From the Desk of Dr. Len
The Good and Bad of Coffee
Dr. Len Lopez – Thursday, December 05, 2013
Coffee is like many other things…the proverbial double edge sword. There are some great benefits that come from coffee and caffeine, but like anything else there can also be some negatives as well.
The good benefits of coffee are…
- It’s a stimulant and helps keep you alert when you need it.
- Loaded with great antioxidants.
- Stimulates your metabolism and aids weight loss, diabetes, and can have a positive effect on your workout and physical performance
- Helps flush your liver and large intestines (aids constipation) of toxins
- It’s all Natural.
The bad is that…
- It’s a Stimulant and if you use it too much because you don’t get enough rest it can have negative consequences. Even scripture talks about too much of a good thing isn’t good for you.
- Triggers the production of dopamine and norepinephrine…which causes….
- Your heart to beat faster and arteries to constrict, which isn’t a good thing if you are dealing with blood pressure or other cardiovascular problems.
- It could be loaded with pesticides and insecticides, because most coffee is grown overseas…organic is better!
- It takes about 24 hours for your liver to clear it out….
FYI…If you are struggling with adrenal fatigue and exhaustion you want to stay away from stimulants such as coffee, energy drinks, etc. that work against your adrenal glands.
A smarter alternative to help with your energy, and isn’t a stimulant, grab a good adreanl support product. They are usually loaded with licorice root, ginseng, sarsaparilla, rhodiola. I’m a big fan of the Athlete’s Tonic. they’ll give you the energy bump you need without depleting your adrenal glands.
If you’re not sure if your adrenals may be exhausted, Take the Stress Test
Bottom line coffee isn’t a bad thing, but you don’t want to be adding gasoline to a fire. Therefore if you are drinking coffee when you are on the run, rushing to and from – you are adding a stimulant onto your nervous system that is already accelerated in the ‘fight or flight’ mode. That’s probably not a good thing and a good chance that all the benefits you are hoping to find may be shortcoming.
It’s smarter to drink and enjoy your coffee in a relaxed, non-hurried state. You’d be surprised how much of a different effect anything can have on you based upon how you feel. So enjoy your coffee and reap the benefits as you sip on a good cup of coffee.