THE DANGERS OF EXCESSIVE COFFEE AND CAFFEINE CONSUMPTION
Most people are
unaware of the ill affect of drinking coffee because of pesticides,
the bean roasting process and the fact it contains so
much caffeine. Actually, coffee is a severely damaging narcotic beverage.
The caffeine in the coffee belongs to the same alkaloid group of chemicals as morphine, cocaine and strychnine.
It is no surprise then why people have such a difficult time, at
first, letting go of coffee, and then replacing it with healthier
Caffeine combines with the stomach's hydrochloric
acid and forms a potent toxin, caffeine hydrochloride. As this
toxin is absorbed into the portal circulation and hits the liver,
bile is released in an attempt to flush the toxin from the system. This accounts for the increase in bowel "regularity" of which many coffee drinkers boast.
Unfortunately, due to ignorance of the facts, it is not known that this is an unnatural process that can do more harm than good. Consuming
and plenty of
can nave the same affect naturally without the
harmful chemicals ingested when drinking coffee.
Fibre also help to feed the beneficial bacteria in the intestines. A tablespoon of
taken daily in a large glass of water, can resolve most colon issues very quickly and helps to make the transit of waste smooth and painless.
COFFEE CONTAINS HARMFUL CHEMICALS
Contrary to what the billion dollar coffee industry would have us believe, there are many chemicals used in the production of coffee that are harmful to health. Drinking decaffeinated coffee is no safer than drinking
normal coffee because of the large concentration of the chemical trichloroethylene. It is used mainly as a de-greasing agent in the metal industry and as a solvent and dry cleaning agent in the clothing industry. Trichloroethylene is related to plastic chemical vinyl chloride, which has been linked to certain types of liver cancer.
Columbian coffee planters have regularly used deadly
pesticides on their plants for
decades. Some include Aldrin, Dieldrin, Chlordane and Heptachlor. Coffee beans are the most significant source of these deadly toxins in
The extreme temperatures in the roasting process of coffee beans
depletes the beans of its natural oils and any nutrients in the
coffee bean. Though it may enhance their aroma, high heat actually
causes the oils to become rancid.
Over consumption of the
chlorogenic acid found in
coffee also causes highly toxic side effects.
DETRIMENTAL NUTRIENT DEFICIENCIES
Due to the nutrient deficiencies ,caused by excessive coffee consumption, the result can be diarrhoea, insomnia, visual problems, muscle twitching
and convulsions. There is evidence that coffee interferes with the action of
vitamin A which will affect the eyes.
Coffee has a mild diuretic effect, which increases urination. Water
soluble vitamins, such as the
B vitamins, can be depleted as a
result of the fluid loss. In addition, it interferes with the
metabolism of some B vitamins, such as
vitamin B1 (thiamine).
Heavy coffee drinkers suffer from
vitamin B1 (thiamine) deficiency which has been linked to severe mental illness.
Beriberi is the vitamin deficiency
disease in which the body does not have enough vitamin B1.
Beriberi literally means "I can't, I can't" in Singhalese, which reflects
the crippling effect it has on its victims. Thiamine serves as a coenzyme in
the chemical pathway responsible for the metabolism of carbohydrates.
Persons may become deficient in thiamine either by not ingesting enough
vitamin B1 through the diet or by excess use, which may occur in
hyperthyroidism, pregnancy, lactation or fever.
Prolonged diarrhoea may
impair the body's ability to absorb vitamin B1 and severe liver disease
impairs its use. Swelling of bodily tissues (oedema) is common.
Signs of B1 deficiency
Muscle aches and weakness and limb pains
Nausea and vomiting
Numbness of the hands and feet
Pain and sensitivity
Poor concentration and coordination
Severe weight loss
vitamin D receptors, which limit the amount that will be
absorbed. Because vitamin D is important in the absorption and use
in building bone, this could also decrease bone mineral
density, resulting in an increased risk for osteoporosis. It also
causes loss of minerals from the
bones, (osteomalacia) where the bones are sore, tender, and
weak muscles with the possibility of deafness developing. Working indoors drinking plenty of coffee is going to reduce vitamin D levels to a point where the immune system can become compromised and infections are more likely to occur.
Coffee blocks absorption of
one of the B vitamin co-factors. It
assists the B vitamins to function more effectively. Inositol plays
an important part in the health of cell membranes especially the
specialised cells in the brain, bone marrow, eyes and intestines.
