THE BIG COFFEE DEBATE!
I know I know…coffee is bad for you right? oh wait maybe it’s good for you? hmm… which one? well I got to say that we are all different, made out of different genes and biochemicals so it varies from person to person, literally !!! everyone has a different tolerant, but I got some useful information for you here I believe it will help you understand coffee better before you quit or pick up on it.
Did you know that average american consumes 3 1/2 cup of coffee a day? I know it’s shocking:) my teacher called coffee a drug in a mug:) I personally love my one cup of BulletProof Coffee coffee in the morning, I actually look forward to my mornings because it tastes so good:) but before I talk about my Bulletproof coffee let’s dive into pro’s and con’s of coffee and caffeine and how it affects our health.
Alertness / Mood
Even in relatively low doses of 250 milligrams, caffeine has been shown to stimulate alertness and improve mental performance so some of us can really benefit from coffee.
At 250 milligrams, some report an improved sense of well-being, happiness, energy, alertness, and sociability
Caffeine can help you perform a variety of cognitive tasks such as recognizing visual pattern more quickly.
Caffeine allows athletes to exercise for longer durations without hitting exhaustion. Although the mechanism is not yet known, caffeine affects the utilization of glycogen during workouts. Glycogen is the main fuel for muscles, and once it’s depleted, exhaustion occurs. Caffeine decreases the use of glycogen stores during workouts up to 50%, allowing for longer workouts. I will talk about Glycogen later, It’s an important hormone to know more about.
Reduced Muscle Pain
Caffeine may potentially stimulate the release of B-endorphins and hormones that suppress the sensation of pain or discomfort.
Faster Effects of Medication
Caffeine constricts blood vessels and helps the body absorb medications more quickly, which is why it is added to some pain medications. Also sometimes because of this reason they suggest we don’t take medication with anything else but water.
Coffee contains minerals and antioxidants that help prevent diabetes. Frank Hu, MD, one of the authors of The Harvard Study, theorizes it may be because caffeine stimulates muscles to burn fat and sugar more efficiently.
Antioxidants in caffeine help to stabilize free radicals and stop them from doing damage. If a free radical is formed in a cell and it is not neutralized, it can damage the DNA of the cell.
Caffeine keeps dopamine molecules active, preventing diseases like Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s. Harvard researchers found that men who drink four cups of caffeinated coffee a day are half as likely to develop Parkinson’s disease as those who refrain from consuming caffeinated beverages.
Drinking a moderate amount of caffeine can be therapeutic for people with asthma. Caffeine in the form of coffee may be used to prevent an asthma attack in emergency cases, but is not intended to replace medication and this may not work for everyone.
Approximately 4 cups of coffee or a beverage with equivalent amounts of caffeine can raise blood pressure for many hours. The measured blood pressure levels are associated with increased risk of cardiovascular disease. People with Cardiovascular issues better eliminating coffee or if they can’t than they can try green tea instead. it still has caffeine but not as strong as coffee.
Caffeine consumption in the early morning affects the body until bedtime, amplifying stress levels throughout the day. Caffeine increases stress hormones and elevates one’s perception of stress. Decreasing coffee and caffeinated beverages will help to lower often exaggerated stress reactions. You can always do half decaf half normal and mix it. It will still give you the satisfaction of a full on coffee.
When more than 2 grams of caffeine enters the body, the heart becomes stimulated and blood vessels dilate. Shortly after, blood pressure increases, causing bronchial relaxation in the lungs and increased breathing. These physiological reactions tend to cause irritability, restlessness, insomnia, and agitation. Specially if you have sleep problems again I suggest trying green tea or doing half decaf.
Blood Sugar Swings
Type 2 diabetics should be aware that caffeine may potentially impair insulin’s action, causing a detectable rise in blood sugar levels Approximately 2 to 2.5 cups per day may cause this effect.
Because it is a stimulant, caffeine can cause increased contractions of stomach muscles – possibly causing abdominal pain, diarrhea, and increased bowel movements. Those who have irritable bowel syndrome, Crohn’s disease, or colitis may want to be extra cautious before choosing caffeinated beverages. You can wean off of coffee by trying half decaf half normal coffee and/or switching to green tea and slowly you will not need the caffeine, I don’t suggest cutting off cold turkey because you will probably have withdrawls and headaches etc.
Caffeine inhibits the absorption of some nutrients and causes the urinary excretion of calcium, magnesium, potassium, iron, and trace minerals.
Male Health Problems
Research shows that men can significantly reduce their risk forurinary and prostate problems by making dietary changes, which include eliminating coffee and caffeine.
Female Health Problems
Fibrocystic breast disease, PMS, osteoporosis, infertility problems, miscarriage, low birth weight, and menopausal problems (such as hot flashes) are all exacerbated by caffeine consumption. Women on birth control pills are particularly at risk since they tend to have a decreased ability to detoxify caffeine.
Caffeine tolerance may decrease with age. Production of DHEA, melatonin, and other vital hormones decline with age. Caffeine helps to speed up this process. Caffeine also dehydrates the body, contributes to aging of the skin and kidneys, inhibits DNA repair, and slows the ability of the liver to detoxify foreign toxins.
Caffeine is a stimulant that binds to adenosine receptors in the brain. This leads to a range of complex reactions, which causes an increase of stimulation at the adrenal glands. This can increase vulnerability to a variety of health disorders related to inflammation and fatigue.
Wow, isn’t this something:) well, I use to drink at least 2 – 3 cups a day myself and I usually reached for coffee when I would feel so tired in the mid day. Until I realized I wasn’t sleeping well, when I started sleeping well I had more energy over all and I didn’t crash in the middle of a day, also dehydration plays a major role and if you don’t bring your caffeine consumption down than you will not sleep well, you see how connected they are.
When I’m coaching my clients I will usually hear complaints about sleep issues, coffee consumption and cravings, I see that when we crash we usually go for a quick pick up, a cup of coffee, a cookie or any kind of carbs that will give us the quick fuel instead of looking at the real reason why we crash. I helped so many people get out of this vicious cycle, I can help you too, if you are interested to know what it’s like then fill out my free health history, lets chat and see how I can help you gain new healthy habits to live a fulfilled life with no disruptions.
My next blog I will be writing about How Sleep and Cravings go hand in hand. Look for it here or sign up for my newsletter. Looking forward to connecting with you.:)
Until next time…