Signs of B1 deficiency
Coffee inhibits vitamin D receptors, which limit the amount that will be absorbed. Because vitamin D is important in the absorption and use of calcium in building bone, this could also decrease bone mineral density, resulting in an increased risk for osteoporosis. It also causes loss of minerals from the bones, (osteomalacia) where the bones are sore, tender, and weak muscles with the possibility of deafness developing. Working indoors drinking plenty of coffee is going to reduce vitamin D levels to a point where the immune system can become compromised and infections are more likely to occur.
Coffee blocks absorption of inositol one of the B vitamin co-factors. It assists the B vitamins to function more effectively. Inositol plays an important part in the health of cell membranes especially the specialised cells in the brain, bone marrow, eyes and intestines. Cell membranes are responsible for regulating the contents of the cells, to enable the cells to function correctly. It also promotes healthy hair and hair growth and helps in controlling oestrogen levels. Inositol is needed for health at cellular level. A good concentration of inositol is found in the lens of the eye as well as the heart. Inositol is closely related to choline - in fact the two work together to make neurotransmitters and the fatty substances for cell membranes, as well as helping to metabolise and move out fats from the liver.
Coffee interferes with the body’s absorption of iron, which is necessary for red blood cell production. Drinking caffeine at the same time as an iron source can reduce absorption by up to 80%.
The caffeine in coffee also causes calcium to be excreted in the urine and faeces. For every 150 mg of coffee ingested, (about the amount in one cup of coffee), 5 mg of calcium is lost. This effect occurs even hours after the consumption of caffeine. Postmenopausal women who consume more than 300 mg of coffee per day lose more bone in the spine than women who consumed less. Coffee also inhibits the amount of calcium that is absorbed through the intestinal tract and depletes the amount retained by the bones. People with high coffee intake suffer more hip fractures than those that avoid coffee.
Coffee also also reduces the absorption of manganese, zinc and copper. It also increases the excretion of the minerals magnesium, potassium, sodium and phosphorus. Deficiency in any of these essential minerals can be highly detrimental to the health. See the Minerals page.
COFFEE OVERWORKS THE ADRENAL GLANDS, SLOWS SPORTS PERFORMANCE AND INCREASES WEIGHT
Coffee 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 hypoglycaemia.
The end results are tension, a rise in blood pressure, a craving for sweets 2-3 hours later, low energy and mood levels and over working of the adrenal glands. All of which negatively affects health, weight, exercise and sports performance.
Due to this, and the reduction in so many essential nutrients that drinking coffee creates in the body, weight gain and obesity are the result.Eat fresh fruit like tangerines, kiwi fruit, watermelon, papaya and berries and drink pure additive free, unsweetened and artificial sweetener free pomegranate, pineapple, lemon, lime and orange juice each time you have the desire for a cup of coffee and see the weight fall off.
The extra weight gained from coffee consumption will be lost even faster if all processed foods, especially ready meals, bread, cheese and sugar, are avoided. The body will suddenly wake up from its coffee-induced slumber within just two days and begin to clean out the toxins, intestinal sludge and fat built-up over years of drinking coffee. Stay off coffee and keep to the foods listed below and weight will be reduced very quickly but without lose of vital nutrients:
Almonds, amaranth, apple cider vinegar, aubergine, asparagus, barley grass, basil, beans, beetroot, bell peppers (all colours), berries, brewer's yeast, brine pickles, Brussel sprouts, carrot, celery, chicory, chilli peppers, chlorella, cinnamon, coriander, cress, cumin, dates, eggs, garlic, ginger, green beans, green leafy vegetables, green tea, hempseeds, honey, kelp, kiwi fruit, kohlrabi, krill oil (one capsule a day), legumes, lemon, lime, mushrooms, nutmeg, oats, okra, octopus, oily fish, olive oil, onions, orange, oregano, papaya, paprika, peas, peppercorns (all colours), pheasant, pineapple, pomegranates, pumpkin seeds, rabbit, radishes, raisins, rapeseed oil, raspberries, spinach, spirulina, seaweed, sesame oil, sweet potatoes, Swede, tangerines, tarragon, thyme, tomatoes, turmeric, turnip, venison, walnuts (only 5 halves per day), watercress, watermelon and yoghurt.
COFFEE COUNTERACTS MEDICATIONS FOR PAIN, OBESITY, HYPERTENSION AND DEPRESSION
The 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 normal coffee.
THE "BUZZ" FROM COFFEE
The "buzz" or brief stimulation gained 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. To gain the same "buzz", try Chinese jasmine green tea, instead. It is an effective stimulant without many of the negative health effects.
Caffeine consumption can trigger arrhythmias (abnormal beatings of the heart) and hence caution is advised to patients with a heart condition history.
ALTERNATIVES TO COFFEE
The obvious one is tea which is very good for the body and mind especially green tea. See below.
Cupuaçu is a super fruit, related to the cocoa family, which has a caffeine-like effect, but does not contain caffeine. Because of this and its nutrient rich content it is a far healthier substitute for coffee.
During World War II roasted asparagus seeds were given to substitute coffee beans. Apparently the taste is very similar.
Avoid sugar free sweeteners too. See Aspartame Dangers page. Use honey to sweeten instead of sugar if required. Fruit juice is best of all especially berries and pomegranate and can be heated with ginger, nutmeg and cinnamon for a very nutritious healthy alternative.
Purchase a 900 watt juicer and juice vegetables, herbs, spices and fruits for a highly nutritious and weight reducing alternative. See the Raw Juice Therapy page for recipes.
NOTE: Avoid ginger if taking anticoagulants (blood thinning medication) or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory such as aspirin and ibuprofen due to the risk of bleeding.
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