For the longest time, I thought that coffee was something that we should be avoiding and it’s really bad for you we should not be taking it. But I was wrong, the other day I accidentally stumbled across a video on coffee and it piqued my curiosity so I watched it and I was intrigued by what the person said about it so I decided to learn more about coffee, specifically about the caffeine in it which I believed was so bad for you. Turns out it is not that bad for you and may even have benefits.
So what does coffee actually do, well as you might know coffee contains caffeine which is the worlds most widely consumed psychoactive drug, blocks one of the neuron transmitters in the brain called adenosine. Adenosine is an inhibitory neuron transmitter and its foremost action is to hose down brain activity. So when coffee blocks adenosine it increases overall neural firing in the brain that increases the activity of other neurotransmitters like dopamine which ultimately stimulates changes in our energy, mood and attention.
Positive impacts of Coffee
- Enhances memory performance
- Improves memory and recall
- Improves mood
- Enhances physical performance
- Improves recovery from exercise
- Contains more antioxidants than green tea and cocoa.
- Coffee drinkers may have a reduced risk of cardiovascular diseases(including heart attack, heart failure, and stroke), type 2 diabetes, Parkinson’s disease, uterine and liver cancer, etc
Negative impacts of coffee
- Can cause insomnia
- Can cause restlessness
- Can cause anxiety
- Can cause jitteriness
- Bad quality coffee can be toxic
- Too much coffee raises stress levels
- Coffee can seriously dehydrate you so for every cup of coffee you should be drinking two cups of water.
- Can suffer from caffeine withdrawal
- Pregnant women should not be having high amounts of caffeine.
So is coffee good or bad for you? There are many more positive and negative impacts of drinking coffee. The ones mentioned above are only a few. All the negative effects of drinking coffee are caused when consumed in high amounts or when the person becomes addicted to it and feels like they cannot go through the day without coffee. At the end of the day, we should remember that caffeine is a drug and we can get addicted to it. But there are many benefits to drinking coffee. So the best strategy would be to not take it regularly or take a week off from coffee every three weeks if you are a daily drinker. This builds your tolerance to caffeine.
In my opinion, I feel like people who do drink coffee can change to decaf coffee. Decaf coffee tastes exactly like normal coffee or at least very similar to the normal coffee and it has no caffeine. Even though it is labeled as “decaf” when people drink the coffee since it tastes exactly like normal coffee they might believe that it doesn’t really make much of a difference, and thanks to the placebo effect they will experience the same benefits they had while they drank normal coffee. In fact, there are people who drink decaf coffee unknowingly and believe that whatever outcome they were looking for from that coffee occurred because they drank “caffeinated” coffee. This is just my opinion.
Cleansing – The first rule is to cleanse every morning and night. At least at night because our skin renews itself when we sleep and we don’t want our skin to work with old dirty cells because if they do we start seeing acne. Not cleansing at night is one of the primary reasons why we get acne. If your a person who wears makeup then at least take off your makeup before you go to sleep. Sleeping with makeup on is so very harmful to our skin.
Exfoliating – The second rule is to exfoliate your skin two times a week preferably at night because that’s when our skin renews itself and any product that you apply to your skin after exfoliation will soak in much deeper into your skin, therefore, increasing its effectiveness. Exfoliating during the morning can irritate your skin due to environmental factors. You don’t necessarily have to buy an exfoliator for this, you can make your own by just adding a teaspoon of sugar into your cleanser. The sugar acts as a physical exfoliant. Brown sugar is a better option to use for this purpose because it acts not only as a physical exfoliant but also as a chemical exfoliant as it contains glycolic acid. Glycolic acid is the holy grail of exfoliation.
Using an antioxidant – Use an antioxidant-rich cream or serum. Antioxidants are vitamins a, b and c. It helps our skin to fight against free radicals. Free radicals are environmental aggressors which are hard on our skin and body. So by using antioxidant-rich products and eating foods rich in antioxidants we prevent free radicals from attacking our body and skin.
Sunscreen – This is so important. Sunscreens act as a shield against the harmful UV rays which penetrate every time your skin is exposed to the sun. Our skin has three layers, the first one is the epidermis, the second one is the dermis and the third one is the hypodermis. UVB(ultraviolet-B rays) are the short high-energy wavelengths that hit the uppermost layer of the epidermis and when this layer is irritated this is what causes the redness and swelling of what appears to be a sunburn. This is what causes freckling, age spots, or any kind of skin pigmentation. UVA (ultraviolet-A) reaches the hypodermis and it affects the DNA of the cells of the dermis. When this is attacked, it causes the wrinkling of your skin, and sagging and also skin cancer is a real thing so we should be using sunscreen even if you are not worried about your skin’s appearance.
Drinking water – This is the most important rule and is not only for your skin. Drinking water helps every part of your body. Water flushes out all the toxins from our body and therefore keeps our skin and body healthy. You can also use hydrating products in the form of toners, serums, or moisturizers. An ingredient to be looking for in hydrating products is hyaluronic acid. I’ve written a whole blog on this acid so check it out.
VITAMIN A / RETINOID
Vitamin A and retinoid is basically the same thing. In the bottom layers of the skin where the cells are produced in the dermis layer, it will regenerate new cells and this will push out the old ones to the surface. Our skin sheds normally after a period of 30 days. What a retinoid does is that it reduces the number of days that takes the skin to shed. For a retinoid, it takes 14-21 days to increase cell turnover. Beginners should first use retinol which can be found in stores, unlike retinoid which has to be prescribed by a dermatologist. Retinol is less stronger than retinoid. Our skin will take time to adapt to the retinol. Retinoid or vitamin a is the strongest of the three vitamins a, b and c. Start using retinol only after the age of 20.
VITAMIN B3 / NIACINAMIDE
Niacinamide is a form of vitamin B3. Vitamin B3 is one of the best forms of B vitamins for your skin. Niacinamide helps support skin clarity, improve the appearance of large pores, tames oiliness, known to support skin hydration, evens out skin tone and promote collagen for firm youthful skin. Niacinamide is a stable ingredient so you don’t have to worry about mixing it with other ingredients. Foods rich in niacinamide are yeast, meat, fish, milk, eggs, green vegetables, beans, and cereal grains, etc.
VITAMIN C / ASCORBIC ACID
Vitamin c helps lighten, tighten and brighten the skin. Vitamin a b and c are all antioxidants. Antioxidants help fight our body and skin from free radicals. Free radicals are environmental aggressors which are hard on the skin and body. Eating vitamin c rich food like citrus fruits can help increase vitamin c in the body and skin. Also, vitamin c boosts your immunity system. In addition to its antioxidant properties, vitamin c regulates the synthesis of the structural protein collagen. Thus increasing collagen helps in the repair of damaged skin. Collagen helps the skin cells to renew and repair themselves, it also helps to keep the skin moist.
Things to remember
Don’t use all these vitamins together. Use one vitamin each day and make sure to wear sunscreen on top. Vitamin c and sunscreen together form a greater protection additive which will completely protect the skin. You get the most out of your sunscreen when you pair it with vitamin c. Niacinamide is a stable ingredient so you don’t have to worry about mixing it with other products but vitamin a and c cannot be used with all kinds of products. Make sure that you research the possibility of any harmful reactions from the products that you use and use it accordingly. Mixing products wrongly can cause really bad effects on your skin.