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Renting your Coffee

Updated on February 3, 2011

The Best Part of Waking Up....

The alarm is ringing. You smack it with hopes of another 5 minutes of snoozing. Yet, you really don’t have the time. You must get your lazy butt out of bed and start the day. Although you hate getting out of bed, the thought of a fresh pot of brewed coffee makes it all the better. It is like a dash of sunshine in a dark world. It is the popsicle on a hot day. It is the cool breeze that pushes you from behind when you go for a run.

Okay, so maybe I am being a little melodramatic here. What can I say, I love coffee. Every morning when I get out of bed, coffee is the first thing on my mind. I have my favorite cup; I have my favorite creamer; I even have my favorite spot to sit and drink the coffee. In fact, I am almost positive that I will be unable to start my day if I don’t have my cup of joe! It brings a tear of joy to my eye and a smile to my face.

I am pretty sure there are other coffee drinkers out there agreeing with me right now. In fact, they are actually drooling over the thought of a nice hot cup of coffee right now. Because of that, we probably need to take a small break to go refresh our cup.

Now that you have your coffee ready... let's get to the point!
Now that you have your coffee ready... let's get to the point!

Breaks over...

So now that you are back from your break, I am going to try to get on with my point before you must excuse yourself again to either use the bathroom or fill up another cup of coffee. Have you ever noticed drinking a cup of coffee seems to have you using the bathroom frequently throughout the day?

While I have drank my fair share of coffee, it seems to it make the bathroom my destination of choice. Even with only a quarter of a cup out of the way, I find I must pee again and again… and again in another five minutes. While this is irritating, it isn’t nearly irritating enough to get me to stop drinking coffee all together. However, it does make me wonder why coffee always makes us have to pee.

Now it is common knowledge that caffeine is a diuretic and a stimulant. And coffee, well, has a ton of caffeine in it. (At least the coffee I make!) This being said, caffeine has two major effects on your body.

First off, caffeine is a stimulant. That means it will bring up your heart rate, cause your blood vessels to dilate, and will probably give you energy… and lots of it… which might be why people get jittery when drinking a lot of coffee.

It is also a diuretic. This causes your kidneys to put more water into the urine than normal, causing your bladder to fill faster. In addition, diuretics also slow the body’s release of ADH, “anti diuretic hormone.” ADH tells the body that you don’t have to pee. The purpose of the ADH is to conserve body water by regulating the amount lost through urine. It is pretty much the “green” hormone in your body, not allowing your own body to be wasteful.

These two aspects of caffeine can make for a jittery, nervous and peeing person. Does that sound like the person that you want to be? Before it even hits noon, you have probably already emptied your bladder at least a dozen times. Yet, don’t be sad. It doesn’t mean you have to give up your coffee. After all, caffeine does have some good effects on the body.

Caffeine can help alleviate your headaches and it can also increase your sense of well-being and your mood. It will literally make you a happy, headache free person because not only does it restrict blood vessels (which will decrease blood flow to your head), but it also increases the levels of dopamine in your brain. This controls our pleasure.

So, the next time you are enjoying a nice big cup of coffee (or maybe you are running to the bathroom for the umpteenth time), you can truly understand the effects both coffee and caffeine has on your system. Whether it is good or bad for you is irrelevant. Knowing that the cup of coffee will dehydrate you and make you jittery is nothing to lose sleep over (unless you have finished off a couple pots yourself), especially when you know that it will put a smile on your face!

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      jimmy 6 years ago

      Bustelo, cafe cubano , my poison!

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      mothercristina 6 years ago

      I'm not a coffee lover, but I like your writing style. Good hub.

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      neeleshkulkarni 6 years ago from new delhi

      in between trips to the pee room, yes, i like the hub which i read between sips form my morning half liter cup/mug of coffee.

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      Genna East 6 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      As a former caffeine "addict" who switched to decaf two years ago, I found this article to be excellent. Thank you!

