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3 Reasons to Skip Your Morning Coffee - 2nd Week

By Genevieve Cunningham

For so many people a morning cup of coffee is a must-have item. If you don’t get it, it seriously messes up your entire day. You’re tired, run-down, maybe even a little grumpy. True coffee lovers will never give it up, even if stacks and stacks of evidence comes out about its possible negative side-effects. If you’re an on-the-fence coffee drinker, listen up. While a little bit of coffee is unlikely to cause any significant damage, it might be worth leaving behind, especially if you’re already considering it. Take a look at these three reasons to take the plunge and skip your morning cup of joe.

It’s Addictive

You already know this, and if you drink coffee, you’re probably addicted whether you like to admit it or not. Coffee contains plenty of the stimulant caffeine, which is what helps us wake up and gives us energy. But, it’s also incredibly addictive. Once you have the addiction, doing without may mean headaches, trouble concentrating, and poor moods. And of course, if you ever decide to stop completely, you’ll have a battle on your hands to give up your precious drink.

It Irritates the Stomach

Coffee is highly acidic. Some people who drink it can’t handle the digestive irritation. It can cause ulcers, heartburn, and can even stimulate Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Those with these conditions may experience painful cramps, nausea, and diarrhea. While quitting will absolutely help ease the pain, once you develop IBS, you may not ever be able to completely rid yourself of it. So it might be a good idea to think before consuming this common pick-me-up.

It Stains Your Teeth

This may be  superficial reason to stop, but it’s one that frustrates a lot of people. “Coffee teeth” is a thing. If someone has been drinking coffee for years, it’s likely noticeable in their smile. The dark color stains the teeth and over time can make them constantly hold a yellow shade. This may not bother some, while it might be enough for others to give it up. The same day I noticed “coffee teeth” in the mirror was the last day I drank a drop.

If you want to enjoy your morning jolt, have at it. It’s unlikely to seriously damage your body. But, if you’re even mildly concerned about the long-term effects, it’s worth taking a look. There are plenty of alternatives and believe it or not, you can learn to function without it! Do your research and choose wisely to keep your body in the best health.

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