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TOP 10 REASONS TO KICK THE COFFEE HABIT

weight, Rebecca Lazar - TOP 10 REASONS TO KICK THE COFFEE HABITLike many of you, I was a coffee/caffeine junkee.  Of course, that was years ago, before I knew better.  I would drink at least 3 cups a day and couldn’t figure out why I had insomnia, anxiety attacks and heartburn.  It couldn’t possibly be as innocent as some coffee!  Sometimes, even reasonably intelligent people can’t add things up, what can I say? tongue Well, quitting wasn’t easy, so I feel your pain, but here are the top 10 reasons it’s a good idea to find something else to drink (see below for suggestions in case your mind went blank and you are bewildered that there are, in fact, other options):

  1. Coffee intensifies stress, causing an increase in adrenaline at an average of 40%, which results in increased blood pressure, heart rate, muscular tension, nervousness, perspiration and irritability, eventually leading to chronic fatigue, adrenal exhaustion, and subsequent inability to handle stress as well as sugar intake. In other words, you will look like this: at wits end
  2. Coffee reduces fertility. More than one cup a day makes a woman half as likely to conceive.  Now don’t go drinking massive amounts of coffee if you are trying not to conceive – that’s messed up!
  3. Coffee increases the risk of miscarriage, and can double the rate with just 163 mg a day, that’s only one cup. 75% of pregnant women drink coffee without knowing this.  It also has an adverse effect on baby’s muscular development and nutritional balance and increases the risk of birth defects.
  4. Coffee is extremely dehydrating and causes loss of potassium, calcium, magnesium, zinc and other minerals, the B vitamins, especially thiamin, B1, and Vitamin C through its diuretic effect.  This means that, no, you cannot count coffee as part of the recommended 8 glasses of water a day.
  5. Coffee decreases the amount of sleep people get but does not decrease the need for sleep; thus coffee users are often suffering from sleep deprivation.
  6. Coffee drinkers have a 50% higher risk of heart attack, and osteoporosis and anemia are more common with regular coffee users.  Hmmm, not really worth it, is it?
  7. Coffee increases intellectual speed, but not power. So we may work faster but not smarter.
  8. Coffee relaxes the smooth muscle in the colon; this laxative effect of caffeine can  create a dependence, much like any other laxative.
  9. Coffee increases cholesterol and triglyceride blood levels.
  10. Coffee is a major dietary source of cadmium, a heavy metal that is carcinogenic and immunosuppressive, and promotes prostate hypertrophy and cancer.

OTHER CAFFEINE TIDBITS

  • Ten and a half ounces of coffee (two small cups) provokes an increase in HCl (stomach acid) output for more than an hour in a healthy person. In someone with an ulcer, the effect is greater and lasts more than two hours. (Hence the heartburn).
  • Most negative effects of caffeine can occur with regular use of over 100 mg daily. The average cup of coffee from a drip coffee maker will have 120-150 mg of caffeine per cup.
  • It takes body 3-6 hours to remove half of the caffeine consumed.

BUT I NEED/LOVE/WANT COFFEE, WHAT SHOULD I DO?

Unfortunately, making the switch to your typical decaf variety isn’t much better since decaffeinated coffee contains methylene chloride, a toxic solvent.  So here are some other options:

  1. Switch to swiss water process decaf coffee, a decaffeinating method that does not use harsh chemicals, such as the Second Cup brand.  Don’t worry, Keurig lovers, for you there are Gloria Jeans swiss water decaf (regular and hazelnut flavor) as well as Van Houtte swiss water decaf.  Decaf is still acidic though, so use in moderation.
  2. Try herbal coffee substitutes such as Chickory Dickory Dock from David’s Tea or Teeccino.  They taste similar to coffee, without the caffeine, acidity and negative effects.
  3. Once you get over the fact that there isn’t coffee in the cup your carrying around, try putting herbal teas in there instead.  I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – there are many delicious varieties of tea: oolong, roobios, white, to name a few…..all with minimal caffeine and great taste, especially with a teaspoon of organic raw honey added.

