One of the most delicious beverages I have ever drank is the delectable coffee. Or latte. Or espresso. It’s all yummy. Sigh. But does yummy come with a price?
I’m sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but … coffee isn’t as wonderful as we wish it was. I know. You’ve read so many times that coffee does so many wonderful things. It’s an enema, it’s good for the colon, it helps us with energy, etc., etc.!
The truth, though, is coffee is not only a stimulant, it also is an acid. An acid that dehydrates you, and kills digestion. This doesn’t include the creamer and the sugar added either!
I can’t recall how many clients I’ve seen, that not only have digestive issues, they also don’t really eat much because of all the coffee they consume. This is by far the toughest habit to break. We’re willing to do anything it takes to feel better. But say bye to coffee?! Ugh.
I absolutely love my coffee. I love it. But drinking it every morning like I wish I could, absolutely destroys my adrenals (you should wake up energized from balanced hormones and plenty of rest, not need coffee to do that for you) and hurts my stomach. Like everything, though, moderation is key. I don’t advocate to eliminate anything for life. I do, however, feel strongly about breaking emotional connections to food and drink and realizing that being addicted to anything isn’t good for us.
Here are a few other reasons why coffee isn’t as good for us as we wish it were!
1) Coffee is acidic and can weaken the lining of the stomach which can lead to ulcers.
2) Irritates the small intestine, potentially leading to abdominal spasms, cramps and elimination problems, often alternating between constipation and diarrhea.
3) The average roasted coffee drank most by consumers is one of the most pesticide filled plants on the planet.
4) Coffee affects iron absorption in your stomach and particularly your kidneys ability to retain calcium, zinc, magnesium and other important minerals that most people are already deficient in.
5) Stains your teeth! Just look at the lining of a coffee pot. Ugh.
6) Studies show that acid contributes to joint inflammation. Heavy coffee drinkers usually end up suffering some kind of joint pain thanks to high acidity in the body.
7) This is the scariest of them all. Coffee contains a substance called acrylamide. It is a potentially carcinogenic (cancer-causing) substance that forms when coffee beans are roasted at high temperatures. The darker the roast, the higher the levels of acrylamide are likely to be. In fact, coffee has been shown to be one of the major sources of this dangerous chemical in the Standard American diet.
Remember, nothing is set in stone, and everything is possible with healthy moderation. But everything you put in your body is either feeding or fighting disease. Enjoy your coffee in moderation, but know that you can break the addiction if necessary!
Having a hard time kicking the coffee habit? Try this amazing recipe that tastes so much like coffee, and is good for you too!
- 1 tbsp roasted chicory root
- 1 tbsp roasted dandelion root
- 2 cups water (if you enjoy black coffee, stay here. Enjoy!)
- 2 tbsp coconut oil, or butter
- 2 2 pitted dates or honey as desired.
- 1/2 tsp fresh nutmeg or cinnamon if desired.
- Place chicory and dandelion root in a cooking pot and cover with water.
- Bring it to a boil, reduce the heat and simmer for two minutes.
- Turn off the heat and let it steep for 10 minutes. (If you enjoy black coffee, stop here and enjoy!)
- Strain and transfer to a blender, then add the coconut oil/butter and the dates. Blend for one minute.
- Add the nutmeg or cinnamon and enjoy!
Try weaning yourself by drinking smaller servings of coffee, to half chicory root, half coffee, to eventually just chicory/dandelion. After awhile, you might want to try peppermint, matcha or green tea instead. Small amounts of caffeine are still OK in moderation as long as your body doesn’t become addicted and deplete the adrenals.