Is Coffee Bad For Me?
A question was recently asked of me and it hits on a common misconception:
"A coworker recently told me that coffee was bad for me and I must admit that I am slightly devastated! Is this true and if so, what else can I drink to get going in the morning?"
I certainly would not say coffee is bad for you and, in fact, it may actually be good for you!
Though each person reacts to this stimulant differently, as you are already enjoying this it seems likely your body has already adjusted to the caffeine influx and is able to tolerate this energy boosting beverage.
With that being said, caffeine is not for everyone and is often advised against for certain individuals, including:
- The elderly
- Pregnant women
- Those at risk for heart disease
Coffee may lead to jitteriness, headaches, and anxiety for those with caffeine sensitivity; but it also delivers several health benefits and thankfully studies have found that in moderation, 24 fluid ounces or 3 cups per day, coffee is safe.
Research indicates this bold brew is the number one antioxidant source in the American diet!
Wonderful news for coffee drinkers everywhere as antioxidants are amazing disease fighters, helping our body to defend itself against a variety of chronic disease.
According to Harvard Health Review (http://www.health.harvard.edu/press_releases/coffee_health_risk ), drinking coffee may also reduce your risk of:
- Gall stones,
- Colon cancer,
- And Parkinson ’s disease.
You may also like to let your coworker know that caffeine may help you work more efficient and effective on the job. If you typically drink 2-3 cups of coffee each morning, try to space out your sips throughout the morning for a sustained boost to your mental functionality.
Still, despite coffee's benefits and as a tea drinker myself, I cannot possibly conclude without recommending tea as a healthy option outside of your standard coffee.
Tea contains less caffeine than most brewed coffee, even when comparing the most caffeine-laden teas of all, black teas. Whereas a cup of coffee may leave me frazzled and sleepless, tea helps to push me through long days without any of the potential side-effects commonly found with coffee.
If you are weary of tea due to the grassy flavor from the solo cup of green tea you have tried, I encourage you to try again. Green tea is an amazing beverage, believed to deliver cancer fighting benefits, yet may be a bit strong for those unfamiliar with tea. White or black tea may prove to be the type that works best for you. White tea is milder, whereas the taste of black tea most resembles coffee. One of my favorite teas is a black tea made by Harney & Sons, Hot Cinnamon Spice (http://www.harney.com/Hot-Cinnamon-Spice/products/225/ ).
If you are simply worried about the caffeine, try the decaffeinated version of your favorite coffee or sip on water. Water may offer a surprising effect on your daily energy levels as dehydration can leave us feeling lethargic and foggy-minded. You will reap even greater rewards if you are pairing your morning glass of aqua with a balanced breakfast