Health After Years of Drinking Coffee, Regular or Decaffeinated
Donna F. Smith, Ph.D., N.D., C.C.N.
most people are aware to avoid coffee, though some may still think decaffeinated
is okay. In this article, you will go beyond the fact that only "caffeine"
in coffee is harmful for you. You will learn some nutritional biochemical facts
about regular and decaffeinated coffee to give you additional reasons to avoid
both, and learn how to improve your health after years of drinking coffee. Few
people are aware of the subtle and lasting side effects of long-term coffee drinking
unless one is proactive in improving their health after years of drinking coffee.
purpose of this article is to answer some of the questions people have about drinking
coffee. For example, is the "buzz." of energy bad for me. Many
people think, " I can't get up and out in the morning without my coffee." Another
question, this article will answer is how coffee causes the bowels to move. Some
people boast, "I am regular as clockwork as long as I drink my coffee." It
is important to have energy and regularly detoxify waste from the body; however,
for the good coffee appears to be doing, when you understand how coffee does this,
you may want to reconsider drinking coffee.
overworks the adrenal glands and adversely affects sports performance. It
also interferes with some medications for pain, depression, hypertension and obesity. Coffee
causes nutritional deficiencies which can lead to poor athletic performance and
alternatives to coffee are included in this article. Some of these healthier
beverages have a wonderful coffee-flavor yet are not made from coffee beans. This
way, coffee-lovers can have the best of both worlds, the taste without side effects.
WHY COFFEE AFFECTS THE BOWELS
people are aware of the ill affect of drinking coffee because it contains caffeine. Actually,
coffee is a narcotic beverage. The caffeine in the coffee belongs to the
same alkaloid group of chemicals as morphine, cocaine and strychnine. It
is no surprise then why people have such a difficult time, at first, letting go
of coffee, and replacing it with healthier beverages. Caffeine combines with
the stomach s hydrochloric acid and forms a potent toxin, caffeine hydrochloride. As
this toxin is absorbed into your portal circulation and hits your liver, bile
is released in an attempt to flush the toxin from your system. This accounts
for the increase in bowel "regularity" of which many coffee drinkers
boast. If you are one of these people, you might ask yourself, "Is such
a toxin-induced flush really very health promoting? Or Isn't there a healthier
way for me to be regular?" The answer, of course, is "No"
to the first, and "Yes" to the second question. (For a healthier
method of regularity, see the section below on the liver.)
CONTAINS HARMFUL CHEMICALS
decaffeinated coffee is no better than drinking regular coffee because of the
large concentration of the chemical Trichloroethylene. It is used mainly
as a de-greasing agent in the metal industry and as a solvent and dry cleaning
agent in the clothing industry. Trichloroethylene is related to plastic chemical
vinyl chloride, which has been linked to certain types of liver cancer. Columbian
coffee planters have regularly used deadly pesticides on their plants for over
20 years. Some include Aldrin, Dieldrin, Chlordane and Heptachlor. Some
speculate that coffee beans are the most significant source of these deadly toxins
in U.S. diets.
extreme temperatures in the roasting process of coffee beans depletes the beans
of its natural oils. Though it may enhance their aroma, high heat actually
causes the oils to become rancid.
chlorogenic acid found in coffee has also been linked to toxic side effects.
OVERWORKS THE ADRENALS AND SLOWS SPORTS PERFORMANCE
has an acid-based oil which is an irritant to gastric mucosa. It simulates the
secretion of gastric acidity and this results in secretion of adrenalin. The
secretion of adrenalin stimulates insulin secretion with consequent secondary
hypoglycemia. The end results are tension, mild rise in blood pressure, 2-3
hours later a craving for sweets, low energy and mood levels, and over working
of the adrenal glands. All of which negatively affects health, exercise and
COUNTERACTS MEDICATIONS FOR PAIN, OBESITY, HYPERTENSION AND DEPRESSION
secondary rise in plasma epinephrine due to the low blood sugar will undo whatever
good medications are doing to counteract the hyperactive dopaminergic system in
patients suffering from pain, obesity, hypertension or depression. A few minutes
after drinking coffee, the stimulation of the dopaminergic system results in cold
extremities along with simultaneous rise in deep (visceral) temperature. A
patient with high fever is harmed by coffee, but helped by tea and lemon juice. The
decaffeinated coffee contains the same acid oil, and thus is no better than regular
CAUSES NUTRITIONAL DEFICIENCIES
coffee drinkers create Thiamine (B-1) insufficiency. Symptoms of B-1 insufficiency
range from fatigue, nervousness, general malaise, general aches and pains to headaches.
