It’s a good question. And it’s smart to take a look at the good, bad and ugly facts about coffee.
The Bad and Ugly Side of Caffeine
The primary reason many people drink coffee in the morning is for the caffeine ‘hit’ they get from it. Caffeine is a drug like any other and comes with a long list of side effects. Have you ever tried not having your coffee in the morning? Yeah, pass the Excedrin, right? Try and kick this habit and the headache that results can be brutal. So, creating a dependency and addiction like this is harmful to the body.
Second, coffee is extremely acidic. Our bodies function best at slightly more alkaline levels. This is the opposite of acidic. It is best for us to greatly reduce any foods that will drive our body’s pH to be more acidic and eat more foods that are alkaline (like fruits and veggies). An acidic body pH is like a magnet for all kinds of illnesses. Also, an alkaline body has a much stronger immune system, making illness much less likely.
And finally, the caffeine in coffee and tea is abusing your adrenal glands. Your adrenals release your fight or flight’ hormones basically giving you a nice “boost” when needed. So drinking coffee all day is giving your adrenals and steady beating. It’s the equivalent of whipping an exhausted and tired horse. Eventually he won’t move at all.
The Good Side of Caffeine
Coffee tastes yummy and makes me feel great in the morning. Surprised? What… like that isn’t a good enough reason to drink it?
Many studies have shown that coffee can help in the prevention and treatment of diseases and illnesses as varied as Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes, liver disease, skin cancer, Parkinsons’s disease and more.
Although coffee would be the cure to any of these diseases, many ancient cultures did rely on the coffee bean to cure a long list of ailments. Not to mention, small doses of caffeine can increase performance and mental focus.
Green tea is also a great drink to include with a long list of benefits. If nothing else, green tea is a wonderful source of antioxidants which are important in cancer prevention. Green tea has even been found to raise metabolism and aid in fat burning. Before you go take a green tea bath, its effects are really minor when compared to the effects of a healthy eating plan.
What is a coffee and tea drinker to do?
1. Limit your coffee and regular tea intake to two 8 oz cups per day. No, not 2 of each, 2 total. Any more than that is considered a heavy addiction.
2. If you are currently dependent on a lot of caffeine each day, replace 1 or 2 cups of coffee with green tea instead. Green tea has much less caffeine than coffee and will help combat the ugly withdrawal symptoms.
3. Don’t jack up your coffee with sugar, milk, syrup and whip cream. Yep, you forget Starbucks. Use stevia to sweeten and avoid all the empty, harmful calories. A teaspoon of half and half won’t hurt either.
NOTE: Please (oh please) do not use any of those flavored creamers. They are closer to someone’s chemistry experiment than they are to real food.
4. Make sure to make your food choices support a healthy eating plan. Lighten the acid load on your body by avoiding acidic foods like sugar, artificial sweeteners and processed foods.
5. Make sure the coffee you drink is organic. Conventional coffee is filled with pesticides and chemicals and should be avoided at all costs.
There is no need to give up your morning coffee. But it is important to drink the right types of coffee. Have your coffee without the added unhealthy extras and, as with most things, do it in moderation.
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