10 Reasons Your Coffee Addiction Isn't Cute, It's Actually Dangerous
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12 Reasons Your Coffee Addiction Isn't Cute, It's Actually Dangerous

It's not healthy to "run on dunkin." Or Starbucks. Or any other caffeinated enabler.

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12 Reasons Your Coffee Addiction Isn't Cute, It's Actually Dangerous

I love coffee and like most people, I could drink multiple cups a day. I used to drink multiple cups a day until I did some research. There are many good things coffee can do for you, but excessive amounts are bad for your health. You might want to think twice before getting your second cup of coffee.

1. Too much coffee can cause anxiety

High amounts of caffeine can cause your body to experience rapid heart rates, warmer temperature, and increase breathing rate. These things are the same symptoms you feel when you have anxiety. Your body recognizes this as anxiety and will make your body think you are anxious. This will really affect you if you already experience anxiety.

2. It can cause you to hear things 

Although this is rare, high intakes of coffee with a mix of stress can cause you to hear things that aren't there. How scary is that?

3. You will gain weight 

Black coffee does not cause weight gain. However, the majority of coffee drinkers put cream and sugar in their coffee and that does cause weight gain. Be careful if you're a Frappuccino lover. There are 42 grams of sugar in just one tall mocha Frappuccino!

4. Your teeth will get more yellow and yellow teeth aren't cute at all 

The ingredients that make your teeth yellow in coffee are called tannins. Tannins are also in wine and tea. Yellow teeth already occur naturally, your coffee addiction is just making it worse.

5. You may experience insomnia 

Excessive amounts of coffee can cause insomnia. This will only make your addiction worse. If you can't sleep at night, you wake up exhausted, then you'll need more coffee, and then the next night you can't sleep again. It's a vicious cycle!

6. It will make you go to the bathroom a lot 

Coffee makes you pee more because of the caffeine in it. Caffeine is a diuretic which causes your bladder to fill up quickly. Even just one cup can make you need to go frequently!

7. It may interfere with other medications you're taking 

If you take medication, you may want to consult a doctor beforehand. It could be unsafe drinking coffee while you're on medication. Sometimes caffeine can irritate medications!

8. You are prone to stomach ulcers 

Stomach ulcers can come from anything that causes an increase of acid production in the stomach. Coffee is one that can cause this. Drinking high amounts of coffee can put you at risk for stomach ulcers.

9. It is a literal addiction — the more you drink, the more you need 

Once you drink coffee excessively, your body will need it. Even if you only want one cup, your body will crave another.

10. Coffee can make you moody 

I'm already moody so I don't need coffee making it worse. Drinking lots of coffee can make you irritable, sad, and anxious. Initially, you may feel happy and awake but crashing from high amounts of caffeine can leave you sad and anxious.

11. You will experience withdrawal symptoms when you do quit

Drinking numerous amounts of coffee can make you addicted. Once you're addicted, it is very hard to stop. You will get withdraw symptoms, such as irritability, depression, and anxiety. I stopped drinking coffee for one week and got headaches. It is not a fun time.

12. It is linked to early death

Studies say, drinking more than 4 cups of coffee regularly can lead to an early death. If you put all these factors together, you can see why.

Be careful when you go for the next cup of coffee. Although I am a huge coffee lover, it's good to know your limits.

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