While some people drink coffee because they love the taste, others depend on it to provide them with a dose of energy to help start their day. But most people don’t think too much about how coffee actually affects their mind and body. Before you pour your next cup, keep reading to see what happens every time you take a sip of coffee.
In a recent study conducted by Durham University in England, researchers concluded that people who drink at least three cups of brewed coffee per day were three times more likely to experience hallucinations. Participants of the study heard voices, saw things that weren’t even there, and they sensed the presence of ghosts. Pretty creepy, right?
Many people skip out on eating a nutritional breakfast and substitute it with some coffee instead. But this bad habit can cause some major problems with the digestive tract. Drinking coffee on an empty stomach floods the body with the stress hormones called cortisol and adrenaline. The release of these hormones causes the digestive system to work overtime to send energy to other parts of the body, and the stomach is left to suffer. This is why excessive coffee drinkers usually experience a bunch of tummy issues, including bloating, diarrhea and stomach cramps.
Your coffeemaker may be a breeding ground for some pretty harmful bacteria. Studies conducted on the drip trays of Nespresso coffee machines found between 35 and 67 different types of bacteria growing in the trays’ leftover coffee, including the bacteria that causes staph infection and E. coli. Even if your coffee machine is as clean as a whistle, research has shown that when coffee mugs aren’t cleaned properly, they can easily become contaminated with fecal bacteria and other dangerous germs that can wreck havoc on your body. Eww.
Drinking just a little bit of coffee everyday can lead to caffeine addiction. Like most drugs, caffeine increases levels of dopamine in the brain, and the improved mood and happiness that it provides can become addicting. Over time, many coffee drinkers realize it gets harder and harder to start their day off on the right foot. This is why some coffee drinkers will claim to be grumpy and unhappy in the morning up until they get their fix by drinking their first cup of joe.
After drinking just one cup of coffee, the caffeine that’s found in the beverage can cause muscles spasms that feel like an electric shock is being jolted throughout the entire body. Some coffee drinkers experience eye twitches in the upper eyelid, and leg spasms. Severe cases of spasms can occur in other parts of the body, too, including the throat and the voice box. This can lead to stuttering, and it makes it pretty difficult to form sentences.