Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Is That Coffee Buzz Good For You?

As I sit here enjoying my first cup of coffee for the day, I see right from the headlines of the Tufts Health & Nutrition Letter "Coffee Drinkers Live Longer". Surprise! Finally the research we all have been waiting for or is it? 

Tufts reported the research completed in a large longevity study 400,000 people over a 13 year period of both men and women by National Cancer Institute. They chose regular and decaf varieties, "the more coffee people drank - up to six cups per day - the less likely there were to die during the study period." Living longer isn't the only advantage. Coffee drinkers were "less likely to develop heart or respiratory disease, stroke, diabetes, infections and even injuries and accidents."That's quite the line up!

What is it in coffee that has the most nutritional benefit remains unclear, however as with all "whole food" the health benefits that we would like to know may be beyond the our science to find out at this time.  For now, just like all the other foods you consume, coffee is loaded with toxic herbicides and pesticides so when possible choose organic.

So what are the risks of that coffee buzz?

Nothing is all good. So here are some of the risks to consider ...

Coffee contains caffeine has stimulant and a diuretic qualities. As a stimulant it has been known to raise the heart rate and blood pressure. As a diuretic, may cause dehydration, so remember to drink lots of water when drinking coffee.

Have digestive issues knows by some as "acid stomach"? Coffee will irritate your stomach, causing more acid, nausea and a burning sensation.

Too much coffee decaf or regular near bed time will interrupt a good quality sleep. A side from the annoyance of tossing and turning and lying awake, not getting enough sleep leads to various medical conditions to develop or get worse.   

Caffeine causes systemic inflammation. We now know heart disease, cancer, arthritis, autism and many degenerative diseases are caused by long term inflammation.

So before you pour up your next cup of Joe ... is that buzz really that good for you?

Your partner in health,

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