Cell membranes are responsible for regulating the contents of the
cells, to enable the cells to function correctly. It also promotes
healthy hair and hair growth and helps in controlling oestrogen
levels. Inositol is needed for health at cellular level. A good
concentration of inositol is found in the lens of the eye as well as
the heart. Inositol is closely related to choline - in fact the two
work together to make neurotransmitters and the fatty substances for
cell membranes, as well as helping to metabolise and move out fats
from the liver.
Coffee interferes with the body’s absorption of
which is necessary for red blood cell production. Drinking caffeine
at the same time as an iron source can reduce absorption by up to
The caffeine in coffee also causes
to be excreted in the urine and faeces. For every 150 mg of coffee
ingested, (about the amount in one cup of coffee), 5 mg of calcium is
lost. This effect occurs even hours after the consumption of
caffeine. Postmenopausal women who consume more than 300 mg of coffee
per day lose more bone in the spine than women who consumed less.
Coffee also inhibits the amount of calcium that is absorbed through
the intestinal tract and depletes the amount retained by the bones.
People with high coffee intake suffer more hip fractures than those
that avoid coffee.
Coffee also also reduces the absorption of
copper. It also increases the excretion of the minerals
Deficiency in any of these essential minerals can be highly
detrimental to the health. See the
COFFEE OVERWORKS THE ADRENAL
GLANDS, SLOWS SPORTS PERFORMANCE
AND INCREASES WEIGHT
Coffee has an acid-based oil which is an irritant to gastric mucosa. It simulates the secretion of gastric acidity and this results in secretion of adrenalin. The secretion of adrenalin stimulates insulin secretion with consequent secondary hypoglycaemia.
The end results are tension, a rise in blood pressure, a craving for sweets
2-3 hours later, low energy and mood levels and over working of the adrenal glands. All of which negatively affects health,
weight, exercise and sports performance.
Due to this, and the reduction in so many essential nutrients that
drinking coffee creates in the body, weight gain and obesity are the
Eat fresh fruit like
berries and drink pure additive free, unsweetened and artificial
orange juice each time you have the desire for a cup of coffee
and see the weight fall off.
The extra weight gained from coffee
consumption will be lost even faster if all processed foods,
especially ready meals, bread, cheese and sugar, are avoided.
The body will suddenly wake up from its
coffee-induced slumber within just two days and begin to
clean out the toxins, intestinal sludge and fat built-up over years
of drinking coffee. Stay off coffee and keep to the foods listed below and
weight will be reduced very quickly but without lose of vital nutrients:
apple cider vinegar,
bell peppers (all colours),
brine pickles, Brussel sprouts,
green beans, green leafy vegetables,
krill oil (one capsule a day),
peppercorns (all colours), pheasant,
sweet potatoes, Swede,
walnuts (only 5 halves per day),
NOTE: When consuming tea or green leafy vegetables always eat
strawberries or a kiwi fruit,
tangerine or some
When consuming any foods containing fat-soluble nutrients, such as
beta-carotene, always consume some
nuts, fish oils,
olive oil or
avocado at the same time to enable absorption.
COFFEE COUNTERACTS MEDICATIONS FOR PAIN, OBESITY, HYPERTENSION AND DEPRESSION
The secondary rise in plasma epinephrine due to the low blood sugar will undo whatever good medications are doing to counteract the hyperactive dopaminergic system in patients suffering from pain, obesity, hypertension or depression. A few minutes after drinking coffee, the stimulation of the dopaminergic system results in cold extremities along with simultaneous rise in deep (visceral) temperature.
A patient with high fever is harmed by coffee, but helped by tea and lemon juice. The decaffeinated coffee contains the same acid oil, and thus is no better than
THE "BUZZ" FROM COFFEE
The "buzz" or brief stimulation gained from coffee actually contributes to re-bound fatigue when the stimulating effects wear off. Repeated stimulation can contribute to the exhaustion of key organs like the
adrenal glands. To gain the same "buzz", try Chinese jasmine green tea, instead. It
is an effective stimulant without many of the negative health effects.
Caffeine consumption can trigger arrhythmias (abnormal beatings of the heart) and hence caution is advised to
patients with a heart condition history.
