How Much Do You Like Your Coffee?

Introduction

As a nation we drink on average, 2.5 cups per week and we definitely can’t get through the week without it. Can you guess what it is? If you haven’t guessed it by now after reading the title, I think you’re in the wrong place.

Coffee is a great way to catch up with friends and relax. I’ll admit it, I do too like my coffee and whilst it is okay to have it every once in a while, I think it is important to know the effects coffee has on the body.

Some naturally occurring compounds in coffee include; caffeine, antioxidants and diterpenes. Not only do these compounds give the coffee its unique flavour, it also leads to the physiological changes within the body, especially caffeine.

We know coffee primarily for its caffeine. So what does it do? Well caffeine acts as a stimulator for your nervous system. Adenosine which plays an important role in your sleep pattern get blocked by caffeine, thus causing energy spikes in the body to get you through your day. Continuous blocking of adenosine through caffeine intake will cause insomnia and poor sleep quality (waking several times through the night and waking up groggy). This is fortunately reversible. A good night sleep is ONE OF THE MOST important things for your health. It’s up there with good nutrition, exercise and Chiropractic care. Whether you want to get fit, gain muscle, lose weight, improve your mood, decrease your stress, heal from chronic pain or from an acute injury, a good night sleep is one of the things that’s required to get you there.

Coffee can make the liver dysfunctional. The liver is the second largest organ in the human body (after the skin) and important for the function of many things in the body. One of them being the hormonal system, which I can cover in the next blog.

Have you ever had a sudden urge to go to the toilet after drinking coffee? Well that’s because coffee also increases acid levels in the stomach. On an empty stomach this can cause irritation of the gut lining in your stomach leading to pain, bloating and heart burn.

Caffeine can also affect your heart. In high dosages it can elevate your blood epinephrine levels. Epinephrine also known as adrenaline can cause an increase in contractibility of your heart and increase in blood pressure. If you have a heart condition you may want to stay away from coffee or any caffeinated beverages.

Caffeine can last about 5.7 hours in the human body. When you have that second cup of coffee during midday, you’re still processing the coffee you had in the morning. If you are that type of person to drink more than two cups of coffee a day, think about it. By the end of the day you will still be processing the caffeine and this is one of the reasons why more than 2 – 3 coffees a day can be so detrimental to your sleep.

Listen to your body. If you’re showing signs of heavy breathing, increased heart beat or even insomnia it is likely that you’re suffering from side effects of caffeine. If you really can’t give up your coffee… I usually say ‘tough’ but at the end of the day, it’s your body and your choice so just make sure you have coffee in moderate amounts.

If you ask me what amount of coffee is okay to have, I would say 1 per week. But realistically, most people drink WAY more than this. Therefore cut it down gradually and eventually only have it casually. There ARE other choices in a café if you look for it.

Coffee and its effects

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Coffee… does it make you fat or skinny?

Coffee makes me skinny! Really?

There are so many different ideas and theories about coffee and if it makes you fat or skinny.

Most commonly people think that coffee makes you ‘skinny’ because it ‘increases’ your metabolism. Well, that’s not correct and you don’t need that kind of disinformation.

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It is just another drug, such as alcohol or cigarettes. It’s highly addictive. What’s worse is that people have no idea how much it affects them and not just their physique. It influences their hormone regulation, energy, sleep, cardiovascular system (leading to heart disease), blood sugar (leading to diabetes), joints, muscles, bones (leading to chronic musculoskeletal conditions), and much more.

Did you know that sugar, caffeine, and alcohol are the leading causes of high blood pressure and thus heart disease?

I see client after client who drinks 3-4 coffees per day and don’t realize that it causes a lot of their musculoskeletal and health problems.

Coffee’s ability to make you fat has nothing to do with the added creamer or sweetener. Plain black coffee can make you fat. Coffee and caffeine trigger fat storage in human fat cells. Coffee/caffeine impairs blood glucose levels, thus triggering a metabolic cascade of negative physical events in the human body.

At any rate, even decaffeinated coffee has been proven to acutely impair glucose metabolism in healthy young men. So, clearly the pathogenesis of plain coffee—without caffeine—stimulates blood glucose imbalance and impacts adipose tissue fat production.

 

The hormone regulation

Cortisol:

Drinking regular coffee also causes the secretion of cortisol, a stress hormone, and a biochemical marker of stress that triggers belly-fat accumulation. Dr. Henry Kahn of the Emory University School of Medicine states, “There’s something about fat cells in the body—the way they respond to stress hormones. People with high levels of stress hormones have a tendency to store fat in their bellies.”
Stress activates cortisol, and so does the consumption of coffee and caffeine. Since stress and ingestion of cortisol-elevating foods and beverages are the main cause of cortisol elevation in humans. Avoiding the stimulation of cortisol is important in keeping body fat levels low.

Blood sugar / Insulin:

The biochemical disruptions caused by drinking coffee and/or caffeinated drinks (such as energy drinks) are related to their glycemic properties. Coffee elicits an acute insulin-insensitive environment in both healthy and obese individuals, and in type 2 diabetics. Researchers at Duke University Medical Center stated that “Daily consumption of coffee, tea, or soft drinks raises blood sugar levels and may even hinder efforts to control the condition [blood-sugar elevation].”
Simply put, elevating blood sugar and/or insulin levels in humans causes weight gain via adipose tissue fat cells.

 

Conclusions

Here’s the bottom line: Drinking coffee and/or caffeine energy drinks disrupts weight loss and elevates cortisol-driven belly fat. So, avoiding coffee and caffeine-related blood glucose excursions and cortisol elevation is mandatory in keeping fat cells at bay.

Read my next blog post for recommendations on what to replace your coffee with and how to beat your coffee addiction!

 

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