If it’s one thing I have noticed this year is that every time I pass by a café shop there is a line 50 feet long early more especially, people getting their café fix!
Even I was drawn to the café latte society finding myself in line awaiting my long black with a dash of warm milk, I got thinking about this habit more and more each day and started questioning what coffee does to the body and the brain.
So, I like to question and test and measure things and decided to ditch coffee for a month, and this is what happened!Fred Liberatore
First, I went online to research and Even GOOGLING “Is coffee bad for you!” after all google knows right!
My take is that we often take coffee for granted, for me I see that coffee has potential risks especially if we already have high blood pressure, insomnia, and general restlessness as well as stress and for women looking to also get pregnant there is good research on this to suggest coffee is a no no.
Let us also look at elevated blood sugar levels also spike insulin levels. Insulin is an anabolic or storage hormone. One thing this hormone is particularly good at storing is fat in your midsection. Keeping insulin elevated can make your cells less sensitive to its “signal”; this is called insulin resistance. To lose weight and keep it off, you want your cells to be the complete opposite—insulin sensitive.
Therefore, coffee (caffeine) has the potential of making your cells more insulin resistant, and that is not a good thing when your goal is weight loss.
You see each person has a different level of caffeine they can handle I could have a short black before bedtime and not feel like I would have a disruptive sleep pattern. But if I am stressed and have a coffee, I know that I will be tossing and turning all night (with my wife wanting to suffocate me with her pillow).
So, if I piqued your interest and you have read this far good let us dive in a little more, Scientists from Western Australia have found that drinking too much of the brew can slow the metabolism and lead to weight gain.
Researchers from the Western Australian Institute for Medical Research and the University of Western Australia found that drinking more than six cups of coffee a day – even when decaffeinated – could lead to the abnormal retention of fat within cells.
Whilst the studies conclude to drink moderate amount’s I am still convinced that each of us have sensitivity to coffee.
So, I decided to ditch coffee this month and although I had no noticeable change in my physique, I did notice a few things initially.
1. Initial Headache and grumpy
For the first 24-48 hours as well as craving for a coffee so I had a small addiction, I was also fidgety and not so nice to be around.
Especially before my workout but that quickly subsided after the first few minutes and I was ok
3. Less need
For coffee after 7 days, I completely forgot that I wanted a cup of coffee and found myself drinking more water
4. Newfound energy
yes, I was waking up more well rested from the night before and was good all day long.
5. More centred
I was much more focused and clearer with more decision-making activities
6. Felling of detachment
This was a big one for me and it will be for you to if you decide to ditch the coffee, I no longer have that deep connection with coffee.
Here Are 6 Reasons Why You Should Quit Coffee for a month
- Addictions trend with coffee — who doesn’t immediately think of holding a warm, frothy milk and sugar when they picture coffee? Surely the business of coffee has inspired a culture addicted to the sugary, fatty tastes of what has become more of a meal than a drink! That morning latte is the epitome of food lacking nutrition density yet packing energy!
- Elevated urinary excretion of important minerals such as calcium, magnesium and potassium have been noted in coffee drinkers. An imbalance in your electrolyte status can lead to serious systemic complications.
- The acidity of coffee is associated with digestive discomfort, indigestion, heart burn, GERD and dysbiosis (imbalances in your gut flora).
- Constituents in coffee can interfere with normal drug metabolism and detoxification in the liver, making it difficult to regulate the normal detoxification process in the liver. Another issue to be aware of with coffee intake is how certain medications such as levothyroxine (thyroid) as well as tricyclic antidepressants are poorly absorbed, making symptoms curiously worse for patients.
- Unfiltered coffee has the highest number of beneficial antioxidants yet also leaks the most diterpenes into your system. These diterpenes have been linked to higher levels of triglycerides, LDL and VLDL levels.
- 5-HIA, an organic acid and component of the neurotransmitter serotonin (the happy chemical) seen in the urine tends to be elevated in coffee drinkers, which means they may be at risk for lower levels of serotonin synthesis in the brain. Serotonin is necessary for normal sleep, bowel function, mood, and energy levels. It is a vicious cycle, as caffeine can disrupt sleep and promote anxiety and depression. We all know someone who tends to be tired, wired, and over-caffeinated!
The bottom line?
I know this is a difficult goal, but I assure you that your body and mind will thank you. The sense of calm, clarity and restful sleep will reward you with the simple pleasures of innate health and an energy that is rightfully yours.
Your coffee habit is probably fine and may even have some benefits. But if you have side effects from coffee, such as heartburn, nervousness, or insomnia, consider ditching coffee completely for a month and see what happens like me you will certainly find that the pro’s outweighed the con’s and you will continue to laugh with health each day!
Let me know (in the comment section below) how you go…