use of coffee prevents some of the nutrients in your food from being absorbed
effectively in your small intestines, which leads to further vitamin and mineral
"BUZZ" FROM COFFEE
"buzz" or stimulation you get from coffee actually contributes to re-bound
fatigue when the stimulating effects wear off. Repeated stimulation can contribute
to the exhaustion of key organs like the liver, pancreas and adrenal glands. If
you still want that "buzz" you get from coffee and strong teas, try
Chinese Jasmine Green Tea, instead. It has an effective stimulant without
many of the negative health effects.
ALTERNATIVES TO COFFEE AND STRONG TEA
you would like a beverage with a coffee taste without the side effects, try Nature
s Sunshine Products' "Herbal Beverage." I have recommended Herbal
Beverage to my clients for years with continued positive feedback. You may
also enjoy other herbal blends with a coffee-like taste found in health food stores.
coffee, some of the strong teas we grew up with also contain caffeine. These
are still being served in most restaurants. A better alternative would be
Traditional s Dinner Mint Tea. Blackberry Tea is another good choice. After
having used strong tea and coffee for many years, you may think some herbal teas
taste weak and have no flavor in comparison when you make the switch. You
must realize, first, that your taste buds have been conditioned for "strong"
beverages. It will, also, take some weeks to detoxify your tongue of the
chemicals in strong beverages so that you may truly enjoy the wonderful flavors
and variety of herbal teas. To help you during this transition, try this
suggestion: use 2-3 herbal tea bags, instead of one, and let it steep for a longer
period of time. This will help to make the herbal tea stronger tasting.
sure to read labels and ask questions whenever you are served traditional tea
and coffee. Keep healthy tea bags in your purse or wallet and request a cup
of hot water when dining outside the home.
you are unable to locate the above-mentioned healthy beverages, please e-mail
my office and I will be glad to help you find someone near you to supply these
COFFEE DRINKING MAY PRODUCE A TOXIC LIVER
of the overload on the liver to detoxify chemical residues, long-term coffee drinkers
often have a toxic, congested liver and impure blood. The function of the
liver is to filter the blood so the blood can nourish the cells. Just like
your car's oil filter, filters the oil that gets distributed through your automobile. When
the liver is congested, it cannot function properly. The blood does not get
filtered and it circulates through the body depositing impure blood into the cells.
The cells, then, can not regenerate and grow healthy tissue. The long-term
effect, when cells cannot regenerate, is its opposite -- degenerative cells which
leads to degenerative diseases.
example of a toxic, congested liver is dark spots on the skin as the person gets
older. Some people refer to them as brown or liver spots. In later years,
these spots merge to the point that they no longer appear as spots, but discoloration
of skin. Other examples include a lack of absorption of minerals resulting
in gray hair, a protruded stomach, constipation, spastic colons, irritable bowels,
a swollen or enlarged gall bladder, and high cholesterol and triglycerides, even
after faithfully following a cholesterol-free or limiting diet. In fact,
many new clients come to me frustrated because they have been watching their cholesterol
intake for months, even years, and still have high cholesterol. This is a
definite sign that the liver is congested and over-producing cholesterol.
more scientific method of determining if you have a congested liver is to have
your blood serum liver enzymes and other liver-related blood chemistries "nutritionally"
analyzed. Here is an exercise that will give you an idea of how this is done
and if you may presently have a congested liver. Pull your file copy of the
Laboratory Report from the last time your doctor ordered a blood test for you.
you do not have a copy, call your doctor's office. Ask the secretary which
day this week a copy of your last lab report can be ready so you may come by the
office to pick it up. If you wait for the doctor's office to mail it, you
may not get it. After all, they are very busy helping people with higher
priorities. In the future, whenever you have laboratory tests ordered, be
sure to request a copy for your home files when the blood is being drawn.
you have a copy of your laboratory report, check these liver-related chemistries. If
one or more of your test results fall below or above numbers under "Chemical
Imbalance," your liver may be congested.
