That morning cup of coffee has us all whipped like nothing else. And while drinking within the recommended daily intake (400 mg, or approximately two cups) claims to have no adverse health effects, recent research says different.
The truth is, we all know it isn’t good for us, and we try not to care. But, what if the grass really was greener on that other side of this one? In this article we’ll walk you through the big deal reasons you should quit, and give the step by step plan to start the process of saying goodbye for good.
Despite coffee’s effective stimulation on your bowls, its acidic makeup comes at a cost. According to a study published in February 2014 in the journal Molecular Nutrition and Food Research, a chemical compound found in coffee called N-methylpyridinium, or N-MP, may cause stomach upset. The darker the blends are, the higher ratios the of N-MP. Whether from diet, medications, antibiotics, or genetic sensitivities like MTHFR, the truth is many of us already have our own versions of digestive issues. When you add an extremely acidic substance like coffee on top of this, your GI tract gets pissed. Your gut villi that lines the intestinal wall inflames, and over time dry out from the acidity and break off. This is a pretty big deal, since the villi is what absorbs your nutrients from your food. This is when real problems start to happen, like leaky gut, IBS, extreme bloating, the list goes on. Coffee has also been shown to worsen the symptoms of heartburn, which can then lead to worse symptoms of indigestion.
Some evidence has shown that coffee and caffeine can change the speed with which the GI tract moves, changing the rate at which food is digested, causing abdominal pain for some, and interfering with the absorption and assimilation of crucial nutrients like calcium, iron, magnesium and B vitamins. It may also reduce the absorption of manganese, zinc and copper, and increase the excretion of magnesium, potassium, sodium and phosphate. It also inhibits the amount of calcium that is absorbed through the intestinal tract and depletes the amount retained by the bones. Yikes! No thank you.
A Study out of Duke University breaks down how our "Morning Coffee Boosts Blood Pressure, and Stress Hormones All Day” A huge game player in this is our adrenal glands. The adrenals are small but mighty glands, which sit on top of the kidneys. Their function is to release hormones that trigger the fight-or-flight response when we’re confronted with stressors. When adrenaline floods our bodies, our muscles contract and our heart rate quickens. Basically, the body is put on alert and is made ready for action. Here’s the problem.
Coffee stimulates the adrenal glands, which means that every time you drink it, you’re activating the body’s fight-or-flight response. But, instead of releasing adrenaline so the body can react to a true stressor, the adrenals are releasing the hormone in response to your coffee consumption. Over time your adrenal glands start to burn out from overuse, which creates adrenal fatigue. Naturally, you can help to prevent adrenal fatigue simply by avoiding coffee, or keeping your consumption to a minimum.
Drinking coffee is like running your body on credit. It locks onto receptors that are involved in energy production, tricking your body into having more energy, while using up natural energy-giving molecules that are normally reused in the energy production cycle.
Caffeine also increases your stress response, which results in the release of the stress hormone cortisol. As this increase in cortisol occurs, there is also an increase in blood sugar levels which then increases insulin. This increases inflammation, leaving you tired, and want more coffee to combat it!
Caffeine is a stimulant, which means it’s not ideal for promoting quality sleep. Removing it from your day keeps cortisol and melatonin at their natural rhythms, which results in better sleep and less fatigue. Once the coffee is in your system, it takes a very long time to leave. If your morning ritual involves having a cup of coffee at 8 in the morning, about 25 percent of that caffeine will still be in your body at 8 p.m. When you do lay your head down to sleep, any caffeine left in your body will result in reduced REM sleep. REM sleep is the deep sleep your body needs to recharge and full restore itself.
Cortisol is a big player in the development of belly fat. Now we’re not saying you’ll lose weight by simply cutting out caffeine alone, but it does contribute to regulating the system that creates and maintains that spare tyre.
Caffeine, sugar, and alcohol all increase lactic acid levels in the bloodstream. Recent studies show that a high accumulation of lactic acid in the body can increase anxiety and cause panic attacks. Coffee also blocks adenosine, a neurotransmitter that is believed to play a role in suppressing arousal and promoting sleep. Without adenosine,
The pituitary gland produces adrenaline and the increase in adrenaline can either cause or increase symptoms of anxiety. In addition to increasing lactic acid levels in the blood, can causes a release of insulin which decreases blood glucose, which can result in mood swings and agitation.
Don't underestimate the initial challenge to wean your body off of this psychoactive drug. It’s no joke. But, the benefits are worthy of the time and push to get to the other side. That's why we created the Step by Step Plan for Quitting Coffee For Good