A latte, cappuccino, long black or what ‘wakes you up’ in the morning may be how you best know your coffee, but is it good or bad for you? How does it impact your health? Bondi Beauty takes a closer look.
By Nutrition Expert, Lolita Walters
It is a drink brewed from the roasted seeds extracted from the berries that grow on evergreen shrubs and small trees of the genus Coffea. First cultivated in southern Arabia. Coffee drinking is believed to have began in the mid 15th century and today is one of the most popular beverages around the globe.
While recent studies from Harvard suggest that regular drinkers are not lowering their mortality by downing up to six cups of coffee a day, this doesn’t mean it isn’t jeopardising your quality of health in other ways.
Coffee is very acidic, meaning it exhausts beneficial alkaline minerals in your body that are needed for optimum health. Since it is a stimulant, the adrenals get overworked as they are constantly being stimulated by the effects of the drug caffeine. Drinking a cup of coffee will initiate uncontrolled neuron firing in your brain, according to Stephen Cherniske in his book, Caffeine Blues. This triggers the pituitary gland to secrete a hormone that in turn leads to the adrenal glands producing excess adrenalin – the ‘flight or fight’ hormone. That is why coffee consumers get that rush, however once the artificial high wears off, exhaustion follows with a low slump.
This results in unstable energy levels and often leaves the consumer reaching for a second cup or a sugary alternative to pick up their energy again. The constant artificial stimulation can at worst lead to adrenal exhaustion as the body builds up a tolerance to the effects of coffee, just as Ralph T. Golan, ND says, ‘Some people reach the point of drinking half a dozen or more cups of coffee to get the same result and it’s barely keeping them awake. That’s severe adrenal depletion.’ More and more must be consumed and this keeps forcing the adrenals to secrete when they have all but a drop left to give. This can cause fatigue, mood swings, anxiety, sleep problems, irritability and depression.
‘But I love my coffee!’ you are most probably crying. Well, it’s not all dark and gloomy news. Firstly, coffee contains more than just the caffeine it’s famous for. It is also high in antioxidants that help protect the body from free radicals. In many cultures, sharing coffee is a social activity too, which is positive for our happiness! Other research suggests that consuming coffee may help prevent against Alzheimer’s Disease, dementia, and lower the risk or certain cancers, however further studies need to be done in these areas. If you want to continue drinking coffee, the key is certainly quality and moderation. You don’t need to give up coffee to be healthy, you just need to be mindful in the way you drink it.
If you suffer from any of the following, it is best to avoid drinking coffee as it can exacerbate or contribute to them: anxiety, insomnia, high blood pressure problems, malnutrition, fatigue, digestive upsets and other emotional disorders.
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