We all love the aroma, taste and buzz from a good cup of coffee. It seems to have several benefits: we get a brief mental lift, the organic coffee beans are rich in antioxidants, and some studies show that moderate consumption can even reduce the risk of diabetes. But did you know that there is a darker side to our favorite brew?
- Caffeine narrows our blood vessels. This means that it inhibits the oxygen delivery to the brain, kidneys, eyes, limbs, and overall tissues. Oxygen is vital to keep our cells alive, burn fuel, eliminate toxins, and produce natural energy. Most importantly to anyone battling cancer: An oxygen rich environment is hostile to cancer–cancer cannot grow or spread where there is lots of oxygen! So, anyone battling this disease should avoid coffee at all costs because it constricts the amount of oxygen in our bodies.
- That wonderful energy kick we all crave comes at a price. When our blood vessels are constricted, the brain triggers a signal to our adrenal glands to start pumping adrenaline. Though we do experience a temporary energy burst from the adrenaline, over time just the opposite can happen: The repeated triggering of the ‘fight or flight’ response can lead to adrenal exhaustion and serious fatigue.
- Have you ever felt really thirsty after drinking coffee? Caffeine is extremely dehydrating. The body considers it a poison so our digestive system will release all available fluid into the intestines to dilute it before it reaches the bloodstream.
- Consuming caffeine together with a carbohydrate-rich diet can cause short term decrease of insulin sensitivity and increase your blood sugar levels.
- Long term caffeine use can raise your blood pressure and increase your risk of osteoporosis.
- When you try and stop, caffeine withdrawals can cause mild to severe withdrawal from 3 – 10 days, proof of how powerful a substance it is. Stay hydrated with lots of water, herbal teas and bone broth to help your body cleanse. Contrary to belief, strongly brewed chamomile tea is actually a mild stimulant– give it a try!
Once you are free of the habit, it’s possible to use coffee occasionally. But, staying aware of the downside, getting enough rest, eating nutritious food, taking a good vitamin B complex supplement, and doing regular exercise are the healthiest approaches for long term sustainable energy and living Healed, Healthy and Whole!