My name is Rose, and I have an addiction — coffee.

While I truly enjoy my morning cup of Joe, it’s also a necessity. When I wake up, the first thing I do is turn on the coffee pot.

Sometimes I’ll even get back in bed until I hear it’s finished brewing.

When we travel to my mother-in-law’s house for a visit, she doesn’t own a coffee pot. In the morning, my sweet husband understands my pain and heads straight out to find coffee for me. I’m very spoiled.

After lunch, as I work at my desk, my mind will begin to wander, and I quickly find myself dreaming about a cup of coffee to help me get through the afternoon.

In the summertime, nothing is more refreshing than iced coffee.

But satisfying this craving always leaves me feeling guilty.

I’ve always heard coffee and caffeinated drinks can dehydrate your body, and every time I pull out of the coffee shop parking lot I tell myself I have to drink twice as much water once the coffee is gone.

I’ve tried switching to tea in the afternoons, but it just doesn’t pack the punch I’m looking for. It’s not just the flavor of coffee I love. It’s the smell. Each time I get a whiff from the steaming cup on my desk, it makes me happy. I find it very comforting.

Judging by the afternoon lines at Starbucks, it’s obvious I’m not alone.

I decided to do some research on coffee to either scare away my addiction with dangerous health information, or reassure myself it’s not so bad.

The results?

Well, it’s pretty mixed.

I learned there isn’t really any research to back up the claim on dehydration.

The diuretic affects of caffeine are not significant enough to worry about.

In other words, I’d have to drink seven cups of coffee a day to start seeing the effects of dehydration.

While I drink a lot of coffee, I don’t think I’ve hit the seven-cup mark just yet. And I do try to drink water between cups.

Regardless, doctors still advise that large amounts of caffeine are not such a great idea.

Caffeine can make you jittery, sleepless and anxious.

In some people it can even cause a short, intense spike in blood pressure — something I know I need to be keeping an eye on.

So after reading up, I don’t feel quite so guilty about my coffee addiction.

But I am going to try to not just drink extra caffeine for no reason.

After all, too much of anything can become a problem.

Contact Rose L. Thayer at rthayer@kdhnews.com or (254) 501-7463. Follow her on Twitter at KDHmilitary.

Rose L. Thayer is the military editor for the Killeen Daily Herald. She joined the paper in February 2011 as a health and military reporter. View her complete profile Here.

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Viktor
Viktor

Coffee is a wonderful addiction to have. I travel frequently & have mine flown in when I can't get at a particular destination. Coffee=nirvana.

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