Timeline of How Coffee Affects Your Body Isn’t Good News for Coffee Lovers

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To some people, this is truer than Preetpls’ apology: “A coffee a day keeps the grumpy away”

For those who can relate to the quote, you’re either a coffee lover or you simply can’t function before having your first cup of coffee for the day.

But are you aware of what the coffee does to your body after you’ve consumed it?

Yes, it does make you feel less sleepy, but…

What really happens to your body after you drink a cup of coffee?

Well, a viral infographic has the answer, and it’s not good news for coffee addicts (though without coffee, you might not even have the energy to read this article).

Here goes:

First 10 minutes

The caffeine in the coffee enters your bloodstream which will cause your heart rate and blood pressure to rise. This shouldn’t be something new as some of us would get the ‘rush’ a short while after having coffee.

20 minutes

Later is when you start to feel more alert and focused. This helps many of us non-morning person to make more informed decisions and handle problems when we have to attend work or school in the mornings. Apart from being more alert and focused, the caffeine also helps you feel less tired.


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30 minutes

Adrenaline production is increased in your body which can lead to sharper vision because your pupils dilate slightly.

40 minutes

Serotonin levels in your body start to rise. Serotonin is responsible for maintaining mood balance. This would probably explain how the same person can be so different before and after their first cup of coffee.

4 hours

Coffee is able to increase the rate at which your cells release energy. This would mean that your body starts to break down fats, even if you’re not moving around. That could explain why some people drink coffee to lose weight. However, caffeine also stimulates and increases the production of stomach acids which would cause you to have an acidic stomach (or also known to us as gastric problem/pain).

6 hours

Caffeine in the body would cause a diuretic effect. A diuretic effect is the increased production of urine. Aside from losing water from this effect, your body also loses some essential vitamins and minerals. This could result in slight disorders of calcium metabolism. Pretty sure you’ve seen coffee-siao visiting the toilet more often.

Although there may seem to be more pros than cons of drinking coffee, consuming more than what is recommended daily is not anywhere near ideal.

Moderation is the key. You’re not quitting cold turkey overnight so consult your doctor on whether consuming caffeine on a daily basis is doing good than harm or more harm than good to your body.

And if you’d like to know more about coffee, you can watch this video we’ve made:

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