This is an email question I got a couple of days ago.
Hey Carrie. I read today that coffee is really bad for you but a few weeks ago I read that it is good for you. What’s your opinion?
It’s a great question and one I have received before. It’s like saying red wine is good for you. Or, red wine is bad for you. The answer is, yes.
I love my morning coffee, so I do know the answer to this one, since it is close to my heart. Mr. Burrows has no interest in the answer, “Coffee is what it is…nearly as important as blood!” Seriously, don’t try to come between him and his coffee, especially in the morning. We are both believers that coffee is to be enjoyed, hot, strong and with nothing in it, except maybe espresso!
So, I will give you both sides of the equation and let you decide for yourself. First thing that you should know; It’s not coffee that is the basis of the debatable argument…it’s caffeine.
In the name of love:
In coffee, tea, chocolate, caffeine tastes great! That’s it, no need to say more! But, I will.
Studies have shown that caffeine can aid in the treatment and prevention of several high profile diseases.
- Some cancers
- Heart Disease
- Lung Disease.
The history of the coffee bean is deep and rich. Some ancient civilizations used the coffee bean as medicine.
It also goes beyond just mere rumour that it is effective at taking the edge off a headache, it can boost your mood, gives you mental focus and prevents cavities.
And at last…. drum roll, one of the most important benefits…it’s a thermogenic fat burner!! Amen, caffeine is perfect!!
I should also say that some of the studies have indicated that the amounts of caffeine change radically from study to study. One I read talked about more than 6 eight ounce cups and the benefit was for men, not women. Tim read that one…thus why he orders coffee by the pot, not the cup.
Caffeine, the not so pretty side
Remember the commercial with the egg, “This is your brain.” Then the frying pan with melted butter is shown and the egg gets dropped in and boom! “This is your brain on drugs…get the picture?” Well, caffeine is a drug and like all drugs it targets specific parts of your body in different ways. The central nervous system and brain function actually do get hit with adverse effects.
Skip you morning coffee for a couple of days. How’s that brain feeling? When you go without a drug that you have become dependant to, your body has a revolt reaction. Other negative affects of caffeine include:
- Mild insomnia
- Increased heart rate
- Increased blood sugar
- Difficulty concentrating
- Mild stomach upset
It can even have some really bad problems associated to it:
- Panic attacks
- Irregular heartbeat
- Sleep deprivation
- Continuous stomach problems
- Prolonged depression
- Sleep disorders
Ok, I quit coffee right now…. never mind, I just read the good side of caffeine again.
So, there you have both sides, like I said, you make the choice that you can live with. Here are a couple of bonus thoughts to help your decision.
1. Limit your coffee and tea intake to 2 or 3 cups per day.
2. Replace one of your normal cups of coffee with a green tea. Yes still caffeine, but less and will help you through detox.
3. Drink coffee in its best state…clean. No sugar, honey, milk or cream. Is it coffee you want or the stuff you put in it?
4. For every cup of coffee you drink, take in an equal amount of water.
5. Like a lot of things in life…moderation is the key.
So, that’s it. Thoughts? Have you stopped drinking coffee for health reasons? Do the risks matter to you? Let me know where you stand on the issus.