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Think your coffee is good for you? Think again… Love coffee? Yeah me, too!
That was until I discovered how coffee can make it harder to get happy, healthy, and fit. And even when I learned it was unhealthy I still had a very tough time giving it up… because I am very reactive to coffee. The more reactive you are, the easier it is to get addicted to coffee.
If you’re a coffee lover, that struggles with motivation, fatigue, food cravings, and weight loss… and crave coffee – this is a must read.
Is Coffee Good For You?
The answer is no, if you’re a poor metabolizer of coffee it’s not good for you at all.
When you metabolize coffee well you’ll feel energized, can stimulate the metabolism, increase cellular movement, mobilize fat, and promote healthy weight loss.
If you don’t metabolize coffee well – or it’s toxins or allergens – drinking coffee can negatively impact your metabolism, health, and mood..,
I find a lot of people are drinking coffee don’t really know how to tell if their coffee is also making them fat, sick and fatigued.
That’s what today’s episode of CCtv is all about. I’ll share the top ways to tell if coffee is bad for you and give a healthier coffee alternative that can also help you get more happy, healthy, and fit. (WOO!)
This is the coffee alternative with nootropic properties that I mentioned in the video.
Why Is Coffee Isn’t Good for You
Coffee is acidic, moldy, toxic, and when paired with other ingredients it can easily cause cravings, which in-turn can create dozens of different health issues, including, hormone imbalances, adrenal fatigue, depression, and stubborn fat.
Top Signs Coffee Isn’t Good For You
Here are the top symptoms that you’re having a bad reaction and don’t metabolize coffee (or a toxin in coffee) well:
- Tired but wired
- are tired all day, but wide awake at night
- get bloated
- feel irritable or on edge
- crave coffee and feel resistance to giving it up
Some people react to the coffee itself and don’t metabolize it well.
A lot of people think that their coffee gives them the jitters, or sweats… people assume that the caffeine in coffee is the reason why they feel wired yet tired.
But other caffeine rich drinks like tea don’t have the same effect…
So why does coffee make you feel so icky while other caffeinated drinks don’t? It could be because of the coffee itself… but there are other ways coffee can become toxic and cause adverse reactions, too. Let’s go over the most common reasons…
Coffee Contains Toxic Mold
Mycotoxins aka mold grow rampantly in hot and humid conditions… which is the ideal growing climate for most mass-produced coffee growers… especially large brand-name commodity-type coffee growers… big companies that make coffee have profits in mind… so they focus on production vs. quality. (Starbucks is one of the worst offenders!!)
Mycotoxins are most prevalent in coffee beans grown in lower elevations, with higher humidity and “processed naturally” by allowing the beans to sit outside longer further exposing them to the humid, mold-growing conditions.
Coffee is Sprayed with chemicals
Coffee beans are best for 3 weeks after they mature… However, most low quality coffee producers stockpile their moldy beans for up to 12 months before they’re sold to manufacturers.
After the beans are sold, they’re ground, packaged and distributed to your grocery store…. Where they remain (for months) until they’re purchased.
The coffee beans remain in big piles that are often times sprayed with pesticides and other chemicals.
If your body is shaking or you’re having a jittery reaction when you’re drinking coffee it’s highly likely that you’re having a reaction to mold or the chemicals coffee is sprayed with.
Coffee is Contains other Allergens
In a perfect world ordering a cup of black coffee is just that—brewed beans and nothing else.
But, coffee is a mass produced commodity that is often times unknowingly cut with things like corn, wheat, barley and other grains.
Even if you’re aware of allergies, often time allergens are hidden with chemically-sounding names on nutrition labels. Tricky tricky!
So even if you’re a black coffee drinker, it could be activating your (unknown) allergies. Those allergies in turn, can cause inflammation which makes your body a lot more likely to hold onto fat instead of releasing it.
Sweeteners Make Coffee More Unhealthy (Black Tastes Whack!)
Typically we add sweeteners, creamers, milk, flavored syrups, ice cream, whipped cream, drizzles of caramel, and/or chocolate chips – turning your morning cup into a full-blown bomb of BS that triggers the body to store fat instead of burn it!
Dairy products are typically processed and pasteurized, killing most of the beneficial nutrients leaving behind hormones, antibiotics, and milk sugars (lactose.)
To it, adding sweeteners, flavors, and more turning a cup of coffee into a dessert. Those additives are often times processed and refined, adding a toxic punch to your body, sending your blood sugar off the chart, triggering cravings later when you crash.
Make sure you’re using a healthy nut milk and a healthy sweetener like stevia or monkfruit instead of commercial dairy products and processed sugars to help prevent blood sugar spikes.
Coffee is Acidic
The acids in coffee can throw off your pH balance. Your pH balance is a natural way your body balances the by-products caused keeping you healthy and functioning. Have you ever had sore muscles after a workout?
That’s built up lactic acid that’s produced naturally when you exercise. pH is the abbreviation for potential hydrogen. The pH of any solution is the measure of its hydrogen-ion concentration.
The higher the pH reading, the more alkaline and oxygen rich the fluid is. The lower the pH reading, the more acidic and oxygen deprived the fluid is.
The pH range is from 0 to 14, with 7.0 being neutral. Anything above 7.0 is alkaline, anything below 7.0 is considered acidic.
The body has to have a balanced pH like most living things on earth or it does not function correctly.
The alkaline level is very important because research has already proven that disease cannot survive in an alkaline state and yet they thrive in an acidic environment.
Coffee ranks a 5 on the pH balance scale with pure water ranking a 7 so alone; coffee isn’t as acidic as say, a cup of orange juice.
But artificial additives, preservatives, and dairy products can take your acid off the chart fast. Artificial sweeteners are one of the most acidic things you can consume. That means, the lighter and sweeter your coffee becomes, the more acidic it gets.
Preservatives from artificial ingredients will preserve toxins. Toxins, stay stagnant in your fat and over time, as they attempt to digest, produce acid. If you keep drinking and eating foods that create toxins, those toxins in turn create more acids.
Body fat soaks up acid and toxins like a sponge. When you’re eating artificial sweeteners, with full fat dairy– you’re literally turning yourself into a fat, fatigued, sick, frustrated acid-filled zombie.
The more acidic your pH balance becomes, the more susceptible you are to symptoms like, dandruff, dry skin, breakouts, cellulite, sinus infections, etc.
TIPS TO GET OFF COFFEE & HEALTHY COFFEE ALTERNATIVES
If you’re reactive to coffee you can switch to tea. This is the coffee alternative with nootropic properties that I mentioned in the video.
I’d also strongly recommend doing a whole food Cleanse. Not a juice cleanse – not something you buy in a box in a store.
Which is exactly why I created my Reset Cleanse. It’s a powerful whole food cleanse that can detox your body to reverse metabolic dysfunction naturally… and you can lose up to 10 pounds in 7 days.
Do you think coffee isn’t agreeing with you? Let me know what you think in the comments.
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Christina Carlyle is a certified Holistic Nutritionist, Sports Nutrition Specialist, Personal Trainer, Health Coach, & Behavior Modification Specialist. After overcoming her own health issues, getting off 7 medications, & losing 40 pounds (& keeping it off for 10+ years) she’s dedicated to helping others get Happy, Healthy, & Fit for life, with science-backed strategies. Christina shares real deal (no BS) weight loss and wellness advice, workouts, and recipes that get results and work in the real world.