Over the years, there has been an extensive health debate over whether coffee is really good or bad for our bodies, with strong arguments and research coming from both sides of the fence. Some research suggests that coffee can prevent strokes, delay the onset of diabetes and heart disease. Other findings indicate it might lead to some forms of cancer and adversely affect the metabolism.
The most recent studyfrom the Mayo Clinic published on August 15 reveals that drinking more than 28 cups a week can harm your health considerably, with those consuming more than four cups a day twice as likely to die than those who are non-drinkers.
Based on data collected from the Aerobic Center Longitudinal Study, the research measured the coffee consumption habits and lifestyles of almost 45,000 people ages between 20 and 87 years over a 17-year period.
The study specifically found that men aged 55 years or younger who consumed more than 28 cups of coffee a week were 56 percent more likely to have died from any cause than those who were non-drinkers, and younger women doubled their risk of mortality with consumption.
However, there is no need to ring the alarm bells just yet. The study did not find any significant link between coffee consumption and heart disease deaths and there were no increased mortality risks associated with less than three cups a day as co-author Carl J. Lavie, a cardiology researcher at the Ochsner Medical Center in New Orleans explained. “There continues to be considerable debate about the health effects of caffeine, and coffee specifically, with some reports suggesting toxicity and some even suggesting beneficial effects,” he said.
The latest research conflicts with the findings of a number of previous studies on the health effects of coffee, such as a 2012 study by the National Institutes of Health which found that older adults who drank more coffee had a lower risk of death overall. It’s safe to say there are positive and negative qualities about drinking coffee but of course in moderation. Here are the signs that you might be affected by too much caffeine and you might need to cut back or be prick to everyone in your workplace.
IT CAN MAKE YOU HEAR THINGS.
According to a study by the University of Melborune, coffee is “the most commonly used psychoactive drug,” and drinking more than 5 cups a day can have you hearing things.
Researchers gave 92 subjects large amounts of coffee and then had them listen to white noise.
From The Daily Mail:
Professor Simon Crowe, of La Trobe University in Melbourne, said: “We also told them that within the white noise there may be parts of the song White Christmas and if you hear it, press a button. We didn’t include White Christmas in the white noise but found that more people who were very stressed and had high levels of caffeine thought they heard the song. The combination of caffeine and stress affect the likelihood of an individual experiencing a psychosis-like symptom.”
IT CAN DAMAGE YOUR LIVER.
According to studies by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, while moderate amounts of coffee can help the liver to detoxify the body, too much can have to opposite effect and hinder your liver’s function. This is especially true if you’re taking high doses of common over-the-counter pain medication.
IT CAN RAISE YOUR BLOOD PRESSURE.
That’s according to a Carnegie Mellon study which also says that coffee can stimulate the heart and cause shallow breathing.
IT CAN MAKE YOU IRRATIONAL AND IRRITABLE.
The shallow breathing caused by too much caffeine can stymie oxygen’s flow to the brain, which in turn harms the decision making process.
IT CAN CAUSE INSOMNIA.
This varies from person to person, depending on how well your body can process caffeine. Coffee has a 6 hour half life so it takes 24 hours to work its way through your system (on average).
That means coffee right before bed (like when you’ve been pulling an all-nighter) is no way to get good quality sleep. Studies show that it reduces valuable REM sleep time.
According to research done by Johns Hopkins University, caffeine only gives you that focused energy because it gets you over caffeine withdrawals in the first place.
John Hopkins researchers found that caffeine-related performance improvement is nonexistent without caffeine withdrawal. In essence, coming off caffeine reduces your cognitive performance and has a negative impact on your mood. The only way to get back to normal is to drink caffeine, and when you do drink it, you feel like it’s taking you to new heights. In reality, the caffeine is just taking your performance back to normal for a short period.
IT CAN MAKE HARD WORKERS SLACK OFF.
The University of British Columbia did a study in which it gave 40 rats amphetamines and caffeine. The amphetamines made lazy rats work harder and hard working rats more lazy.
The coffee, on the other hand, did nothing for the slackers. It didn’t do anything for the workers either.
IT CAN INCREASE YOUR RISK FOR OSTEOPOROSIS.
This is according to research by the Oregon State University. To combat this, make sure you’re getting enough vitamin D and calcium when you’re drinking coffee.
WITHDRAWAL CAN GIVE YOU A HEADACHE.
Withdrawal is about 12-24 hours after your last cup, according to the American Heart Association.
WITHDRAWAL CAN ALSO MAKE YOU DEPRESSED.
You can add anxiety, fatigue and drowsiness to those symptoms.
BONUS: DRINKING CAFFEINE CAN LEAD TO A LEAKIER BLADDER.
Heart Disease and Cancer Prevention
Honey is chock full of antioxidants and flavonoids that work to reduce your risk of heart disease and cancer. These compounds improve your overall health and prevent the free radical damage that can lead to these diseases. They also help to prevent other abnormal changes that may cause both disease.
Gastrointestinal Disorder Prevention
Gastrointestinal disorders are common and most people experience an upset stomach from time to time. Honey is a natural antibacterial, so regular consumption may help to prevent bacterial stomach infections, as well as ulcers, since ulcers are often the result of H. pylori bacteria.
