Don’t be addicted. Utilize it at times, but don’t be addicted. It is interesting when we consider the argument has been running strong even among the alternative health leaders for years now.
Coffee – is it good or is it bad.
I believe there is good to be found in coffee. To be found in small amounts of naturally occurring caffeine. Which then leads me to believe that caffeine in general, at lower levels is good. But as Dr. Ben Lerner once said, “you don’t want to have to drink a cup of coffee just to get back to tired”.
He was referencing those who are addicted to the point where there is no alteration in biochemical state, it simply brings you back to tired. This is a point where I would like none of my flock to be. So, if you like a daily cup of coffee, then push to drink a cup of decaf at least three times a week.
Decaf however, opens up a whole host of concerns. The greatest one being the processing of caffeinated beans to decaf beans. The only process I like is the water process involving carbon dioxide, any other process (which means if the processing cannot be determined, it is another process), adds some form of toxin to your body, commonly a toxic metal. Starbucks for example is NOT a clean decaf. Starbucks is NOT a clean coffee. I do however LOVE the flavor of Starbucks, and I typically get one two times a week, and boy do I enjoy that. One of my vices, I don’t take it lightly, and I most commonly speak these words – “testing my liver here, this is a test of my liver“.
That awareness is what stops me from OVER – testing my liver. So you might need to utter similar words yourself. What about the benefits? The key things that we hear more and more these days, are that the anti-oxidant benefit is significant (coffee not caffeine). And the benefit is more significant in a younger bean, or green bean as we sometimes see listed.
Energy drinks on the other hand, have no value. The caffeine is not naturally occurring, it is cleaved and added. It is a dose that is inappropriate, and I have had multiple stories from patients developing high blood pressure, which immediately stopped at the conclusion of their consumption of energy drinks. YOUNG patients in their 30’s and 40’s at most. Energy drinks, on average, are doing NOTHING good for you and you should cease and desist.
I want to lastly close you with the problem with addiction. You lose a pathway to energy development with too much caffeine. The action of cyclic AMP is limited in high caffeine lifestyles, causing you to have an inability to recreate ATP from ADP utilizing the AMP. What does this mean? You weaken a biological process. I give the full explanation in my 60 Day Turnaround, look for it soon.
Be well and Be blessed! - Dr. E