Caffeine is the most common natural stimulant and can be found in many plant species (about 60).
It seems coffee was discovered by Ethiopian nomads who had observed how their animals seemed more energetic after eating the coffee tree fruits. When they ate the seeds, they all felt more joyful and started to use it during their rituals once they learned to extract a juice from the roasted seeds. They started to use coffee only during their ceremonies and religious rituals. They used to meet once a week and drink a lot of coffee all night long to keep awake and pray.
Coffee is a strong stimulant, it is one of the main killers of the gut acidophilic bacterias and it is the number one enemy of kidneys and liver.
In summary, Coffee
- is an addictive drug, causing withdrawal symptoms and headache when you quit it;
- is often associated with different types of cancers: ovary’s, bladder’s, pancreas’, breast’s, stomach’s and large intestine’s;
- caffeine is a toxic alkaloid that irritates the nervous system and causes cardiac arrhythmia;
- irritates the stomach;
- damages the liver;
- is loaded with oxalic acid which grabs and binds calcium to create kidney stones;
- acidifies the blood;
- bothers digestion;
- jeopardizes sleep and the assimilation circadian cycle;
- can lead to depression;
- reduces your blood vessels’ diameter;
- causes high blood pressure and irregular coronary circulation;
- slows down the intestinal peristalsis.
- A little cup of coffee needs 24 hours to go through the kidneys and the urinary system.
Someone claims coffee has some good effects on our health and they might be right, but, I ask myself, is it really worth it if we consider the above mentioned?
I used to be addicted to coffee and drink about 7 Italian expressos a day. For Italians coffee is part of our tradition, culture and genetic. I have never asked myself whether coffee was good or bad for my health, I simply gave for granted that it had to be part of my life. I could drink coffee and go to sleep, I used to drink it without sugar, sometimes with milk (how nice to have a cappuccino in the morning!), I could have 2 in a row and feel “perfectly fine”. Still, I used to suffer from migraines, gut irritation, gastritis and I never thought coffee had anything to do with these alignments. One day I did a detox, quit coffee for some time to cleanse my system and when I got back to drink it, I could feel it was not as harmless as I had thought. So, I quit it and for the past 8 years I have been caffeine-free and energy-full! No more migraines, irritated gut, gastritis.
Now, I am not saying you need to quit it like I did, we all have to find our own way to achieve balance and happiness. If you love coffee too much and are not prepared to quit it, then be conscious of its effect on your health, choose quality over quantity, pick organic coffee, avoid instant coffee and from time to time, quit it for few days to give a rest to your kidneys and liver and remind yourself that you are the one in control of your body and cravings!
Remember, the mother of our addictions is always our brain, so, just start to change some of your least healthy habits little by little and detoxing might be a good way to start.
Stay tuned if you are interested to learn more about my Summer 5-Day Fertility Challenge. Nothing better than few days of detoxification to enter the summer season and boost your fertility.
If you want to share your experience with coffee, please leave a comment below. I am sure you will be inspiring for others!