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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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THE MANY WONDERS OF DAVID’S TEA

weight, Rebecca Lazar - THE MANY WONDERS OF DAVID'S TEAI want to talk about my latest passion – tea! Being a coffee lover, I never thought I’d get taken in by this particular obsession, yet here I am at 9 pm, drinking a matcha green tea latte (with organic skim milk, of course). I realize that may or may not sound like gibberish to you, but in any case, trust me it’s gooood.

So let me tell you how my obsession began.  I thought I knew all I ever wanted to know about tea, and having tried many different boxed varieties, I wasn’t a huge fan.  I drank green tea for it’s antioxidant benefits, of course, but I didn’t really care for any of the other teas I tried.  If I needed a medicinal herb, I occasionally drank it in tea form, but that’s about it.

Then one day my husband brought home a cute silver tin with a label that read “Forever Nuts” and handed it to me saying “This tea is awesome.”  I looked at it and replied “Perfect.  You’ve found a tea that embodies who you are!”  rolling on the floor Yeah, I know, I’m a riot.   One eyeroll (his) and a cup of tea (mine) later and I was sold.  I simply had to know where this tin of yummyness (tin of yummyness? who am I?)  came from and how I could get some more.

The first time I walked into David’s Tea at the Promenade mall and saw the rows of giant silver tins with colored labels depicting the tea flavor inside, 2 thoughts popped into my head: (1) I was going to buy a LOT of cute little silver tins of tea and (2)  At some point, the owner of Starbucks is going to get a little bit annoyed with the popularity of this place!

I credit David’s Tea with not only giving me a great education on all the different varieties and health benefits of tea out there with their awesome, informative brochure and website but also for introducing me to flavors that rival the best desserts (who needs the extra calories?)  Rich and satisfying, there’s a calorie-free, chemical-free flavor to suit your every mood and many don’t even need sweeteners. And fyi, they don’t use sulphites in their drying process which makes a Nutritionist very happy.

So what’s the downside? Well, for me, since I am a kosher-certified-food-and-drink-only gal, I’m saddened to report that not all the teas are kosher certified, but there is a pretty good number of them that are and I am told that more will be in the coming months…..also, a couple of the teas have colored candy bits in them, what’s up with that? thumbs down  But overall, a small amount of negativity in what is otherwise my new favorite place to visit.

For those who want to know, these are my current favorites (in no particular order):

  • Secret weapon, an immune-boosting white tea with an almond flavor
  • Creme brulee, a roobios (S. African decaf tea) whose name says it all
  • Spicy chocolate, another roobios tea that has little bits of dark chocolate in it
  • Exotica, an amazing pineapple/coconut herbal tea that is unbeleivable with manuka honey,
  • Organic detox, an herbal detoxifiying tea
  • …..and the aforementioned Matcha tea, which is pure green tea in a powdered form.

If you haven’t tried David’s Tea yet, you simply have to! And if you have, which ones are your favorites?

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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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