(AST) -18 or 26+ 1||8
(ALT) -16 or 26+||16
GGT Above 36||1
Bilirubin -.50 or .70+
means below and = means above
example, when looking on your Laboratory Report at the SGOT (AST) you will see
the name of this test is listed on the left side of the page along with the names
of all the other blood chemistries. Now follow the line to the right and
you will see the test result value of your SGOT (AST). In fact, you will
notice a column with all your test result values to the right of the column with
the names of the chemistries. Then to the right of your SGOT (AST) value,
you will see another column with a range of two numbers on each line. For
SGOT (AST), you may see a range of numbers from 0 - 45. The ranges vary depending
upon the laboratory used to run the report.
ranges listed on your laboratory report (for example 0-45 for SGOT) are used by
your physician to diagnosis your "medical" condition.
when I interpret the same laboratory reports "nutritionally," I am analyzing
your blood chemistries for homeostasis and use a different set of ranges. Homeostasis
means nutritional biochemical balance.
you to have a nutritional healthy SGOT (AST), your test result value must be between
18-26, if your Laboratory Report listed 0-45 in the right column ranges. From
0-18 or 26-45, you have a nutritional biochemical imbalance. Biochemical
imbalances of the liver can lead to a sluggish, toxic, congested liver (underactive
or overactive), which may then lead to liver dysfunction, and, in time, to nutrition-related
there are many other factors involved, in addition to the nutritional analysis
of your liver-related blood chemistries, and your Laboratory Reports may not have
the same right column ranges as were used to provide the above calculations, you
will not be able to make an accurate determination of your liver status from your
laboratory report and the information in this article. However, you will
be able to get an idea of how congested your liver may be. The above chemistry
values and ranges provided in this article are for demonstration only, not for
an accurate nutritional assessment of your blood chemistries.
nutrition protocols recommended from the nutritional analysis of blood chemistries
are designed to assist the body in returning to homeostasis.
HEALTH AFTER YEARS OF DRINKING COFFEE
reviewing your Laboratory Report and the information above, do you think you may
have a congested liver? If you do, your liver is acting like a dirty car
filter that needs to be changed so it can filter the oil and keep the mechanical
parts clean as it circulates through your automobile. A sluggish, toxic liver,
not performing to its capacity, will slow sports performance, slow healing and
so on, just like sluggish, oil will slow down the performance of your automobile. You
may not be able to change your liver, like you can your car filter, but you can
get a clinical nutritional analysis of your blood chemistries.
this analysis, a clinical nutrition program can be recommended to assist in cleansing
and re-nourishing your liver. Then soon your liver will filter your blood
properly again and send pure, healthy blood to all your cells. You may be
amazed at how much better you can feel with a healthy, clean functioning liver. The
liver, because of its role in blood purification, affects every cell, tissue,
organ and gland in your body. Therefore, every cell, tissue, organ and gland
feels better when the liver improves.
improve your health, you must eliminate toxic substances from your diet, such
as coffee and strong teas, and then detoxify the chemical residues in the liver,
resulting from long-term ingestion of these substances. To do the latter,
obtain a clinical nutrition analysis of your blood chemistries to receive specific
clinical nutrition recommendations on how to assist your body in cleansing and
re-nourishing its liver.
health benefits reported from clients during and after this process are: beautiful
skin (liver and brown spots disappear - even in the elderly); gray hair turns
to natural colors of brown or black, cholesterol and triglycerides become normal
without following a cholesterol-free diet, stomachs become flatter that never
could before even with exercise, energy and endurance increases, gall bladders
improve, bowels eliminate regularly without spasms or irritability, blood pressure
becomes normal and many others.
may request information on how to obtain a clinical nutrition analysis of your
blood chemistries by e-mailing services@AdvancedClinicalNutrition.com or browse
our web at www.AdvancedClinicalNutrition.com.
Donna F. Smith holds a Ph.D. in Clinical Nutrition, is a Naturopathic Doctor (N.D.)
and a Board Certified Clinical Nutritionist (C.C.N.). Dr. Smith has a success
rate of 90% in helping her clients improve their health, no matter what their
current health concern, and her clientele encompasses 35 U.S. States and four
Hooskmand, M.D., and Mark Percival, D.C., N.D.
1999 by Donna F. Smith
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