- Coffee is an extremely acidifying drink and can deprive us of nutrients.
Many people ask nutritionists if drinking coffee is as bad as they say, if they really should stop drinking it to be healthy, since they love it and it is one of their comfort foods.
It is fine if you drink coffee because of some social reasons rather than of necessity. But it is a completely different case if you drink it in order to wake up or because you’re looking for a “energy kick” to continue your day.
Since you’re on this website, you’re more likely looking for a cleaner diet, to wake up with a lot of vitality and without the need of coffee. Good news there are lots of alternatives to it and we will tell you about them but first, let’s see what are the reasons to stop drinking coffee regularly:
1. Coffee is an extremely acidifying drink
To follow the idea of healthy lifestyle, we need to pamper our body with foods that promote the alkalinity of the blood and do not activate compensatory mechanisms in the body such as decalcifying the bones and injecting calcium (alkalizing mineral) into our blood plasma.
2. Coffee can deprive us of nutrients
An abuse of coffee can cause a deficit of B vitamins, specifically B1, thiamine. This can make us feel tired, nervous and sore. In addition, consuming coffee regularly can cause poor absorption of nutrients in the small intestine, which would lead to future deficiencies.
3. Coffee is one of the crops to which more pesticides are applied
The main exporters of coffee are the countries of South America, such as Colombia, where pesticides such as heptachlor, chlordane and dieldrin are used. These chemicals are toxins for our body.
4. Drinking coffee for a long time can take its toll on our liver
Liver is responsible for burning fat and purifying the body. It can overload itself trying to purify all the chemical residues of coffee, along with all its caffeine. This prevents our blood from being cleaned properly and we can regenerate our tissues healthily.
5. Coffee stresses the adrenal glands
Are you one of those who can not get rid of dark circles beneath the eyes? This may be related to an overload of your adrenal glands. Coffee contains an acidic oil that irritates the lining of the stomach and promotes gastric acidity. This causes our body to secrete adrenaline, which at the same time stimulates the secretion of insulin and can trigger hypoglycemia, leading to the appearance of cravings for sweets, energy ups and downs and mood swings.
Even so, if you insist on drinking coffee, take note of the following recommendations:
- Always drink organic coffee: do not contaminate your body with all the chemicals used in coffee cultivation.
- Do not think decaf is better: decaffeinated coffee is extracted caffeine using a chemical called trichlorethylene, the same used for dry cleaning and decreasing of metals.
- If you like to drink coffee with milk or sugar, use vegetable milks and sweeteners such as stevia, coconut nectar or maple syrup. We do not want to further acidify the drink by adding a milk or sugar.
- Go for tea: black tea, yerba mate or Matcha tea contain substances similar to caffeine or derivatives but in smaller quantities, and are good substitutes in your transition.
- Do not drink more than 1 coffee a day. A cup of coffee is not going to hurt you, but it will always be better if you reduce it to just a few times a week.