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      Adam 6 years ago from Tennessee

      Coffee accelerates my heart beat. It makes me nervous and also makes me want to punch something until I break my hand. But I have a headache right now, so maybe I'll fix some coffee and see if it goes away. I already tried asprin, that didn't work. So I'll try coffee, and if that doesn't work, I'll just go old school and knock it out with some whiskey. Alcohol is probabaly a diuretic, too. And something else that can put a smile on your face. :)

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      Stacy Harris 6 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      Good luck with your headache... I hope the coffee makes it go away. As for the alchohol, I might need to research the effects of that. As far as my memory goes, alcohol usually results in a headache... at least in the 24 hours or so after my initial meeting! ;)

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      MP50 5 years ago

      Zoega Swedish coffee has to be the best coffee I have ever tasted. Great article thanks for sharing voted up and SS.

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      Stacy Harris 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      @MP50 - I have never tried that kind of coffee. I am going to have to look into it. Thanks for stopping by!

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hahaha! This was funny! Now I know why you have that smile on your face in your avatar picture! Must have been taken before (or maybe after?) the bathroom trip! Ah yes...coffee is good. I'm also drinking more tea these days...another diuretic. Between that and water...guess you know where I hang out! :)

      Voted up and funny. Will also share so that others can get a smile on their faces while they are dreaming of their next cup of coffee.

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      Barry Rutherford 5 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Love Coffee. Love tea. and love your article. Voted up!

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      Tammy Barnette 5 years ago

      That was cool and very funny although quite educational. My doctor is stumped by why I pee so much, guess I should have told him I'm a coffee freak,lol. I try to follow my coffee with water, so as not to dehydrate, same works with alcohol as well BTW. Great hub:)

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      brandrocker 5 years ago

      I prefer tea to coffee. But I like coffee too. And the hub is well written. I get to learn a lot of new stuff. Thanks.

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      Dink96 5 years ago from Phoenix, AZ

      Great hub on one of my favorite subjects! Coffee, coffee, coffee!!! I start my day with a "half-caf" mix at home then have about 2 cups of regular coffee at the office. The real trick is trying to drink my water throughout the day. Thanks for an informative and entertaining hub!

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      Barbara Bethard 5 years ago from Tucson, Az

      wonderful hub and oh my I love my coffe too!all nurses have to you know

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      shea duane 5 years ago from new jersey

      coffee is one of the great pleasures of my day! great hub.

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      Stacy Harris 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      @Peggy W - Ah yes you are very correct as in every picture I have taken of me is usually taken sometime in between bathroom trips! ;) I really try to avoid the embarrasing in the bathroom photos so it is really my only opition. Glad to see someone else can relate. For awhile I thought I was the only person who felt my second home was in the bathroom! Darn coffee - but I still love it!

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      Stacy Harris 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      @barry - Thank you so much. Glad you enjoyed this! :)

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      Stacy Harris 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      @Tammy - Wow coffee and then a glass of water... I am think you - like me - just need to set up camp! Yeah - that might have certainly let your doctor know why you are always in the bathroom. But think of it this way - at least your not dehydrating! :)

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      Stacy Harris 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      @brandrocker - I am glad you learned a few things here. I really like my coffee and I am just starting to like tea! Cheers! :)

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      Stacy Harris 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      @Dink - I think my favorite part of coffee is the creamers... flavored creamers a plenty. Although recently I was at my mom and dad's house. They don't have creamers because they drink their coffee black. But, they get their coffee flavored. I think I might be in for a new investment. Now if only I could stop drinking a pot a day! :)

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      Stacy Harris 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      @RNMSN - I can only imagine... long hours and lots of work. YOu need the caffeinee. Glad you enjoyed this hub! :)

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      Stacy Harris 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      @Shea - Mine too... nothing seems to go right if I don't have my coffee in the morning. Now - I don't even try to do anything without my coffee first! :)

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      iamaudraleigh 5 years ago

      Dominic San Juan is a hottie...never quite seen that jingle performed that way before...interesting intro...lol!

      Great hub this morning! Now I need a cup...lol!

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      Stacy Harris 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      @iamaudraleigh - Ahhh... I had to watch it again... I love that video. I think it was one of those where they were trying to change the video... I just happened across it! Great - it's late and now I need a cup again. I should only read this hub in the mornings! :)

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Great hub!!

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      Stacy Harris 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      @AudreyHowitt - Thank you - It is definately a thought provoker! :)

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