Is Coffee bad for you?
So you love a cup of coffee in the morning to get you going for the day.
Is coffee bad for you and your health?
The evidence suggests no and that it can actually be helpful in improving our overall health and brain function.
Here’s a couple of reasons why coffee is awesome and why it isn’t as evil as it’s sometimes made out to be-
- Coffee may actually make you smarter! Caffeine actually increases the firing of neurons in the brain and the release of important mood enhancing neurotransmitters like dopamine.
- Caffeine also raises your metabolism and increases the bio availability of fatty acids in the blood to be used as fuel. Coffee was found to increase physical performance by on average 12%.
- Drinking coffee is associated with a drastically reduced risk of type II diabetes by up to 65%.
- Coffee actually protects your brain in our later years from dementia and Alzheimer’s disease with a 60% lower risk directly associated.
- Coffee isn’t just black water and actually has a decent amount of nutrients such as Vitamin B5, B2, B1, Potassium and Manganese. It also contains a lot of antioxidants.
So there are some pretty good reasons to get your morning brew on based on the above BUT let’s not forget that the quality of your coffee is going to have an impact on how beneficial it is for you.
After all, coffee is actually one of the most heavily sprayed crops in the world making it potentially one of the most hazardous if you don’t choose organic which pretty much null and voids all of the above possible benefits!
Whilst you’re at it, make it fair trade as well which Hugh Jackman agrees is the only way to consume coffee.
There is no sense in choosing organic when you are contributing to world poverty. Farmers can earn as little as 3 cents from a $3 cup of coffee so always choose consciously.
What you add to your coffee is the villain, not the coffee itself. Skip the sugar guys.
Remember, not every ones body works the same and if you are highly stressed, have adrenal fatigue, reflux or high acidity, it’s probably best you give it a miss or definitely limit your intake to no more than one a day.
It’s also important to make sure that you don’t drink it on an empty stomach. Starting our day with warm water and lemon or some apple cider vinegar to kick start our digestive system followed up with some nourishment is best. Save your coffee for later in the morning.
There is no question that coffee doesn’t encourage an alkaline environment and for compromised, dehydrated systems or those that are not eating a lot of vegetables, this can be a significant problem.
If on the other hand, you are eating a diet rich in alkaline foods, drinking plenty of water and limiting your exposure where possible to toxicity, you’ll be ok. As with absolutely everything acidic, consume in moderation and consume wisely. If you are having heart palpitations…it’s not for you and maybe a cup of green tea or adaptogen mushrooms such as Chaga would be a better option :)