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Coffee Consumption Guide – Is Coffee Healthy?

Is coffee healthy? Consensus: HIGHLY NEUTRAL

Coffee itself is neither good or bad, like most things in life, it falls into that grey area (see chart below to compare). You can find valid arguments for both sides.

Here is the deal, if you love coffee, keep on drinking it guilt free! If you hate coffee, never worry about having to take up the addictive habit.

Drinking Decaf? Shift to caffeine free! scroll to the bottom if you are a decaff coffee drinker.

Here is our coffee consumption guide

Make minor adjustments: Mitigate the side effects and Heighten the benefits

  • Do not add anything artificial, refined to it, processed. (flavourings, sugar, coffee mate, cream)
  • Use healthy natural sweeteners like unpasteurized honey and maple syrup
  • Use (non-chemical) paper filters to filter your coffee (eliminates di-terpenes)
  • Buy quality coffee: just like food, quality matters (organic is obviously the best)
  • Do not consume caffeine late in the day – not past noon (as to maintain a healthy sleep cycle)
  • Avoid drinking a cup with a leafy green meal (especially If you are vegan/vegetarian) – it depletes iron
  • Buy Arabica beans: better quality than Robusta
  • Be picky about the extraction of your coffee: Monsoons coffee extraction, or Steam is better than boiling methods
  • Avoid coffee if: you have a weak digestion system, are prone to anxiety, or issues with sleeping
  • Upset stomach? buy non-acidic coffee
  • Feeling the coffee jitters? Take L-theanine to counteract the negative side effect
  • Add herbs (cinnamon, nutmeg, cocoa)
  • Blend your coffee with butter and or coconut oil

Coffee, Caffeine and dosing

 (1 cup coffee approx. 90-120 mg caffeine)

1/2 life: 6.5 hours, it takes 24 hours for the caffeine to completely leave your system.

Lets say you have a cup of coffee at 8 am, by 8pm 25% will still be in your system. 25% of 100 mg (25 mg) of caffeine remains. Good news! 25mg is technically not enough to affect your sleep dramatically. But if you suffer from sleep issues, insomnia, anxiety etc then this will be enough to throw you off.

The Facts

The Pretty The Ugly
  • High in antioxidants (chlorogenic acid most notably)
  • Small source of Vitamins and minerals (B1,B2,B3,B5) Robiflavin, folate, magnesium, potassium, manganese, phosphorus)
  • Studies suggest lower risk of cirrhosis, liver cancer, gall stones, type 2 diabetes
  • Studies suggest its effects against brain aging and neurodegenerative diseases (Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, dementia)
  • Well known anti-depressant effects
  • It is a not a dehydrating beverage; 95% of the bean is water, coffee contributes to daily fluid intake

Caffeine:

  • Stimulant: Physco- active (brain enhancer)
  • Speeds up metabolism
  • Keeps you regular
  • Improves exercise function
  • Mold found on coffee beans (highly debatable due to the tight regulation on packaging procedures/product dependent)
  • Contains Ochratoxin A, Acrylamide and Furan (weak evidence exists to suggest they are carcinogenic)
  • Contains diterpenes: found high in unfiltered coffee- French press, Turkish brews (which raise LDL cholesterol)
  • Reduces non-heme (plant based, not meat based) iron uptake
  • Creates an acidic environment in the stomach (caution for those with GERD, Heart Burn, serious intestinal issues- IBS)
  • Withdrawal effects (headaches, tiredness)

Caffeine:

  • Quickly develops a vicious cycle (disrupts sleep cycle- wake up tired-grab coffee-bad quality sleep-wake up tired, etc)
  • Addictive substance: with drawl effects are common (headaches, brain fog, irritability)
  • Can cause anxiety

What about De-caff? Is it healthy? Consensus: NO. AVOID

NOTE: De-caffeinated coffee is not caffeine free (97% caffeine removed). Caffeine still remains

BIG CONCERN: Is it healthy? No, in the same way that we know all purpose white flour to be dangerous; it is highly altered by man. Decaffeinated beans are processed and refined.

  • Step 1: Decaf Extracted: Boil or Steam – loses phytonutrients/antioxidants. The bean is chemically altered and lack nutrients
  • Step 2: Chemical Solvents are added to remove caffeine; steam-soak (10 hours in chemical solvent)- steam again. So what about when decaff is labelled 100% natural water extract? The sad answer is: clever marketing.

Acidic Beans: Highly acidic beans are used -Robusta beans are the most acidic. A high acidic internal body Is known to lead to the following problems (inflammation, degenerative diseases, heart burn, digestive upset, bladder infections, ulcers)

Decaf health consensus; there is no point. Summed up, it is highly acidic, raises cholesterol, may have chemical residues in it, uses the most acidic low-quality beans, has a substantial loss of the coffee bean flavor.

Good news! Natural Coffee alternatives:

Caffeine-Free Herbal Coffee: https://tylerscoffees.com/why-tylers/

Decaff alternative can be found at: http://teeccino.com/building_optimal_health/39183/Decaf-Coffee-And-Health.html 

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Brittany Kish
RMT, C.HN

Brittany Kish is a passionate healer who cares for everyone she works with to utmost extent. She lives and breathes the idea of Holistic Healing. She started her career in the health industry as a massage therapist, and while she is still doing body work, she has found her true passion in healing with nutrition, movement, and working with the subtle energies that underlie it all. As a Reiki Master, Yoga Teacher, and Nutritionist she covers all the basis of healing the body, mind and spirit. She has taught hundreds of students how to use their bodies and change their minds, and use their minds to strengthen their bodies. She aspires to be of service, and teach others how to become a part of the world instead of apart from it.

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