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7 Reasons to Cut Back on Coffee

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7 Reasons to Cut Back on Coffee

Written by Randy Fritz, co-creator with Diana Herrington at Real Food for Life

Coffee is for Bugs not Your Body!

Caffeine is a natural insecticide that plants have been using to protect themselves from insects for thousands of years!

That caffeine in your steaming cup of coffee has been put to much better use in driving away or killing insects in your backyard, rather than getting you going in the morning.

7 Reasons to Cut Down on Your Coffee or Caffeine Consumption

1. Caffeine was developed as a poison.

Over millions of years, plants have developed various powerful compounds to stop insects from stripping away every bit of greenery from the planet. Many plants are obviously poisonous or extremely inedible to protect themselves. Other examples of slightly toxic substances include oxalic acid in leafy greens and capsaicin in chili peppers. When you consider the fact that we consume 12,000 tons of caffeine a year, the amounts in these other foods are miniscule in comparison. A good rule of thumb for health is to avoid or reduce poisons.

2. Caffeine exhausts the adrenals.

Whereas a dose of caffeine in a small insect may stun or even kill it, in humans it just gives us a little “buzz.” This stimulation is what many people depend on to get themselves going with their morning coffee, but it is short lived.

Since it really is just stimulation, an excitement of the nervous and glandular system, it’s not producing any long term energy; and as soon as that little high wears off, you are reaching for another shot.† Do this enough times and your nervous and glandular system, particularly the adrenal gland, is exhausted.† You have to keep increasing the “dose” to have energy and eventually nothing works and you crash.

3.† Caffeine is addictive.

The fact that you can get caffeine withdrawal symptoms if you stop is an obvious symptom of addiction. Most people donít want to be addicted to anything!

You probably think you donít drink enough to be addicted, but research shows you probably already are. Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine showed that low to moderate caffeine intake (as little as one small cup of coffee per day) can quickly produce withdrawal symptoms.

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Diana Herrington

Diana Herrington turned a debilitating health crisis into a passion for helping others with healthy, sugar-free, gluten-free, eating and cooking. After testing and researching every possible healthy therapy on her delicate system she has developed simple, powerful principles which she shares in her recent book Eating Green and Lean, and as host to Care2 groups: Healthy Living Network and Healthy Cooking. She is the head chef at Real Food for Life, where she shares recipes and tips. Sign up for the Real Food for Life weekly newsletter or catch her on Facebook or Twitter (@DancinginLife).

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10:44AM PST on Mar 9, 2013

Good info. thanks.

10:10AM PST on Mar 9, 2013

Generally sound advice and warnings, but perhaps a bit over the top. Caffeine used in moderation can have benefits for some and is not as deadly as these comments suggest. Google caffeine wiki for what may be regarded as a more balanced overview.

7:28AM PST on Mar 9, 2013

In health(college course) I learned that caffeine destroys the dendrites and makes us nervous by removeing the mylenin (fatty coating) from the nerves. It shows as an addictive drug when you have to consume more of the caffeinge to get the same "buzz". Then there is the difficulty to stop consumeing the drug that shows in physical symptoms like headaches and nervous hypretension.

11:50AM PDT on Sep 21, 2012

I love coffee but quit cold turkey during pregnancy. (I had been consuming 12+ cups a day!) after my son was born i started up again but never got to more than one or two cups in. now i drink 3 or 4 cups a week (only on cold mornings at work). I am no longer addicted.. the 9 months off remedied that. But I genuinely love the taste of coffee. however, I use coffee cups that have lids.. reusable. so at least i dont add to the worlds litter

10:45AM PDT on Sep 4, 2012

not the best formed argument.

why focus on coffee? at least it is natural, as opposed to cola drinks and 'energy' drinks that are chock full of caffeine, sugar carbonation *and* come in unfriendly packaging. take out cups are evil, but that is not a reason to stop drinking coffee, it's a reason to stop using take away cups.
I'm not going to argue that caffeine is good for the body, but this is a seemingly slap-dash argument against it.

10:45AM PDT on Aug 13, 2012

dandelion root coffee? never heard of it!

10:46PM PDT on Aug 9, 2012

ty

5:59PM PDT on Aug 7, 2012

And on this same page, there is a link to another article titled "Want to live longer? Drink coffee"... so, what to believe?

8:26AM PDT on Aug 4, 2012

I have never drunk coffee, simply can't stand the taste; but I do sometimes drink cola drinks which have caffeine in them.

8:26AM PDT on Aug 4, 2012

I have never drunk coffee, simply can't stand the taste; but I do sometimes drink cola drinks which have caffeine in them.

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