Many people have a love love relationship with coffee, and to suggest cutting the stuff out of your diet is often met with expletives and furor. I agree that there is something seductively good about drinking a perfectly brewed cup of coffee, but unfortunately our bodies’ don’t share the love affair. Too much coffee can create wired yet exhausted, jittery and anxious, sleep deprived beings.
There are many health claims that suggest regular coffee ingestion decreases your susceptibility to type II diabetes, certain cancers, Parkinson’s disease and dementia. However there are equally as many statistics suggesting the side effects outweigh the supposed benefits of consuming coffee regularly throughout the day. Coffee gives you the perfect energy you need trough out the day specially when you workout, If you like to exercise I recommend you read about waist training benefits you will be surprise.
With so many conflicting articles, it’s difficult to figure out what to believe. Hopefully this blog can make things a little easier for you to choose the best options for you and your body, everyday.
Coffee is extremely acidic, sitting at about ph4. Our bodies function optimally between pH 7.3 – 7.45 which is alkaline. Death can occur if our bodies reach acidosis of 7.0. Whilst our bodies have an amazing capacity to self regulate pH levels with the help of fabulous mechanisms including buffers, and renal and respiratory regulators, one way the buffers balance pH is to pull calcium from teeth and bones making us more susceptible to osteoporosis, other calcium displacement issues and acidosis.
Coffee is one of the most heavily sprayed crops on earth. Unfortunately many international growers have reverted back to non-organic coffee bean farming practices due to increased costs and lower yields. Many chemicals and pesticides used by farmers are fat-soluble which means our livers have a hard time breaking them down to be excreted by the body. The result is many of those harmful chemicals are stored in our fat cells as a protective mechanism. Is all that non-organic pesticide laden coffee contributing to the reason we are all getting fatter, as well as contributing to myriad chronic health concerns that plague our population?
Coffee and caffeine place enormous load on many necessary pathways that allow our bodies to function properly.
1. Caffeine stimulates adrenaline, which is our stress hormone. Adrenaline is ideally used in acute situations, and is not designed for sustained stimulus and release. The long term result is adrenal exhaustion.
2. When your adrenal glands no longer function properly, you body searches for a replacement hormone – progesterone (yes men have this hormone too). Progesterone and oestrogen work in unison however if progesterone is being utilised in other areas, our bodies become oestrogen dominant. In women oestrogen dominant symptoms include weight gain and terrible monthly cycles.
3. Caffeine also interferes with Insulin sensitivity making it difficult for cells to regulate blood sugar.
4. Serotonin (the happy hormone), levels in urine are elevated in coffee drinkers indicating possible lower serotonin synthesis in the brain. Serotonin is necessary for great sleep, mood and energy levels. Caffeine can disrupt sleep and increase depressive and anxiety tendencies. Do you wake between 2 and 3am every night? According to TCM that’s your liver working overtime trying to process all that excess metabolic load.
Vitamin and Mineral Deficiency.
Coffee interferes with your bodies’ ability to absorb folate, and many B vitamins, and can diminish the bodies’ ability to absorb iron by up to 50%. Whilst absorption of key nutrients is problematic, coffee also increases the excretion of calcium, magnesium and potassium, all essential nutrients required daily for optimal health.
What to do? I don’t advocate removing coffee completely overnight because the withdrawal can be similar to withdrawing from other highly addictive drugs. However I do recommend you stop drinking coffee from midday, starting today. I also suggest organic coffee for obvious reasons. Pesticides and chemicals on our foods are largely ignored but in my humble opinion are massively contributing to our populations overall lack of health and vitality.
A great alternative to coffee is green or white tea. They both contain caffeine but in a less acidic form. (Read my blog ‘caffeine in coffee vs. tea’ for more information) Green and white tea still provides an alert and energised feeling, but in a slower, more sustained way.
Another great alternative are Isagenix E+Shots. They contain natural, alkaline forming caffeine delivering an amazing alert buzz, without all the negative effects for your body. I love an E+Shots before a workout as they give me a shot of energy when I need it the most. Best of all the alert, energised buzz lasts all day without making me feel wired or jittery. Send me a message if you want to know more.
Suzie Taylor has been involved in the health and wellness industry for over 20 years and follows the mantras ‘fresh is best’ and ‘moderation is key’. “I would love to read your comments below, let me know if you related to this blog post or not, and if you will change your coffee habits, even if it’s only just a little. Every little thing helps and contributes to the bigger picture of creating a healthier you.”