I have a confession to make; Coffee is my fuel! I take about 4 cups of coffee every day. I have been taking coffee for the last 10 years and my relationship with coffee has been great. Once I take a cup of coffee I often feel energized and I am able to be alert at work. Also, I take a cup of coffee before my afternoon jogs as it keeps me moving and I do not easily tire.
I have realized that taking coffee has several effects on my body such as being alert at work, being energetic when exercising and the general taste of coffee is just good for my mouth!
Like most, I enjoy my coffee hot and when I am on the road travelling, I always plan my stopovers to be next to restaurants that serve hot coffee. I hold most of my business meetings at coffee shops so that I can enjoy a coffee while engaging business partners. While conducting such meetings, I am able to grasp ideas quickly and am lively as I do not like to bore or tire others.
Luckily for me, my workplace allows us to own or carry coffee making machines and this serves me when I need to grab a cup of coffee in the morning and afternoons at work.
These trends make my friends refer to me as the coffee colleague! I enjoy the reference because I know the benefits that coffee has had on my health and general well-being. One of the areas where it has had an effect on my body is on my platelet count.
Coffee’s main component which stimulates human bodies is caffeine and it has an effect on our bodies’ platelets. Blood platelets are cells in the blood that help in stopping bleeding through formation of clots when our body is injured. The brain sends signals to platelets to rush to the injured area so that they prevent blood from oozing thus stopping it. The platelets have the ability come in large numbers and pile up on the injured area until bleeding stops.
A normal human body can have about 200,000 platelets per microlitre of blood but this varies between individuals. When a body has few platelets in the bloodstream, it means that whenever bleeding occurs, the body is likely to lose a lot of blood. Huge loss of blood can cause complications in the heart and general body condition.
Every so often, I get injured by small cuts in the kitchen, garden or being pricked by a piece of wood in the gardens and picnics. I avoid getting cuts and injuries to my body by wearing protective clothing, but it has become almost impossible to avoid some injuries as they might come from the least expected devices and areas.
I work in outdoor areas with different machines and objects and I always take precautions by putting on safety boots. Despite the safety mechanisms I put in place, I will at times get a cut on my body from the least likely source. I am certain that the same thing occurs to many others including you. We cannot completely take out possibilities of getting some little injuries from our normal house chores such as cooking, driving, fixing items in the house or at work.
Increase or Decrease of Platelet Count
Having a low or high platelet count is dangerous and can cause serious complications in human bodies. An optimal count is best for our bodies. A low platelet count leads to internal bleeding and inability to stop bleeding from a cut or nose bleed and it obviously causes a lot of blood loss.
A high platelet count can cause blood clots that will then inhibit the flow of blood via blood vessels to essential organs such as the heart and brain. This could lead to serious illnesses.
My platelet count has always been within the normal range as I take the test every year. I can attribute this to my coffee intake. However, this normal platelet count range started to appear when I started taking coffee.
When I never used to take coffee my platelet counts were low and the doctors advised that I take foods that would increase my platelet count. While they recommended other foods I began to take coffee almost immediately and the test counts increased in my next test.
How is Platelet Count Increased?
Coffee consumption is beneficial. There is a relationship between cardiovascular risks and coffee consumption. In cardiovascular complications (which cause many deaths in America each year), platelet aggregation plays a big role in ensuring that patients get better sooner. A moderate platelet count ensures that blood flows normally within the body and there are no clots or other complications.
I take coffee in moderation and it has been beneficial to my health. I attribute my increased platelet count to the coffee intake. Coffee contains phenolic acids which increase platelets creation in our bodies.
The attribute and quality of caffeine which causes energy and a rush in our bodies helps in platelet aggregation. Platelet aggregation is the speed at which platelets move into an injured area to stop bleeding. It is enhanced by optimal coffee consumption.
In the times when I have gotten bruises and tiny cuts to my body, I have never experienced excess bleeding. Obviously, excess bleeding may be caused by the level of injury that one is experiencing but our platelet count plays a big role in determining the extent of bleeding.
My recent body cut was on my index finger when setting up my friend’s cabin during our monthly camping meeting deep in the woods. It surprised my friend that I did not bleed for more than 30 seconds. Later we joked about it as I shared my experience with coffee and its effect on my platelet count. Surprisingly, he realized that taking coffee had the same effect on him but he had not been aware of it. This was such a fun discovery that we ordered for another round of coffee immediately to celebrate his discovery.