So go ahead, quit the coffee habit and do something great for your health!

Sources

  • Food and Healing by Anne Marie Colbin
  • Allergies – Disease in Disguise by Carolee Bateson-Koch, DC ND
  • Eating Alive by Dr. Jonn Matsen, ND
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DRINK 8 GLASSES OF WATER EVERY DAY?

Who made this rule and were “they” kidding?

Sadly, no. We are all supposed to drink that much water a day. I mean, everyone knows THAT. The important question at this point is not why, its how?

I have a confession to make. Come closer, this is a big one.

I hate drinking water. There, I said it. I’m a Nutritionist and I hate drinking water. Gosh, I feel so much better putting that out there. Then again, let’s face it, I’m probably slightly dehydrated as I write this. worried

In my opinion, water has no taste! Its like liquid blah. Sure, there are some brands of water that taste better than others, but still……..it just doesn’t do it for me, unless I’ve just finished working out and sweated like crazy (but to be honest, even then I’d rather pour it on myself than drink it!). Well, if your one of those people that carries a water bottle wherever you go and just feels so darned hydrated, then goody for you. But if you’re like me, I empathize, and so I’m going to be very generous and share the ideas that really help me, and hopefully will help you as well:

(1) The #1 thing that has helped me is a product called Hint. (www.drinkhint.com). This water is incredible because it has zero calories and zero artificial sweeteners, cweight, Rebecca Lazar - DRINK 8 GLASSES OF WATER EVERY DAY?olors, or flavors. Don’t ask me how they do this, I don’t care if it’s magic. All I know is it tastes great and is just as beneficial as drinking plain water. The only problem I have with this company is that finding it in Toronto, Canada has not been easy. A few Starbucks locations carry it, but sadly I’ve only seen the blackberry flavor. Send us more flavors! (There’s a similar product called Metromint, which has fruit flavors along with a subtle mint taste to it that I don’t love; but if you like mint, it’s an excellent choice as well www.metromint.com)

(2) Make your own flavored water. If you can’t find Hint or don’t want to spend the money, make your own…..fill a pitcher with some good quality, ozonated reverse osmosis water (or bottled spring water) and add a bunch of sliced cucumbers, or a handful of raspberries, or some peeled, sliced oranges or lemons. Experiment with whatever fruit you like, go crazy and mix fruits too! Let it sit in the refrigerator for a while to bring out the flavor and enjoy!

(3) Mix your water with juice. Add 2 ounces of fresh squeezed or commercial fruit juice (not the artificial stuff please!) to your cup of water – save on calories, but not on taste.

(4) Drink hot or iced herbal tea. There are so many varieties of teas out there, and many of them contain beneficial herbs for specific health needs. They all taste great, just read the cautions on the label if there are any, because some herbal teas should not be consumed more than once a day or at all if you have certain health conditions. Also, some herbal teas should not be consumed if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. If you aren’t sure, go for the basic, all-around-good-for-you Green tea, which has a moderate caffiene content, but since it is alkaline it won’t have the same adverse acidic effects as coffee. Also try Roobios tea, which is a naturally decaffeinated South African tea. Add a teaspoon or two of organic raw honey and you have a delicious drink that counts as water but has an actual taste!

(5) Try a coffee substitute. If you’re a coffee drinker, know that caffeine acts as a diuretic, so you’re wasting your time if you think it counts as water. No, that doesn’t mean you should increase your coffee intake (nice try, though), since caffeine has other well-known side effects such as increasing your blood pressure and heart rate. You could switch to decaf, of course, but you’re still consuming an equally high-acidic beverage to regular coffee, that can cause gastrointestinal upset such as acid reflux or stomache pains. It also helps create an acid environment in your body which in turn creates a breeding ground for all sorts of ailments. One cup a day is not too detrimental for most people, but why not forgo the coffee altogether and try a coffee substitute, such as those made from roasted grains, chicory root or dandelion. They taste surprisingly like coffee without the downside and do count towards your 8 cup quota.

Feeling thirsty yet? I know I am! happy

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