By Veladya Chapman
FULL DISCLOSURE: Mama’s- we are aware that some of you drink coffee (the reality is that most of you probably do just to get by.) And that is A-OK. In fact, one cup of coffee during pregnancy is usually considered ‘tolerable’ for mama and baby by most western medicine standards. So if that’s you- continue to do your thing if it makes you feel good. However, If you are considering ditching the bean in favor of a little more balance, the following are some thoughts from a wholistic nutritionist that may help you get there… If you just aren’t sure if coffee is for you during pregnancy + beyond, please consult with your preferred medical provider.
Okay coffee lovers, LISTEN UP! I've been getting a lot of questions about coffee and if I drink it and why. I love the taste of coffee. And I used to drink it black every so often but every time I pick it back up out of sheer temptation, I feel the adverse effects it has on my well-being. Why should you think about switching? The answer is caffeine.
Below are 7 reasons why you should consider ditching the bean once and for all:
1. Caffeine Is Challenging For Your Body To Digest In order for your body to break down the coffee you ingest and give you that energy boost it is known for, your liver uses enzymes. So if all of your enzymes are working on that caffeine, they're not around to battle other toxic chemicals they should be getting rid of.
2. Coffee Creates An Acidic Environment In The Body
A healthy pH level for your blood is about 7.5. Coffee is a 5 on the acidic scale and an acidic body is a breeding ground for disease. It takes approximately 64oz of water to neutralize just one cup of coffee. It actually takes women longer to detoxify coffee from our bodies than men!
3. Caffeine Is A Huge Serotonin Suppressant
Meaning, it kills the neurotransmitters in your brain that produce that lovely hormone which keeps you feeling happy & satisfied. People suffering with depression should especially steer clear.
4. Drinking Too Much Caffeine Slows Down Your Body's Ability To Absorb Vitamins & Minerals
So no matter how many vitamins & supplements you take, that coffee can easily make them a waste of money. It has been shown to reduce the body’s absorption of iron and reduce levels of magnesium and potassium.
5. Caffeine Raises Your Cortisol Levels
. . . making us much more susceptible to stress and rapid aging. It reduces DHEA (Dehydroepiandrosterone), a youth hormone that enhances vitality, energy, skin health and even libido.
6. These Hight Stress Levels Can Take A Toll On Our Adrenal Glands
and can cause them to burn out, commonly known as adrenal fatigue. If we were to keep slamming the breaks of our car, eventually those breaks would start to give out. High cortisol levels are also directly correlated with abdominal fat! Coffee does not give us energy. It puts us in a state of stress!
7. Coffee Also Increases Blood Sugar And Insulin In The Body; Even It Is Is Consumed Black
Since the caffeine has our body in fight or flight mode, we releases excess sugar into the bloodstream to assist us during the heightened level of stress. This state of hyperglycemia releases insulin (a fat storing hormone) that cleans up the excess blood sugar making us have lower blood sugar again and reaching for that next cup of coffee. This is how the cycle begins.
So... as hard as it might’ve been to read this, I will end with the light at the end of the tunnel! There are many other options for caffeine that aren’t as concentrated as coffee. Some great options are yerba mate and green tea. Green tea is wonderful because instead of depleting you, it gives back. It fights free radicals, reduces inflammation in the body, kills bacteria that improves dental and oral health, lowers cholesterol, promotes healthy skin and so much more. If you want to omit caffeine altogether, I recommend some adaptogenic herbs like chaga or maca. With a clean diet, and a clear mind, you will find that energy and elevated stamina will come naturally and grow over time. You are worthy of optimum self care!
And Remember: if you are pregnant, please consult with your doctor before adding or removing anything from your diet!