Shocking Facts About Coffee and Your Health

My morning routine: Wake up. Take a shower. Drink coffee. …and then more coffee.


Risk #1: Coffee makes heart conditions worse.

While moderate coffee drinkers (those who consume 1 to 3 cups every day) have lower rates of stroke than non-coffee drinkers, those who drink 4 cups or more a day have a higher risk for increased cholesterol and blood pressure, which increases the risk of heart disease. Caffeine causes Vasoconstriction (shrinking of blood vessels), which makes the heart work harder to pump blood throughout the body. This increases blood pressure and cholesterol.

Risk #2: Coffee causes anxiety, which ages us just like stress does.

Although some people experience anxiety at higher levels than others, coffee can even trigger anxiety all the more. This arises from an excessive amount of caffeine and occurs because a person’s heart rate increases when consuming too much coffee.

Shocking Facts About Coffee and Your Health

Risk #3: Coffee can give you an upset stomach.

Regular and excessive coffee intake can cause upset stomach by disrupting the lining of the stomach. This can cause indigestion, heartburn, acid reflux, and diarrhea.

Risk #4: Coffee can cause dehydration.

Caffeine is a diuretic, which increases urine production, which reduces the amount of water in the body. This can possibly cause extreme dehydration.

So, before reaching for your 4th cup of coffee of the day remember that it may – or may not – be the best decision. Listen to yourself and your body. After all, that’s the best health advice there is.

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Rebecca is Urbanette's Beauty and Health Editor. She is an expert in all things related to beauty, holistic health, organic food, toxins, and fitness. She is a part-time model and nutritionist who grew up in Canada, spent most of her adulthood in Brooklyn, and now lives with her boyfriend David in Zurich, Switzerland. Check out her blog at RadiantPeach.com

Reader Discussion: 139 Comments

  1. Avatar of Edith Glover

    Edith Glover

    Coffee is so delicious that there HAS to be downsides to it!

  2. Avatar of Angie Becker

    Angie Becker

    I drink black coffee once a day. I’ve heard health benefits and side effects. I’m torn. Would sticking to a cup a day reduce the negative effects and still give you the health benefits needed?

  3. Avatar of Muriel Vargas

    Muriel Vargas

    Thanks for a very thoughtfully written-article!!!

  4. Avatar of Dianne Copeland

    Dianne Copeland

    There are many other beneficial drinks out there, so if you have hypertension, leaky bladder, touchy stomach, or are pregnant… AVOID COFFEE!

  5. Avatar of Lillian Arnold

    Lillian Arnold

    Informative article! Coffee has significant health benefits but can have negative side effects if one drinks TOO MUCH!

    • Avatar of Melba Harrington

      Melba Harrington

      Yeah, the key here is MODERATION! ☕️

  6. Avatar of Margaret Palmer

    Margaret Palmer

    So confusing! While many people joke that they can’t function without coffee, others would say they hate it!

  7. Avatar of Dixie Castro

    Dixie Castro

    I gave up coffee due to some digestive problems. I switched to tea (I read it has less caffeine). The first three days was painful for me, I felt tired (withdrawal syndrome?! I don’t know)… But I guess my body adjusted, I feel better today and digestive problems have improved.

  8. Avatar of Betty Young

    Betty Young

    My bad, I’ve been averaging four cups of coffee per day 🙁

  9. Avatar of Irene Evans

    Irene Evans

    Coffee has been both praised and mocked for centuries and I feel great to read scientifically-proven benefits of coffee.

  10. Avatar of Margaret Ross

    Margaret Ross

    Indeed, for every benefit is a disadvantage!

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