Caffeine and the Coffee Balancing Act

Becoming healthy a personal choice. I’ve often stated that I can’t make anyone healthy. Someone must want a healthy lifestyle more than I want it for them. I attempt to encourage, lead in the right direction, explain physiology, warn against nutritional fallacies and set a good example but ultimately it’s a personal decision as to what one’s diet consists of.

It seems something “new” comes out weekly. A recent study stated that coffee was now the panacea to good health. It’s actually good for us! scientists declared.

Well of course it is good for us – it was already in the Garden of Eden when God told Adam:   “I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food.”  (Genesis 1:29)  The coffee bean comes from a seed-bearing plant, (which depending on the type, grows anywhere from 5-18 feet tall.)

Be careful however. Human nature, being what it is, perceives if something’s good, more has to be even better.This pertains to that “new” eye-opening scientific report on coffee too.

What we choose is not always beneficial to or health. He encouraged us to eat in moderation for He would never encourage us to consume something that would harm us. That’s our Choice!

One of my patients drank 30 cups of coffee per day. That’s certainly not “moderation.” To her it became a very unproductive choice. By consuming that much caffeine it depleted her B vitamins. So what you ask? Well the most important function of B vitamins is to convert fats, proteins and carbohydrates into energy.

Therefore, no B vitamins, no metabolic function. Caffeine is a natural diuretic and her B vitamins were lost through urination.  She was spinning her wheels, going nowhere and didn’t realize why.

When metabolic nutrients are lost, the body hungers for extra food to regulate and energize its system. Everything she consumed went directly to caloric intake without outgo; therefore she was gaining weight. No diet plan would help until she got her coffee addiction under control.

A quick withdrawal from coffee addiction wasn’t an option.  Caffeine is a drug and with any drug there are side effects. A cold-turkey approach would leave her shaking, jittery, cranky and downright unpleasant to be around. A gradual reduction was the only alternative. It took months to re-establish her metabolic functions to normal; then she could begin to lose weight.

Imbibing caffeine above normal consumption depletes calcium from bones. I happen to be small boned and am very susceptible to osteoporosis. Therefore, based on my size and weight, I usually limit my coffee intake to 2 cups per day.

Then why do experts say it’s good for us? Because it is in moderation.

Coffee contains many beneficial nutrients including some 50 cent words such as tocopherols, (antioxidants which protect against cell damage) chlorogenic acid (which protects against tumor growth.)

Coffee contains two chemicals, kahweol and cafestrol, which seems to provide some cancer protection as well as anti-inflammatory properties.

Anything extracted from the soil contain valuable nutrients. Coffee beans contain magnesium,  calcium, phosphorus and antioxidants.

Coffee invigorates your brain’s cognitive function which is why we prefer this drink as our morning wake-up call.

It’s a safe stimulant for the bowels and assists the digestive system. It’s a natural diuretic removing excess toxins from the kidneys and liver.

But jumping on the bandwagon thinking, “Great, coffee’s good for me so now I can drink all the coffee I want” is ludicrous.

There must be balance!

 

 

 

 

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18 thoughts on “Caffeine and the Coffee Balancing Act

  1. I’ve always drank coffee in moderation. I have drank from 1-3 servings per day most of my life. I do find it to be good as a diuretic in the morning. I like that about it.

    To people who love a good quality up of coffee, I think it serves as a pleasure food. One that has very few calories unless you add tons of sugar and cream, which I don’t. I’ve always liked regular coffee with just a little low fat or skim milk. I like espresso plain.

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    • Thanks for the comment and I totally agree with you. I enjoy a great cup of coffee and God gave it to us for pleasure. I’ve also learned how wonderful and smooth it is to put a few sprinkles of cinnamon and turmeric (surprisingly right?) Who knew this spice which is featured in mustards would make such a smooth cup of coffee into my cup? Blessings back,

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      • Wow, turmeric? I’ve never heard of adding that to coffee. I’ll give it a try. I have turmeric (and so many other spices) in my spice cabinet. I can’t remember the last time I used turmeric. It might be pretty stale.

        I have had cinnamon in coffee and liked it very much. I had it the first time on the island of St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

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    • ummm, hello Stephen . . . thanks 🙂 (I think.) I guess I’ll accept that back-handed compliment, you seem too nice to mean it any other way, but hey . . . my blog IS called New Creations Ministries . . . ❤

      Through my posts I focus on correlating our mental, physical and spiritual connection to food. As a counselor, specializing in nutritional counseling, alongside family physicians and physiology, I'm sure you realize there are a lot of fallacies regarding diets out there. Until health seekers realize why they still self-destruct, they'll continue down a harmful path. I pray my entire blog will always honor Godly principles. I appreciate you taking the time to write and do hope you will return to read more. Blessings back,

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