I’m going to make an announcement that will cause most of our readers to want to turn off their computers and literally throw them out the window.
I recommend that you stop drinking coffee.
I know, you think I’m crazy, and if you’re one of the millions of people all over the world who enjoy their morning cup of Joe, (or cups, plural), you may feel like your world is turning upside down, your morning routine will be ruined, and how could you possibly get through the day? Before you continue to drink coffee thinking that it just gives you a buzz and causes no harm to your body, you may want to read up on some of the negative side effects to your coffee addiction. Caffeine, the ingredient in your coffee that gives you that extra pep in your step, can be dangerous to your body.
I don’t think anyone would recommend that you never drink coffee again, but those of you who drink a pot a day might want to reconsider your beverage choices. Here are the top ten reasons that you should stop, or limit your consumption of coffee. Spoiler Alert! Be prepared: after reading these ten tips, you’ll never look at your coffee the same way again!
Caffeine is Damaging to Your Liver
First it is important to realize that caffeine just isn’t that easy to digest. To break down the coffee you ingest and deliver that burst of energy to your blood stream, your liver uses enzymes. If all of your enzymes are hard at work within your liver trying to break down the caffeine, they aren’t ready and active in your blood to knock out other bad chemicals it needs to get rid of. People who drink too much coffee often have difficulty getting rid of chemicals from their bodies, and their liver function is off.
Your Sex Drive Will Increase
Stop drinking coffee and you may see a huge gain in your sex drive! The adrenal glands in our bodies are the glands responsible for making hormones that make us feel sexual, like testosterone. If you have low testosterone, you will have a lower sex drive. Both woman and men have testosterone, obviously lesser amounts in women. But both sexes will see a difference in their sex drive if they drink too much coffee. If your cravings for sex have decreased and you drink a lot of coffee, weaning yourself off may be the first step to getting your sex drive back to normal.
Along those same lines, people can have trouble getting pregnant or impregnating their spouse if they consume too much caffeine. To carry a baby, a woman has to have a certain amount of a hormone called progesterone. This hormone also helps women to become pregnant. Our adrenal glands make another hormone called cortisol, which is used up by our bodies during times of stress. If our adrenal glands are suffering, they can’t make cortisol, and your body may take progesterone so it can make more cortisol. And without the progesterone, you can’t get pregnant or carry a baby through a full term. If you are attempting to get pregnant, cutting the caffeine from your diet is step one.
Caffeine is also blamed for eliminating your feelings of being happy, as it kills the neurotransmitters in your body. Your brain won’t be able to produce enough of these happy chemicals with lower neurotransmitters. People who are depressed are often lacking in a hormone called serotonin, which keeps you feeling good and satisfied. Caffeine is actually one of the main suppressants of serotonin, so steer clear of coffee if you suffer from depression or are feeling a little down in the dumps. While most people believe that coffee will lift them up, in the long run, it pulls them down.
Caffeine Can Kill Your Energy Level!
We previously mentioned your adrenal glands. Well your adrenal glands actually store energy on your behalf, and they make chemicals that help your brain to feel happy, strong and motivated. Because caffeine is a stimulant, it causes your nervous system to run on high, making adrenaline, which we know we need in situations requiring action, or stress. If you can tolerate high levels of caffeine without a response, this is a bad thing- it means that your glands have actually stopped responding to you, like the boy who cried wolf! This can leave you susceptible to accidents, sleepiness, and health problems.
We’ve all heard not to drink coffee after dinner because the caffeine will make you stay up all night, and it’s true. Sleep is important. It refuels our bodies and our minds. Caffeine truly depletes your level and length of sleep, and people who drink more than three cups of coffee per day are scientifically proven to have less than restful sleep. If you have severe sleep issues, your number one item on your to do list is to quit the coffee.
Believe it or not, coffee has the most pesticides of any food on this earth. So let’s be clear- I’m not saying it has traces of pesticides, I’m saying you can’t find any other plant in the world that has a higher toxicity of pesticides than coffee. It is so heavily treated with chemicals and fertilizers that it is even proving deadly in crop workers in many countries. Studies have shown over a thousand chemicals in coffee! If this isn’t enough to put your cup down, read on… about twenty of these chemicals are proven to cause cancer. Is it worth the risk?
Because caffeine slows down your body’s ability to absorb vitamins, minerals, and other valuable materials, which are vital for your health, drinking too much caffeine can actually cause your body to be unable to take in some of the very valuable ingredients you are feeding it. As an example, coffee can limit your holdings of iron by more than fifty percent. So besides the fact that this is bad for your health, if you are working hard to get all the necessary vitamins and minerals into your diet (by eating alone or through expensive multi-vitamins), you are simply throwing your money out the window (or ‘pissing it away’ as some would say)!
Caffeine Can Cause Obesity
As previously mentioned, caffeine stresses your adrenal glands, and your adrenal glands work cooperatively with your thyroid, the gland that takes care of our metabolism. If you have a slow thyroid, you will have slow metabolism, which means you’ll gain weight more easily than someone with a ‘normal’ metabolism. By drinking too much coffee, you’re intentionally slowing down your metabolism. So if weight is an issue for you, eliminating coffee from your daily diet is an easy first step to losing those unwanted pounds.
Lastly, caffeine limits the ability of our immune system to properly function. Your adrenal glands create or support over a hundred different hormones which help to keep you in good health. Caffeine has been shown to actually limit production by your adrenal glands, which eventually leads to lowered immunity, meaning more illness. So staying away from excess caffeine can actually strengthen your body’s ability to fight infection.
While these ten items may not have fully convinced you to stay away from coffee all together, hopefully it has shed new light on some of the secret negative side effects that truly exist from consuming too much caffeine.
I was like many of you; I started each day with an extra-large mug of coffee, typically refilling it two to three times each and every morning. If I felt a little sleepy mid-afternoon, I’d have another cup, just to ‘get me through the day’. After several years of seeing my coffee intake increase, while my energy level, positive spirit and health decreased, I knew something was off.
I was always thirsty, I had dry skin, and I couldn’t function without the caffeine. I’d suffer from extreme headaches if I skipped my morning cup of coffee, and I eventually realized, this was all due to my coffee addition.
After reading up on the subject and learning some of these facts, I was quite literally disgusted, and felt they needed to be shared with the world. Naturally, the billion dollar coffee industry doesn’t advertise these facts, just the positives.
If you’re like me and want to rid your life of the caffeine addiction, don’t fool yourself into thinking you can kick the habit overnight; you should wean yourself off of the caffeine like any other addiction. The cravings will eventually go away, and after weeks you’ll most like be able to make the transition without serious side effects.
Don’t take this lightly; you may want to discuss an extreme caffeine addiction with a medical professional so that you can detoxify your body safely.
Now and then I’ll enjoy a small cup of coffee, but I insist on organic coffee beans and I limit it to one. My health is more important than any momentary buzz, no matter how good it may feel at the time!