Organic honey is an effective anti-fungal, antibacterial, and anti-viral solution. These properties are present both when you ingest honey and when you apply it topically. Studies show that bees produce an enzyme that works very similar to hydrogen peroxide, adding to the antibacterial actions of honey.
Better Athletic Performance
During ancient times, athletes worked toward better athletic performance by eating dried figs and honey before competition. Modern studies confirm this action and water with organic honey is a favorite among competitive athletes because it helps them maintain glycogen levels.
Reduces Throat Irritation
Many people reach for a cup of tea with honey when they have a sore throat because honey helps to kill bacteria and it coats the throat to soothe it. These same actions also help to calm a cough, helping people to sleep at night. For some people, honey is just as effective as cough syrup.
Balancing the Body
In Ayurvedic medicine, honey is a very common remedy because it works to balance the systems in the body so that the organs function as they should. Honey is able to penetrate the body’s tissues to heal and invigorate the body. Honey works for many ailments, such as nausea, urinary tract disorders, and problems with eyesight.
Regulating Blood Sugar
Organic honey is sweet, but it does not affect the blood sugar like white sugar does. It works to regulate blood sugar due to a balance of glucose and fructose in the honey. It also has a low glycemic index which is beneficial for diabetics who want something sweet, but also want to lower their blood sugar.
You can apply honey to minor topical wounds to promote healing and prevent infection. It has an antibacterial effect and a drying effect and these work together to heal minor cuts and scrapes. It may also be beneficial for minor burns, but should never go on serious burns.
If you have frequent tummy troubles, a probiotic can be very helpful to regulate your bowel movements and encourage the growth of healthy bacteria in the gut. Honey has as many as four species of bifidobacteria and six species of lactobacilli, making it a great alternative to supplements.
The antibacterial properties of honey make it a great remedy for the skin because it can help to treat acne and prevent further breakouts. Honey also works to balance the pH of the skin, it helps to exfoliate, and it works to nourish and hydrate the skin for optimal health.
If you’re reading this, there’s a good chance that you have a tattoo. After all, nearly half of the population has decided at some point in their life that it was a good idea to permanently ink an image, or special symbol, onto their skin. Many hold no regrets when it comes to their tattoos; however, others embrace them less so with age. But now there’s a new reason to rethink getting inked. Have you ever considered exactly what tattoo ink is made of? The ink is really pigment, and most are made of metal salts; however, some are made of plastics or vegetable dyes, and if organic, they’re usually plant-based. Body-art lovers have complained of scarring, allergic reactions, and phototoxic reactions (adverse reaction to light or sunlight), and depending on the type of pigment, other complications can occur. Brightly colored plastic-based pigments have been particularly problematic for some, and glow-in-the-dark tattoos can be radioactive and toxic.
FDA has not approved any tattoo pigments for injection into the skin . Tattoo parlors are regulated by the state and city, but the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) does not require manufacturers to release their ink’s ingredients; doing so could supposedly give away trade secrets. The lack of regulation is slightly unnerving considering that 36 percent of people ages 18-25 have tattoos, as do 40 percent of those 26-40 years old. That means approximately 45 million Americans have been inked, and one-third of those did so because it makes them feel “sexy.” Unfortunately, what makes you feel sexy now, could possibly make you feel sick later. The chemicals and heavy metals in tattoo ink can cause various forms of cancer, birth defects, certain mutations, and be destructive to your immune system. Many pigments used in tattoo inks are industrial-grade colors suitable for printer ink or automobile paint . The FDA’s website warns about tattoo ink possibly causing infections, allergic reactions, keloids (formation of a scar), granulomas (inflammation) and potential complications while receiving MRIs. Although rare, some people might experience swelling or burning in the tattoo while receiving magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), according to the FDA. A team of researchers is working with an Arkansas-based FDA laboratory to learn more about the chemistry between tattoos and the body. Chemist Paul Howard, Ph.D., with the National Center for Toxicological Research (NCTR), is investigating the “chemical composition of the inks and how they break down (metabolize) in the body.” They’re also looking at the short-term and long-term safety of tattoo pigments, and how the body responds to the interaction of light with the inks.
“There have been no systematic studies of the safety of tattoo inks,” said Howard, “so we are trying to ask–and answer–some fundamental questions.” Part of the team’s research is to understand what happens to tattoo ink when it’s exposed to sunlight and fades over time. “Where does the pigment go?” asked Howard. Some experts theorize that body cells digest and destroy the ink, ridding themselves of bacteria and other foreign matter as a defense mechanism. Yellow 74 pigment is believed to be broken down by enzymes, or metabolized, similar to the way our bodies excrete other substances, according to NCTR research.
Sunlight breaks down the pigment Yellow 74 into colorless compounds that, while invisible, most likely still remain in the skin and could potentially be toxic. Research has also shown that some pigment migrates from the tattoo site to the body’s lymph nodes, explained Howard.
“Lymph nodes are part of the lymphatic system, a collection of fluid-carrying vessels in the body that filter out disease-causing organisms. Whether the migration of tattoo ink has health consequences or not is still unknown,” states the FDA’s website. Further research is definitely needed to fully understand the effects of tattoos; however, it’s worth considering next time you think about getting inked.
Credit: Natural News