In a normal cup of coffee there is about 170 mg of caffeine and in decaffeinated coffee there is about 30/40 mg of caffeine.
On the stock market, coffee is a $90 billion industry, but what’s significant is that in North America alone, more than 85% drink 3-5 cups of coffee per day. A large number of people are at risk for many of the problems associated with coffee consumption.
Top 10 reasons why you should consider switching to “healthy coffee”
Top 10 Caffeine-Related Health Problems
Caffeine increases heart rate, raises blood pressure, and can contribute to the development of heart disease. Both decaf and regular coffee increase cholesterol and homocysteine, the biochemical that science has linked to an increased risk of heart attack. Caffeine is also linked to coronary vasospasms, the cause of 20% of all fatal heart attacks that kill perfectly healthy people.
Caffeine stimulates the excretion of stress hormones that can lead to increased levels of anxiety, irritability, muscle tension and pain, indigestion, insomnia, and decreased immunity. The increased stress levels caused by caffeine can prevent you from being able to respond in healthy ways to the normal daily stress that everyone is subjected to in their lives.
Anxiety and irritability are characteristic mood disorders associated with caffeine consumption, but equally important are depression and attention disorders. Depression can occur as part of the comedown after the stimulant effects of caffeine wear off. It can also appear during the recovery period after stopping caffeine as brain chemistry readjusts. Instead of increasing mental activity, caffeine actually decreases blood flow to the brain by up to 30% and negatively affects memory and mental performance.
blood sugar changes
Diabetics and hypoglycemics should avoid caffeine because it stimulates a temporary spike in blood sugar that is then followed by an overproduction of insulin that causes a drop in blood sugar within hours. If you’re trying to lose weight, this roller coaster ride will actually lead to weight gain, since insulin’s message to the body is to store excess sugar as fat.
Many people experience a burning sensation in the stomach after drinking coffee because coffee increases the secretion of hydrochloric acid, which increases the risk of ulcers. Coffee, including decaf, reduces pressure on the valve between the esophagus and stomach so that highly acidic stomach contents pass into the esophagus, causing heartburn and gastroesophageal reflux disease. With the high consumption of coffee in the United States, it is not surprising that the best-selling over-the-counter medications are called antacids.
Caffeine inhibits the absorption of some nutrients and causes the urinary excretion of calcium, magnesium, potassium, iron and minerals, all essential elements necessary for good health.
male health problems
male health problems
Coffee is an irritant to the urinary tract and bladder. It is also a diuretic that aggravates conditions associated with frequent urination. Eliminating coffee and caffeine often relieves symptoms associated with frequent urination due to enlarged prostate glands.
Dr. Milton Krisiloff, MD, found that in most cases, men can significantly reduce their risk of prostate and urinary problems by making dietary changes that include eliminating coffee and caffeine.
female health problems
Fibrocystic breast disease, PMS, osteoporosis, infertility problems, miscarriages, low birth weight babies, and menopausal problems such as hot flashes are exacerbated by caffeine consumption. Women taking birth control pills are particularly at risk as they have a reduced ability to detoxify caffeine.
Caffeine consumption leads to eventual adrenal exhaustion that can leave you vulnerable to a variety of health disorders related to inflammation, autoimmunity, and fatigue.
Many people in their forties find that they can no longer tolerate the same level of caffeine consumption that they could in their twenties and thirties. The production of DHEA, melatonin, and other vital hormones begins to decline, and caffeine accelerates that downward slide. Caffeine dehydrates the body and contributes to skin and kidney aging. It has been shown to inhibit DNA repair and slow down the liver’s ability to detoxify foreign toxins.
exhausted adrenal glands
Caffeine is a central nervous system stimulant. It causes your adrenal glands to secrete adrenaline, the hormone your body relies on in emergency situations to raise your heart rate, increase breathing, and blood pressure for a quick fight-or-flight response. When you abuse stimulants, your adrenal glands become depleted. If your sensitivity to caffeine has subsided or you’re one of those who claim they can take 3 shots of espresso and go to sleep, guess what? Your adrenals have stopped responding. This means it has less resistance to stress, leaving it vulnerable to health hazards such as environmental pollutants and disease pathogens.
Severe blood sugar swings
Caffeine forces the liver to release glycogen into the bloodstream. The pancreas responds to the sudden rise in blood sugar by releasing insulin, the hormone that causes excess carbohydrates to be stored as fat. Within an hour or two, the result is a sharp drop in blood sugar resulting in a state of hypoglycemia (low blood sugar). That’s when you think it’s time for another cup of coffee and the whole cycle starts all over again.
More than 208 acids in coffee can contribute to indigestion and a wide variety of health problems that result from excess acidity associated with arthritic, rheumatic, and skin irritations. Many people experience a burning sensation in the stomach after drinking coffee because coffee increases acid secretion in the stomach. Optimal health demands an alkaline pH balance in the body.
Depletion of essential minerals
Coffee inhibits the absorption of some nutrients and causes the urinary excretion of calcium, magnesium, potassium, iron and trace elements, all essential elements necessary for good health. Women should be concerned about osteoporosis as menopause approaches. Studies show that women who drink coffee have a higher incidence of osteoporosis compared to those who do not drink coffee. Men are also not immune to osteoporosis.
These are a number of health conditions for which doctors advise their patients to eliminate coffee and all caffeine from their diet.
Anxiety, irritability and nervousness
Candida or yeast problems
Colitis, diverticulitis, diarrhea and other symptoms of irritable bowel
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and other autoimmune disorders
Diabetes or hypoglycemia (low blood sugar)
Dizziness, Meniere’s syndrome, or tinnitus (ringing in the ears)
Taste (elevated uric acid levels)
Heart disease or heart palpitations
high blood pressure
Insomnia and interrupted or poor quality sleep.
Liver disease and gallbladder problems, such as gallstones
Kidney or bladder problems, including kidney stones
Migraines or other vascular headaches
Skin irritation, rashes and dryness
Ulcers, heartburn, and stomach problems such as hiatal hernias
urinary tract irritation
IS THERE A HEALTHY COFFEE, BECAUSE I LIKE MY COFFEE?!?
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