While coffee has been widely proven to provide conclusive healthy benefits for the body, negative notions of drinking coffee be worthy of much attention. This is primarily connected with a non-moderated drinking habit of coffee. Excessive drinking always causes negative effects to the body. Coffee is not an exemption to that.
A prominent substance included in the coffee mixture known as caffeine may pose a greater risk than providing the desired outcome of drinking coffee. Understanding the mechanism of caffeine inside the body may well prove to be useful in preventing any adverse reactions that might arise from a non-moderated drinking habit.
Caffeine and it’s effects on your body
Caffeine is the substance that provides the “alertness” effect of the coffee. For that matter, it is a stimulant. Once a stimulant enters the body, it targets the neural activity of the nervous system. This mechanism activates the neurons, making a more active pathway for generation of electrical impulses. The effect of this process can be observed in the body. Certain hormones will be activated as well especially the adrenaline, which is called the “flight or fight” hormone.
Adrenaline provides the needed energy for intensive physical activities. Increase in heart rate can also be detected along with the constriction of blood vessels. This prompts the airways to open, providing more space for accumulation of the needed air substances for the increase activity. These effects are observed in a body that is in the “alert” mode caused by the intake of the substance.
How much caffeine should you consume?
There is a recommended dosage of caffeine intake to regulate the stimulant mechanism. A 180- milligrams intake is good enough for a typical person who weights 60 kilograms basing from the recommended dosage of 3mg/kilogram weight. Any level that is lower for the recommended dosage will not greatly provide a desired effect on the body.
On the other hand, excessive amount will cause heart palpitations, prolong hours of alertness, and even worst is addiction. A person who constantly drinks coffee should maintain a consistent amount to prevent any addiction of the said substance. Addiction is a big problem and a withdrawal syndrome would likely to occur from an abrupt discontinue.
Moreover, it has been also known that caffeine has other effects than being a stimulant to the body. Its inner workings inside the body suggest that it can help in the weight loss process, especially if taken during a workout training program. Caffeine is also good for athletes who perform aerobic exercises, activities that require long durations of time, such as swimming, running, marathon, and cycling among others.
A wise athlete always understands the effects and mechanisms of a stimulant such as caffeine. Its health benefits for workout training programs are very much proven, but it’s excessive and abuse uses are also detrimental to the body’s health.