3 facts to know about your morning coffee

For many mums, that first cup of morning coffee is absolutely necessary in order to function as a human being. But it’s so easy to just drink it every day without really knowing exactly what it’s doing to your body.
hat’s not to say it is bad for you as such, but rather that it does have both positive and negative effects on your body. Sleep deprivation and tiredness in general isn’t just for mothers of newborns – we all experience it.

1. Coffee can help wake you up

It’s important not to overdo it though, as many people suffer from stomach upset, headaches or the shakes if they ingest too much caffeine.

2. Coffee can be hard to give up

If you’ve ever decided to go cold turkey and give up coffee, you’ll know how hard it can be. Withdrawals include feelings of nausea, crankiness, headaches, tiredness and general irritability.

This is because your body has become used to the stimulant and almost ‘needs’ it to function. Take note of how you feel when you don’t have a coffee – this is a good indicator of whether you might be addicted and need to reduce your intake.

3. Coffee can strip you of other nutrients

Drinking coffee can actually make it difficult for your body to absorb certain nutrients. For instance, if you normally drink your morning coffee at the same time as eating your breakfast, it can cause trouble with iron absorption.

Iron is so important for women, especially when breastfeeding or pregnant, so it’s a good idea to drink your coffee after your breakfast if you can.