3 Reason You Should Rethink Your Morning Coffee
The mass media can be misleading when it comes to what foods are good for you and what ones aren’t. Especially when it comes to things like chocolate, bacon and coffee. It can be difficult to decipher which are true claims and what the media want you to believe, but the proof is really in how it makes you feel. After being on a health kick for the past ten months, I decided it was finally time to cut my morning coffee out of my routine. My body wasn’t responding well to that morning jolt of caffeine and I had begun to feel shaky, nauseous and a weird sense of anxiety. After doing some research I’ve cut coffee out of my life for good, here are my top three reasons why.
- Coffee is a neurotoxin.
Caffeine is a neurotoxin alkaloid, which means it is meant to stop insects from eating the plant. Caffeine works because it attaches to adenosine, a neurotransmitter found in the body; adenosine restrains the body from releasing excitory neurochemicals like serotonin and notifies your body when it is time sleep. Adenosine is responsible for the oxygenation of your blood vessels, especially while you’re sleeping. Caffeine works against adenosine as an adenosine receptor, with no tranquilizer for excitory neurochemicals the blood vessels tighten in your head and neck and nerve firing surges. This is why coffee drinkers experience an increased heart rate and blood pressure and feelings of vigor and enthusiasm occur shortly after consuming caffeine.
- It can cause stress and anxiety.
Caffeine is a psychoactive drug that can cause or worsen feelings of stress and anxiety. Coffee can be the root of insomnia, irritability, heart palpitations and panic attacks. Caffeine affects the body much like stress does by increasing your heart rate, blood pressure and stress hormones like cortisol and epinephrine.
- Caffeine can alter your metabolic rate.
Coffee stresses your adrenal gland, which corresponds with your thyroid. The thyroid gland controls your metabolism; therefore if you’re someone who already has a slow metabolism and you consume coffee, you will slow your metabolism even more. There is also a strong connection between coffee and insulin production in the body. High caffeine consumption can lead to insulin resistance; this will increase the IL6 gene. The IL6 gene controls inflammation and triggers cortisol (the stress hormone) to be released and that means more glucose will also be produced. This state is really an endless cycle for coffee-drinkers; glucose, insulin, cortisol, glucose, insulin, cortisol. This endless cycle is what can alter your metabolic rate, leading to weight gain.
Like any other drug, caffeine is an addiction. Coffee gives you a false sense of energy and many people will say “I feel grouchy and unfocused until I have my morning coffee.” Coffee gives almost no nutrients while providing you with energy and a boost in serotonin levels. The problem with this is that it’s not real. Coffee gives you a false sense of energy, therefore disrupting the body’s natural process. The best way to come off of caffeine is to replace it with something that gives your body what it really wants. I find that the natural sugars in fruit give my brain and body exactly what it craves in the morning. By consuming what your body actually wants, you will decrease your chances of getting a headache and it will also give you the energy you want. So replace your morning coffee with a fruit smoothie or freshly squeezed orange juice. The detox and withdrawal symptoms can feel a bit daunting, but it’s well worth it. After about 5-7 days you will feel so much better, but remember to drink lots of water and if you’re tired, sleep, that’s what your body needs.