuccino after. However, even if you don’t drink coffee for the benefits, a creation from a coffee shop every now and then won’t hurt.


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