Ditch The Coffee
When you woke up this morning, was the first thing your lips touched a cup of coffee?
Over 90 per cent of adults in the Western World consumes caffeine daily. Most of these people will consume caffeine for pleasure or because they think they need it for energy or both. But what you might not realise is that caffeine is a stimulant - a false source of energy. When you don't eat or undereat, your body will be drawn to stimulants for energy.
Your brain and body need carbohydrates to function, not stimulants. Instead of reaching for your morning cuppa, try reach for a big fruit smoothie or juice. Fruit first thing in the morning will not only wake you up and get you ready for the day, it will feed your cells the nutrients it needs. It is also a great way to hydrate your body after eight hours of sleeping. Not convinced on eating fruit, then read my 'The Answer to Your Coffee Addiction'.
1. COFFEE IMPEDES THE ABSORPTION OF PROTEIN
Pepsin is a digestive enzyme that helps break down protein. When you drink coffee, pepsin is decreased, which means your body cannot efficiently digest the protein you eat.
Most vegans, including myself, often receive a lot of flack for not eating "enough" daily protein. Ironically, though, many coffee drinkers are not aware that caffeine impedes their absorption of the very protein they claim we need.
2. COFFEE SUPPRESSES APPETITE
But that's good, right? NO! Undereating is not a way to lose weight. Your body needs energy and essential vitamins and minerals to move, grow and live. The less you eat the more your body will go into metabolic damage - and as a result, your metabolism will slow down to store fat rather than burn your existing fat. Long term weight loss is all about proper nutrition. If you want to lose weight and be healthy look to plant-based foods.
A plant-based diet allows you to lose weight over time without needing to starve at ALL, but rather eat MORE! Most high carb plant-based diets advocate eating a minimum of 2000 calories every day to get all the vitamins and minerals you need. Less than 2000 calories per day over time will lead to vitamin and mineral deficiencies and an energy deficiency! So swap the coffee for plant foods and lose weight the healthier way.
3. COFFEE DEPLETES THE BODY OF VITAL NUTRIENTS
Caffeine is also known to deplete the body of water, potassium, manganese, the vitamin B complex (which is important for stress) and vitamin A (essential for immunity). It also inhibits the absorption of iron and calcium.
So drinking a cup of coffee in the morning with your breakfast or your daily multivitamin will reverse some of the effects of 'trying' to be healthy in the first place.
4. COFFEE MAKES YOU RUN ON ADRENALIN
What happens when you run on adrenalin, is that your body is in a constant state of 'fight'. Ever heard of the 'fight' or 'flight' response? Well, the fight response is when your body tells you that your life is in danger, and you need fuel to escape. Glucose is then sent to your blood to provide energy. So when you drink coffee, that hit of energy is the adrenalin working.
Adrenalin is useful for those times when you need to run from danger, but for those using coffee to wake up in the morning or needing a dose of energy behind a desk - the unused glucose will eventually be stored as fat. Another reason to stop drinking coffee!
One of Australasia's leading nutritional biochemist and holistic nutrition specialist, Dr. Libby Weaver, says adrenalin production also causes your body to "put all of its resources into saving your life rather than into non-vital processes - processes inside of you that nourish skin, hair, nails, and allow the reproductive system to work optimally".
5. COFFEE IS NOT GOOD FOR WOMEN'S HEALTH
Along with increasing the risk of miscarriage and low-birth weight in babies, caffeine can also aggravate PMS symptoms like cramps, moodiness, and cravings.
The best way to help control or altogether diminish PMS symptoms is to take a look at your diet. Natural women's health expert, Dr. Toni Weschler, recommends increasing your intake of complex carbohydrates and decreasing your intake of protein for alleviating PMS symptoms. She also recommends avoiding foods that are high in processed sugar, salt, and fat, as well as drugs such as alcohol, nicotine, and caffeine. Yes - caffeine is a drug, even more reason to avoid it.
Sarah Lemkus is a total holistic health, natural living kind of gal. She is also a passionate Christian and loves all things adventure. When she's not working on my blog, filming and editing YouTube videos or of course doing housework, you'll find her hiking, swimming at the beach or somewhere outside!
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Weschler, T. Taking Charge of Your Fertility. 2006.
Weaver, L. Beauty From The Inside Out. 2013.