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What’s the Deal with Coffee?



Just the mention of it and I can smell the sweet aroma awakening me already Coffee is a beloved drink, especially among Americans. Factor in our over scheduled, under slept lives with the delicious taste and stimulating effects and we’ve got a recipe for a real coffee addiction. But many of us are wondering, is coffee really that good for me?


The answer to that question can be both yes and no. As my clients hear me say over and over again, it all comes down to bio-individuality. There can be many reasons why coffee can be doing more harm than good and vice versa, so how do you know whether consuming coffee is the right thing for you?


First, let’s take a look at the pros and cons.


Pros:

1. Coffee can be a source of antioxidants that protect your cells against damage and oxidative stress.

2. Supports cognitive function. Coffee can increase blood flow to your brain and also help protect against Alzheimer’s disease.

3. Protects the liver by stimulating blood flow to this organ and protecting against liver disease progression.

4. Improves physical performance. It may give you a little extra motivation and umph during that morning workout.


Cons:

1. Increase in anxiety and cause jitteriness. Not only during and after consumption but many can have trouble falling and staying asleep.

2. Disrupt digestion. Coffee is known for its laxative effect and can also intensify the symptoms of GERD (heartburn, nausea and belching).

3. Disrupt hormones. Coffee can increase cortisol levels and while cortisol is not always bad and is necessary for balanced health, too much of it can cause a cascade of other issues.

4. A vehicle for added sugar. Depending how you drink your coffee, it may be another source of unnecessary added sugars.


Now that we’ve got some general pros and cons out of the way, let’s talk about how to figure out if it’s right for you. There’s a simple experiment that you can do, not a popular one but an effective one, at getting this answer to the question of whether coffee should be part of your daily routine.


You could take a 1-2 week break from your beloved cup-a-joe, without replacing it with another source of caffeine, and see how you feel. It’s not easy giving up your morning coffee, especially if you’re reliant on it for energy in the morning, but a couple weeks without it could be very telling. Once you’re past the initial detox symptoms (usually around day 3), start to really pay attention to a few things.


1. Your natural energy levels. You may be surprised that you feel more energized without coffee and your energy levels are more stable throughout the day.

2. The quality of your sleep. Are you getting more deep, restorative sleep? Falling asleep easier?

3. Your mood. Feeling less anxious or on edge?

4. Your PMS symptoms (for women only). Coffee has been associated with worsening PMS symptoms and elevated estrogen levels.


After taking into account the changes you notice without coffee, it’s up to you to decide whether or not having it in your daily routine is the right choice for you. Some may not notice anything too drastic to sway them away from their beloved morning drink, while others may decide to make it a special treat or abstain from it completely. As with all things, your unique bio- individuality plays a big role in what works best for you and the more you get familiar with what that means for you, the better chances you have of living a long, high quality life.


Until next time,

Coach Bri

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