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Addicted to coffee? Here is how you could be unknowingly sabotaging your system

There are millions of people around the world who start their day with a cup of coffee. But drinking too much coffee can cause more damage than you realise. Here are some adverse effects coffee may have on you, if you consume it more than your body n

Exercise & Fitness By Onlymyhealth Staff Writer / May 22, 2018

It can interfere with the absorption of iron

Drinking too much coffee can interfere with the way your kidney and stomach absorb iron, magnesium and other essential minerals from the food you consume.  Deficiency of magnesium can affect your bowel movements and a poor absorption of this element can make things worse for your stomach. Images source: Shutterstock

It can give you a long term stenchy breath

For those of you who have never realised, coffee has a dehydration effect and may even cause a dry mouth.  As a result, the mucosal cells, which live for around 3 days before they get washed away when they die, could not get flushed out on time, which leaves you with a stinky smell. The more coffee you drink, the more the cells hang around and decay. Images source: Shutterstock

It may interfere with the absorption of food

Although a cuppa first thing in the morning is known to stimulate contractions in the bowels to push out the waste quickly but it can also cause the food in your stomach to pass through the small intestines without allowing enough time for the nutrients to get absorbed. Images source: Shutterstock

Coffee on an empty stomach may lead to bloating and pain

Apart from stimulating contractions, intake of coffee on an empty stomach first thing in the morning can enhance the release of digestive juices, such as hydrochloric acid production (HCL), even when there isn’t enough food to be digested. Besides, the gastric acids can then further irritate the lining of your intestine, causing bloating and stomach pain. Images source: Shutterstock

Coffee can contribute to an expanding waistline

If you don't want to expand your waistline or looking forward to reduce some pounds, instead of preparing your coffee with whole milk, go for black coffee as it can save up to at least 160 calories. Images source: Shutterstock

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