Reasons NOT to quit drinking coffee

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I was never a coffee fan before I met Tyler. I guess it was due to my parents not having it at home (and mom, putting a grain or two of instant coffee into your hot water does not count as coffee!). So when I met Tyler he introduced me to the delicacy coffee is.

 

Reasons why NOT to quit drinking coffee

Like everything in life, you will hear that coffee has its pros and cons. Some are more believable than others. Seriously, these so called scientists sometimes need to get another hobby!

 

Reasons NOT to quit drinking coffee

There have been times thatI have tried quitting my coffee habits, cold-turkey. These times have taught me a few lessons, the hard way:

Reasons why NOT to quit drinking coffeeCaffeine helps protect your heart. Coffee contains more antioxidants per serving than blueberries! These antioxidants help widen blood vessels, which helps suppress artery inflammation.

But if what you want is the happiest and healthiest of hearts, drink coffee in the morning, eat dark chocolate for lunch, and drink some red wine whenever (it is 5pm somewhere in the world)!

 
Reasons why NOT to quit drinking coffee Coffee is your friend! Of course, he will be a better friend if not loaded with cream and tons of sugar! The less sugar the better. Like all friends, coffee is there to help relieve stress. A cup of coffee can lower your blood pressure which has a relaxing effect. I have been known to drink a cup of coffee after a tough day, even if this means I have to drink it at 9 in the evening.

 
Reasons why NOT to quit drinking coffee Coffee, whether decaffeinated or regular, is a laxative. Now you know the reason why some people take their coffee cups into the bathroom!! Coffee is a way healthier alternative to chemical laxatives, right?!

And there is a coffee mug for that!

 
Reasons why NOT to quit drinking coffee Coffee helps with headaches, even though nasty ones caused by caffeine withdrawal. Studies show that 16 ounces of brewed coffee provides relief from headaches, including migraines. And I attest to this, I get migraines and coffee helps relieve them. Yes, it doesn’t make them go away, but it helps take the edge off, making them more bearable.

And if coffee doesn’t do the charm, try some hot sauce!

 
Reasons why NOT to quit drinking coffee  
Drinking 1 to 5 cups of coffee a day may help lower the risk of dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, and Parkinson’s disease. The antioxidants found in coffee may ward off brain cell damage. Like many studies, this is not a 100% sure study, but, like I always say, better safe than sorry!

 
Of course, this is not to say that Coffee is all good and you cannot do any wrong by drinking it. Some people are extremely sensitive to caffeine and get the jitters and even sick (my mother in law can’t drink caffeinated coffee without getting all jittery for 24 hours). Coffee is also known to disturb sleep, which gives you more time to blog!

All in all, these are the reason why I am not quitting drinking coffee any time soon! Well, these and also trying to quit gives me the worse headaches ever. Imagine smashing your head, as hard as you can, against a wall, that is how bad these withdrawal headaches feel! :'(

So there you have it! Time to enjoy that nice cup of coffee, without the guilt!

Reasons NOT to quit drinking coffee
 

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27 Comments
  • Dawn
    November 15, 2012

    Coffee also helps with headaches because it dialates blood vessels which can cause headaches when they constrict. 🙂 Or something that sounds way more “science-y” than that.

    Coffee rocks!

    Dawn
    http://www.cheapisthenewclassy.com

    • Sofia
      November 20, 2012

      You said it just right!! Unfortunately I can’t drink coffee when I have a headache ’cause caffeine is one of my triggers!! But I love to drink it anyways! 😀

      Coffee does rock!

  • Nickida
    November 15, 2012

    Great article. I don’t drink coffee anyway because I think it would make me jittery.

    • Sofia
      November 20, 2012

      My mother in law is like you too!! She can’t have any caffeine or she would literally start shaking!

  • Dusty @To the Moon and Back
    November 15, 2012

    Mmmm…coffee. I’m not much of a hot coffee drinker, although I do enjoy a good iced variety or a frappuccino! I didn’t know about the headaches and dementia!

    • Sofia
      November 20, 2012

      A Java Chip Frappucchino sounds soo good right now!!

  • Susan McNeill
    November 15, 2012

    I would never voluntarily give up my coffee. How else could I make it through the day?!

    • Sofia
      November 20, 2012

      I have only volunteered to quit coffe once…but failed miserably! Last time I went without coffee was because my husband kept forgetting to stop by the store and buy more!! (perks of having only one car, sigh)

  • Cheryl
    November 15, 2012

    I’ve never been a coffee fan. I get my fair share of caffeine from chocolate. 🙂

  • Alisha Kostiuk
    November 15, 2012

    I require at least 1 cup of coffee first thing in the morning or else lol.

  • mel
    November 15, 2012

    This is a great post. Honestly, I drink so much coffee but didn’t realize that it was actually good for you. I am going to pin this article later!

    • Sofia
      November 20, 2012

      Well, it has its pros and cons, just like everything else in life.

  • Annabelle
    November 15, 2012

    I will never give up coffee! I can’t believe that it was vilified for so long. It’s magical! (but I can’t drink it all day long, unfortunately)

  • Jaime Nicole
    November 15, 2012

    Good thing it’s good for me, because I couldn’t give it up!

  • Amanda Taylor @ Survival Guide by The Working Mom
    November 15, 2012

    Love number 5! Now when my husband accuses me of being forgetful, I can just say “I need more coffee!” 🙂

  • Audrey
    November 15, 2012

    I gave up coffee while pregnant and it was HARD! I am so addicted to it. I get headaches if I don’t have a cup a day. 🙂

    • Sofia
      November 20, 2012

      I am addicted to coffee!! So much that my doctor told me to take only one cup a day…saved my sanity!

  • Amber Edwards
    November 15, 2012

    interesting view point. Never thought about other reasons why people drink coffee because we don’t drink coffee. I can’t stand the taste, smell…nothing. To each their own of course.

  • Melissa
    November 15, 2012

    I need my coffee this morning!! Everything for the most part in moderation is okay

  • shelly
    November 15, 2012

    I like the smell of coffee but could never get used to the taste. Those sound like some good benefits!

  • Tesa @ 2 Wired 2 Tired
    November 15, 2012

    I just started drinking coffee if you can believe it, so I’m glad to hear there are good points to it!

  • S.O.S. Mom
    November 15, 2012

    I used to hate coffee… Since I met my boyfriend I really enjoy it. I know you should have coffee straight with nothing else, thats the healthy version of it, But during the holidays, I love a nice eggnog latte!!! mmmmmmmiiiiiaaaaammmmm!

    • Sofia
      November 20, 2012

      I cannot drink it straight, too strong. I either add a bit of creamer and sugar, or milk and sugar.

  • Nicole Strunk
    November 15, 2012

    Some say that coffee is also can aide in weight loss. It is said to boost your metabolism and works as an appetite suppressant. Replacing sodas with a cup of black coffee also saves calories. It is also supposed to be good before working out. I couldn’t live without my fresh ground Starbucks French roast in my travel French press mug!

    • Sofia
      November 20, 2012

      Hey Nicole!! 😀 I have heard the same!! I think you are supposed to drink a cup of coffee, straight, right after waking up. I just can’t drink it straight!

  • Jessica Barnett
    November 21, 2012

    I love that you just gave me so many reasons to justify my addiction!!!!

  • Judith B.
    November 25, 2012

    Good reasons! Not that I needed a reason to continue. I love the taste and flavor of coffee. Thanks.