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Kids and Coffee Drinking

Yes, the controversial question of when is it ok for a child to drink coffee. You know how it is; you are sitting at the table enjoying your morning coffee when a little head pokes up and asks you if they can have some. Now either you smile and offer a small sip before going on about your day, or you decline politely and tell them when they are older, they can have some.

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Then the day comes when the question is, how old do I have to be to drink coffee? This is an excellent question with many answers. First off, you have to judge how comfortable you feel with giving your child coffee. Then you need to look over the facts and the potential health damages. There are so many different opinions on the matter that over here at Mighty Great Fitness, we wanted to give you some facts and tips about coffee drinking in general, so you can decide when you feel comfortable introducing coffee to your child.

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First things first, we all know that coffee contains caffeine unless you drink noncaffeinated coffee. Caffeine is used for a lot of things like trying to stay awake and helping us focus. This can’t be bad things, right? Yes, they can. When you have to put any supplement in your body to stay awake or focus, it usually means there is an underlying problem that your body lacks, like a vitamin deficiency. As a parent, you are great at watching out for your children and their everyday needs. As an adult, you probably don’t spend enough time ensuring that you get your daily needs, such as proper amounts of sleep, a healthy diet, and exercise.

Here are the upsides of coffee drinking:

Coffee boosts your physical performance.

 Coffee may help you lose weight.

Coffee helps you burn fat.

Coffee helps you focus and stay alert.

Coffee lowers the risk of death, cancers, strokes, and Parkinson’s disease.

Coffee protects your body.

Lastly, coffee helps to brighten your mood and fight depression which lowers the risk of suicide.

Caffeine stimulates the central nervous system and boosts the production of neurotransmitters like serotonin, dopamine, and noradrenaline, which elevate your mood. Two cups of coffee a day prevents the risk of suicide by 50 %.

Here are the downsides of drinking coffee:

Coffee can kill you.

Coffee can cause insomnia and restlessness.

Caffeine affects pregnant women differently.

Here are the facts on kids drinking coffee: 

Coffee may increase bedwetting.

Caffeine can lead to health problems.

Caffeine can affect growth.

Coffee is addictive.

All and all, there are pros and cons to drinking coffee, no matter what age you are. However, children do not reap the benefits that adults do, so the later you start, the better. This is the case with anything that has caffeine in it, such as soda and energy drinks. Our recommendation would be to begin towards the end of adolescence when growth and development are slowing down.

Stay safe and healthy

Amanda Jordan
Author/Weight Loss Coach

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