There’s a Starbucks popping up on every corner. Coffee lovers everywhere rejoice. There’s nothing more comforting than a warm cup of coffee first thing in the morning. It gives you the boost you need for the day and feels just so comfy. All of those things are great but coffee is not doing a body good and it’s not for everyone. Some people are more sensitive than others and need to kick the habit faster but be careful since long term use can cause some issues in the body. Everything in moderation brings balance but long term coffee habits can have a detrimental effect on the body.
- Blocks nutrient absorption
- Dehydrates the body
- Irritates the intestines
- There are healthier choices
Anemia, a condition in which the body has a lack of red blood cells is caused by iron deficiency. Caffeine found in things like coffee, teas, chocolate, and colas inhibit the absorption of iron from foods. There’s an abundant amount of foods that have a good source of iron but a coffee habit will give the body a hard time of absorbing iron and other nutrients.
Here’s the issue, if you don’t drink enough water already, coffee will not help the situation. Coffee is a mild diuretic causing the body to urinate more frequently. So unless you’re on top of your water consumption, coffee will make you lose water faster. If you drink more than one cup a day, then you should walk around with a gallon of water to make sure you are replacing the water lost and stay hydrated. Try cutting back on coffee and increase water consumption. You may find that the increase of water intake will help with fatigue, and you may not need the coffee after all.
People with acid reflux, or symptomatic gallstones should avoid coffee because it stimulates gallbladder contraction, and colonic motor activity. It may cause heartburn, and causes the body to over produce hydrochloric acid in the stomach. Not harmful right away but over a long period of time, the body will begin to stop making so much hydrochloric acid causing the body to have digestive issues. It’s better to keep an alkaline ph. The caffeine may not be the problem as certain enzymes in the coffee bean may be what causes the upset. Whether it’s decaf or not, coffee will irritate those with gastro -intestinal upsets, or it may create gastrointestinal upsets in long time users.
Many don’t realize just how addicted they really are. Just try to cut out coffee for 24 hrs. and the withdrawal symptoms will surely appear. Symptoms like headaches, moodiness, sluggishness, fatigue, and even constipation. The elevated cortisol levels may be what people are most addicted to. Adrenaline junkies are addicted to “the rush” felt during a dangerous activity. This flight or fight response should not be on all the time. The body needs this trigger to protect us from danger and helps us to respond to the situation quickly. The jittery feeling mistaken for “energy” is really anxiety and stress. People are addicted to stress. These stress hormones that are released can inhibit poor digestion and can create flatulence.
Coffee is delicious and is enjoyed by many around the world but there are other beverages just as delicious and have health benefits to them. Roasted Dandelion root tea is one example. It’s bitter taste is similar to coffee but a better alternative since it’s a liver tonic, it regulates bowel movements, its high in antioxidants, helps with weight control, and maintains optimum function of the kidney, pancreas, spleen, stomach and gallbladder. It has an abundant amount of minerals and vitamins A, C D, E, & B complex, calcium, potassium, magnesium, iron, zinc, manganese, copper, and boron. Start by weaning from the coffee habit and cut yourself down to 1 cup a day, to eventually replace your coffee habit with roasted Dandelion root tea and enjoy the benefits.