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Is Coffee healthy for me?

Is Coffee healthy for me…..Need a coffee hit every morning? Having 2-3 cups per day? Lacking energy? Need to have a coffee break?

“Is Coffee healthy for me?” I would like to provide some insight before I answer this question. What I see, is people drinking coffee first thing in the morning, drinking a minimum of 2 -3 cups a day, a dependence on the energy boost or using it to justifying a break.

Coffee - morning hit
This maybe hard to hear for some and contray to popular beliefs but ……. the addictive and the metabolic impacts from it and caffeine can be significant on your health especially to those that are already stressed and sympathetic dominant. Fundamentally, coffee is a stimulant, a diuretic and an irritant that stimulates the adrenal gland, increases insulin (fat storage) and increases your appetite which in turn increases your body’s stress responses and catabolic hormones. This is very similar to sugar and recreational drugs!!
 
Stress response from coffee and calorie restriction

Stress response care of CHEK Institute

 So how I interpret these coffee behaviours are –
  • Morning coffee – this to increase energy levels instead of a quality breakfast or addressing poor sleep quality. It is not be a breakfast replacement.
  • Dependence on the energy boost – something is lacking in a clients lifestyle and/or nutrition like stress management, energy from food, exercise habits or sleep quality.
  • Justifying a break – we do not need a justify a break but give ourselves permission to have some quiet time, mediation or even a small walk to recharge.
  • Drinking a min of 2-3 cups a day –  this is not drinking in moderation or a conscious choice but closer to an addiction. I am sure you have had heard of people experiencing headaches and withdraw symptoms when they give up coffee Does this sound like anything else?

coffee addicition

This might seem a hard adjustment for some but I believe that we do not need to give up everything to improve your health but to ensure that you are consciously making informed decisions. I always talk to our clients about the 80/20 rule so that we have consistently healthy habits rather than consistently unhealthy habits.

So what are your options if you want to reduce or give up coffee. One of the most effective and simple approach is to swap it for something else such as a herbal teas. I have attached some of the health benefits of top 15 herbal teas. If you want to give up it completely, Yerba Mate will help you with the withdrawal symptoms.
 coffee alternative - herbal teas
If you are in the local area of Wishart, Mansfield, Mt Gravatt, Mackenzie, Carindale, and Eight Mile Plains in the Brisbane Southside and want to see if your coffee is impacting your health and stress levels, try our FREE Health and Fitness Consultation.
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