Have you even been wondering if the coffee is bad for you? The answer is NO. There is a catch, of course and the catch is that coffee is great, delicious and a treat when consumed once in a while, as an occasional indulgence. But if you are more closely related to zombie than human before you slurp back your morning brew, than my answer is yes, coffee really is that bad for you.
The caffeine can cause a cascade of processes in our body to run amuck. Here are some of them:
CAFFEINE AND HORMONES
The caffeine affects the functioning of many hormones, because it stays in our body and dominates our nervous system for a long time, 4-6 hours.
- Adenosine– It is the hormone that calms the body, and the caffeine ihibits its absorption. This is the reason why it keeps you awake in the short term, but causes sleep problems later on.
- Adrenaline– Caffeine injects adrenaline into our system. At first it boosts it and then comes down, leaving us feeling fatiqued and depressed. And what do we do next? We grab a second cup, without knowing that with sipping up more caffeine to counteract these effects leaves us feeling agitated and edgy.
- Cortisol– Also known as “stress hormone” is supposed to help us cope with long term chronic stress gets played out with caffeine consumption. Elevated cortisol is associated with weight gain, moodiness and over the long run it has been associated with heart disease, diabetes and cancer.
CAFFEINE AND STRESS
Caffeine for sure increases our stress levels, the perceived stress in our external world, as well as the stress response we have on the inside. Stress and caffeine can elevate cortisol levels, which in turn can lead to other negative health effects including accelerated aging, anxiety, and the carrying of extra weight. Increased levels of cortisol leads to crazy cravings for caffeine, fat and carbohydrates, and here we are in another depleting cycle.
HOW COFFEE CAN ACTUALLY BE MAKING US FAT?
- Insulin resistance / Type II diabetes:When we abuse our cells by throwing heaps of insulin at them every time we eat, there will come a point where they say no (often referred to as insulin resistance), or need more than we can produce (what we’d call insulin dependence). The overall result is an inability to regulate blood sugar levels, a potentially deadly state without medical intervention or overhaul in diet and lifestyle.
- Lowered immune response: There is nothing worse for our overall health than stress. Again, the abuse of stress hormones impairs the function and efficiency of the immune system. This means that anything, from recovery from the common cold, post surgery recuperation, to dealing with auto-immune conditions is more severe, takes longer, and is tougher on our bodies.
- Fatigued adrenal gland function: The adrenal glands help us cope with stress. When we abuse them and run them out of juice, we experience anxiety, depression, PMS, headaches, chronic fatigue, emotional swings and other cranky-making-fun.
- Impaired mental health: Long-term abuse of stress hormones will impair thought, perception, memory and concentration. Essentially, you stop seeing and processing life as it is, and stop seeing yourself as you truly, beautifully are!
- Belly Fat / Muffin Top / Spare Tire:Belly fat, or what we call the spare tire, is associated with hormonal imbalances resulting from elevated insulin, cortisol and adrenalin levels. This is when no amount of time on the elliptical or no number of sets of crunches seem to make a dent.
- Suppressed thyroid function: This can result in muscle stiffness, chronic exhaustion, morning nausea, hair loss, insomnia, weight gain, diminished sex drive, recurrent infections, depression, multiple food allergies/sensitivities, cystic breasts, and menstrual irregularities.
- High blood pressure: Stress is not good for the heart, physically or emotionally. With a reduced ability to process it, we feel stress on a physical level more acutely, leading to high blood pressure, which in turn, is commonly associated with blood clots, heart attack and stroke.