Even at this time, there will be many people enjoying a ‘free time with a cup of coffee’. Coffee is still a controversial food, but several health benefits, including the prevention of liver cancer, are being confirmed one after another. On the other hand, disadvantages such as insomnia are well known. Is there any way to drink coffee well for health? Let’s learn about the habit of drinking coffee while reducing the shortcomings and maximizing the effect.
◆ In case of inconvenient due to frequent urination.. “Abstain coffee if important
The caffeine in coffee stimulates the bladder, causing the urge to urinate. In particular, these symptoms worsen with age. The maximum amount of urine the bladder can store is reduced. The ability to hold urine after feeling the urge to urinate also decreases. Although individual differences are large, urgency to urinate immediately also occurs. If you have an important job that prevents you from going to the bathroom, it is better to limit your consumption of coffee.
◆ If you have trouble sleeping at night.. Refrain from drinking coffee after 3pm.
The caffeine in coffee has a stimulating effect. It stimulates the cerebral cortex so that you can be alert or completely free from drowsiness. It takes about 8 hours for this effect to completely disappear. People with sleep problems, such as having trouble falling asleep at night, are advised to refrain from consuming coffee from 3 to 4 pm.
◆ If you are concerned about bone health.. “Drink within 2 cups of coffee”
Caffeine in coffee promotes calcium excretion, so it is better not to drink too much. Two cups of coffee per day is adequate. According to the Ministry of Health and Welfare’s 2020 nutrient intake standards for Koreans, the prevalence of osteoporosis is very high among women over the age of 50. This is because the decrease in female hormones due to menopause leads to rapid bone loss. Men are much less likely than women, but as they age, calcium intake from the intestines decreases and bone formation decreases, which can lead to osteoporosis.
◆ Lack of moisture due to the steaming heat. Can I drink coffee instead of water?
Some people drink coffee as often as water. Since coffee is also made of water, you may think that drinking it instead of water is not a problem. But this is a wrong idea. Rather, coffee dehydrates the body. If you drink coffee often, you need to drink a lot of water to prevent health problems caused by dehydration.
◆ Coffee on an empty stomach.. “Not good for gastric mucosa”
Some people drink strong coffee as soon as they wake up in the morning. I look for coffee when I go out in the afternoon. Caffeine-rich coffee on an empty stomach can harm the gastric mucosa. This is why patients with gastritis and stomach ulcers should refrain from drinking coffee. Even people with a healthy stomach should avoid coffee on an empty stomach.
◆ Study or exercise ahead of time.. “Good for concentration”
The arousal effect of coffee is helpful for study and exercise. The caffeine in coffee is effective in preventing fatigue and drowsiness caused by adenosine in the body. Adenosine is one of the substances that induce sleep along with melatonin. It can also increase athletic performance. This is because black coffee increases the amount of adrenaline in the blood. Adrenaline helps your body break down stored fat so you can use more energy when exercising.
◆ Medically confirmed.. The effect of coffee on liver cancer
Coffee lowers the risk of liver and endometrial cancer, according to a report by the World Health Organization (WHO) International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC). The National Cancer Center-National Cancer Information Center of Korea also cited this report and suggested the preventive effect of coffee on liver and endometrial cancer. The Korean Liver Association, an academic group of liver specialists, recommends coffee consumption to patients with chronic liver disease, saying that drinking coffee helps suppress the occurrence of liver cancer. Black coffee that does not contain additives such as sugar is good.
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