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Coffee addict? Effects of coffee on the body

Are you a coffee lover? What’s your go to choice… Latte? Cappuccino? Or a straight up espresso shot? Coffee has taken the world by storm in recent years and is now one of the most popular drinks for millions of people. Statistics show that over 166 million 60-kilogram bags of coffee were consumed globally in 2020/21. But is it good for you?

What is coffee?

Most people are familiar with coffee beans. The beans grow inside a casing called a cherry, which grows on a tree. What many people don’t realise is the tree is a flowering tree. Ah nice!

Health benefits

There are many health benefits associated with coffee consumption. The benefits come from the wide array of nutrients packed inside those little beans. Some of the key ingredients of coffee include caffeine, acids, oils, and various other compounds. Health benefits include:

Coffee has anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-fungal, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory


Caffeine in coffee reduces the chances of developing many diseases including

Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease

Kahweol in coffee has been shown to have anti-cancer properties

Polyphenols in coffee help in weight management by increasing resting energy expenditure

It’s not all good…

As with everything when it comes to diet, excessive consumption can lead to adverse effects on the body. Some of the negative side effects of excessive intake include:

• Increased levels of cholesterol and fats in the blood

• Increased blood pressure and heart rate

• Increased levels of anxiety and insomnia (the inability to sleep)

• Digestive issues including diarrhoea and reflux

Where we come in

As with all things diet related, your trusty osteo can provide you with advice and help you to work through any diet-related issues you may be having. We understand the body and its intricate workings. You may come to us for a pain-related problem, but our job is never just about pain. If you’re in pain, but have also been experiencing anxiety, digestive dysfunction and are having trouble sleeping, our thorough questioning process can help to open doors to some of these issues (however, some of these may require a doctor referral… but we can also help with this). We look at every patient as a whole being, so just looking at the muscle that is sore would be doing you a disservice. Diet plays a huge part in the way you function as a human. Coffee being one part of your overall diet.

Here’s a tip… try to balance out your coffee intake with plenty of fresh water throughout the day. Water helps to purify the body. And keep your intake of coffee to moderate levels. Research shows 3-5 cups a day can beneficial for the average adult.

Want tips for a healthy diet? Osteopaths are full of great nutritional advice. Call us today to start a discussion and schedule your appointment!

Now we think it's time for a coffee. Ours order is a flat white… extra shot! What's yours?

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