Java-Kick it to the curb or keep it?

Thinking of kicking that coffee habit?

cup of black coffee surrounded by coffee beans

Let’s weigh the pro’s and con’s

Let’s weigh the pro’s and con’s here…
What to do, what to do? Coffee is a subject to debate certainly! There have been published studies that tout coffee’s better qualities as well as the how it has the ability to harm you.

Organic coffee indeed does have antioxidants in it which can reduce the risk of type 2 Diabetes, reduce inflammation, lowers the risk of Depression, Parkinson’s disease, and some cancers. Caffeine binds to our opiod receptors which can help prevent food cravings. However, most coffee beans are grown outside of the US and are loaded with unregulated pesticides and insecticides.

Caffeine alone is an addictive agent and can be toxic. Due to it being a dried food there is also room for mold or other contaminants to grow. Some people may actually need to drink it all day just to keep going. Others will get headaches when trying to refrain and eliminate it. Coffee is a diuretic and can reduce the absorption of vitamins and minerals, deplete calcium and lower iron levels. Also if you are going to drink, be sure to drink coffee before your morning workout and NOT after as it can interfere with your bodies ability to build muscle. By the way, this goes for those energy drinks as well…will get you by but not for long and not without added chemicals and sugars.

The bottom line is that coffee really has no nutritional value to it! Plus, unless you drink it black you may be adding unnecessary sugars, additives and cream that do you more harm than the coffee. If you decide to drink coffee take the safe road. Drink organic, dark coffee with nothing added OR try an alternative such as a Green or Black Tea, Tee-cino or kombucha! The Mayo Clinic’s guidelines for adults is to keep caffeine under 400mg/day which is about 4 cups of coffee or 2 energy shots. Adolescents should stick to under 100mg/day which is 1 cup and NO energy shots! Those that go over the recommended guidelines can expect the jitters, elevated heart beat, nervousness and insomnia! Pregnant women, be sure to stand clear as it is linked to lower birth rates! Try an alternative for a full week and see if you miss it…you never know unless you try!

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