ALTERNATIVES TO COFFEE
The obvious one is
which is very good for the body and mind especially green
tea. See below.
Cupuaçu is a super fruit, related to the cocoa family,
which has a caffeine-like effect, but does not contain caffeine.
Because of this and its nutrient rich content it is a far healthier
substitute for coffee.
During World War II roasted
asparagus seeds were given to substitute coffee beans. Apparently the
taste is very similar.
A brew made with
chickpeas is another far healthier alternative.
Avoid sugar free sweeteners too. See
Aspartame Dangers page. Use
honey to sweeten instead of
sugar if required. Fruit juice is best of all especially
pomegranate and can be heated with
cinnamon for a very nutritious healthy alternative.
Home made fresh vegetable soups with herbs and spices are also a very healthy
Purchase a 900 watt juicer and juice vegetables,
herbs, spices and fruits for a highly nutritious and weight reducing
alternative. See the
Raw Juice Therapy page for recipes.
NOTE: Avoid ginger
if taking anticoagulants (blood thinning medication) or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory such as aspirin and ibuprofen due to the risk of bleeding.
BLACK OR GREEN TEA INSTEAD
It is no wonder the British are a
nation of great tea drinkers like the Chinese. Tea is a highly
beneficial, medicinal and nutritious alternative to coffee due to the process coffee goes through to become a beverage. Tea
leaves are simply dried so they do not lose their essential
In moderation, tea is a useful nervous-system stimulant
and can reduce
mental and physical stress and producing feelings of relaxation plus
improve cognition and mood. It regulates breathing, digestion and circulation
and is useful for diarrhoea, sinusitis, flu, herpes, and teeth cavities.
It an also reduce the risk of strokes,
stabilizes the heart, calms the nerves, regulates the heart beat,
regulates bodily fluids and prevents dehydration, good for water
retention sufferers, promotes healthy eyes and skin,
aids in building bones and healing wounds,
inhibits the growth of many pre-cancerous tumours,
can lower LDL cholesterol and increase the blood levels of HDL (good
Tea can also help to
maintain precise communication between the central nervous system
and the brain. These are also the nutrients found in tea that helps
speed up the body’s metabolism through the break down of fat,
help in the prevention of heart disease,
lowers the risk of strokes in the elderly and helps in the prevention of kidney failure.
Black and green
maintains steady blood sugar levels so is good for those suffering
with Type II diabetes. Also persons suffering from water retention (enema)
may benefit greatly from drinking tea and should eat a
banana or two per day as well. Tea also stimulates the
production of stomach acid, which helps the body absorb
vitamin B12 (riboflavin). Drinking 3 cups of tea a day
can also lower the blood pressure.
Green tea, and to a lesser
extent black tea, is believed to have powerful anti-cancer
is the major catechin found in green tea. This is the most powerful
antioxidant known and has been proven to be extremely effective in
fighting prostate, oesophageal, stomach, and mouth
helps to stunt the growth of tumours. Green tea also contains
polyphenols and caffeine.
According to the U.K. daily requirements, four cups of
tea contain the following nutrients: 10%
vitamin B1 (thiamine), 25%
vitamin B2 (riboflavin), 6%
vitamin B9 (folic acid), 10-25%
vitamin C (black tea 10%; green tea 25%), 45%
zinc, 45% natural
fluoride. Additional components
of the tea leaf are
catechin, polyphenols, derived
tannins, theaflavins, thearubigins,
caffeine, theophylline, and theobromine.
Tea is the only natural source of fluoride for humans. Fluoride
strengthens tooth enamel and decreases mouth bacteria. Tea makes a
great mouthwash since it inhibits the growth of E. coli and
Streptococcus. Externally, tea is useful for stopping bleeding, healing sores and as a mouthwash for ulcers.
Non-heme iron is found in vegetables like spinach and
kale. Tea, as well as green leafy vegetables has oxalates that block
the absorption of iron. To assist the body in the absorption of non-heme
iron from tea and those healthy green leafy vegetables, eat a couple
tangerine or some
mango if having tea with a meal or snack.
Adding one teaspoon of
milk to a cup of tea provides 25% RDA of calcium.
(instead of sugar) to sweeten tea if
especially green tea, seed, flower, spiced and herbal teas for a
truly beneficial and medicinal effect upon the system. Adding lemon juice increases the benefits of tea also.
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