Is the fact that a hot pot of coffee is waiting for you the only thing that drags you out of bed in the morning? It’s fine to love coffee, but too much of a good thing can be detrimental to your health. Excessive caffeine intake has been linked to osteoporosis, dependence, anxiety, increased risk of bone fracture, and muscle tremors. It can also have a pretty serious negative impact on your appearance—read on and decide if coffee is worth it to you.
That rich brown color that distinguishes coffee from other hot drinks is also one of the worst things to happen to your teeth. Coffee doesn’t just give your teeth a temporary brown tint—the color of the coffee beans covers your teeth, works its way into your teeth, and stains them. The acid present in coffee makes this worse, as it can weaken your teeth as you sip throughout the day. If you start getting stained teeth, you’re most likely to notice it on your upper front teeth. To avoid this side effect, drink your coffee quickly—this minimizes your teeth's exposure to it and keeps it from wearing away at your teeth during the day.
Dry, Parched Skin
Coffee works as a diuretic, so it increases the frequency of urination. If you drink small or moderate amounts of coffee, this isn’t a problem. However, if you drink lots of coffee every day, the diuretic effect of coffee can lead to dehydration. Dehydration can lead to dry, scaly skin—not a good look on anyone! This can be a vicious cycle to break; if you feel dehydrated, you may just reach for another cup of coffee to alleviate the discomfort. Do your best to offset your coffee intake with water and stay hydrated.
Effects of Insomnia
Excessive coffee drinking can lead to regular insomnia. If you’re consistently not getting enough sleep, or the sleep you get is restless and disturbed, it will begin to show. Your body repairs itself while you sleep, and insomnia deprives your body of that repair time. You may develop baggy skin or purple half-circles under your eyes. You may also notice that you get the jitters, your eyes become bloodshot, or you simply don’t have the effort to put into your appearance in the morning after a sleepless night.
Too Much Coffee?
How do you know if you’re drinking too much coffee? Most sources agree that if you are regularly consuming upwards of 500-600 milligrams of caffeine a day, you are putting your health and appearance at risk. That’s approximately 4-7 regular sized cups of coffee daily. So if you are regularly drinking that much, you should consider scaling back. Try to drink a large glass of water between cups of coffee to fill you up and hydrate you; it may lessen your coffee cravings. Work your way down to a safe consumption level slowly; you’ll avoid caffeine withdrawal and avoid the impact coffee has on your beauty!