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Ten Reasons to Quit Your Coffee!


Health & Wellness  (tags: coffee, addiction, prevention, science, interesting, food )

Nancy
- 2591 days ago - drhyman.com
Believe me, I'm not giving up my organic, shade grown, fresh ground AM coffee! However, these scientific facts are interesting and wise to note.



   

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Jason S (50)
Saturday June 16, 2012, 8:22 am
thanks
 

Patricia Cannell (818)
Saturday June 16, 2012, 8:45 am
Noted
 

Daria Wells (30)
Saturday June 16, 2012, 9:31 am
Wasn't in full agreement on the article but did end up checking out Dandy Tea mentioned in the comments. I am going to try it. Ingredients are barley (yum), rye (even more yummy), chicory (like the best NOLA coffees), dandelion, and beetroot blend. Thanks Nancy for helping me find this!
 

Jason Green (235)
Saturday June 16, 2012, 9:55 am
#11 Coffee is just vile tasting ;-)
 

Alice C (1797)
Saturday June 16, 2012, 11:48 am
I only use organic unless I'm falling asleep while driving. Then, I will drink any coffee I can get my hands on !
 

Elle B (82)
Saturday June 16, 2012, 12:10 pm
The effects of coffee varies significantly with each individual. A recent study from the New England Journal of Medicine links consumption with longevity. [http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMoa1112010] Some people are hyper sensitive to caffeine and must be very careful or avoid completely. A global longevity study on centenarians in the early 1990's included an inadvertent finding that each subject drank some type of indigenous very "concentrated" [ie. syrupy thick] local caffeine or coffee drink at least once daily throughout their adult life. Yerba Mate is popular in some South American countries and has been catching on in Europe and U.S. recently.
 

Jim Phillips (3247)
Saturday June 16, 2012, 12:16 pm
Love my coffee in the morning.
Love my very strong double expresso in the afternoon while talking with friends.
I have, over the years, cut way down on my coffee drinking.
Drink tea in the evenings, a variety of them. No particular favorites.
The article made for some interesting reading.
Coffee effects everyone differently. You just have to find your area.

Ty, Nancy.
.
 

Constance F (418)
Saturday June 16, 2012, 12:20 pm
Thank you ! I have had periods in my life where I broke off with my relationship to coffee, and honestly it wasn't that hard and I think I actually felt better. I know it spikes blood sugar levels because I have used in replace of food when was I was in a hurry. Not, not wise. I only drink about a cup in the morning, but without it, I see no reason to get up in the morning. Hence, I may need to reevalute my relationship to coffee again.
 

Edwin M (346)
Saturday June 16, 2012, 12:28 pm
I realize it's not good for me, but I do love my coffee. I have tried to wean myself off a few times and the headache was unbelievable which is not a good sign. Thanks Nancy
 

Catherine Turley (192)
Saturday June 16, 2012, 12:46 pm
ugh... i know it's not good for me, being fairly high stress already. but, tea hasn't been a good enough substitute. will check out dandy tea and teecino (which a few people have mentioned to me).
 

. (0)
Saturday June 16, 2012, 12:46 pm
Not long ago these was a posting about the benefits of coffee...I refer to the old adage-"everything in moderation". I my two black, no sugar cups in the morning. YES, I HAVE to. Call it a small addiction, I call it a small need......
 

Brenda Towers (0)
Saturday June 16, 2012, 1:36 pm
Many thanks.
 

Arlene Mary Baladi (40)
Saturday June 16, 2012, 1:42 pm
I have been to several nutritionists over the years who have taken me off of coffee (yes you DO get a headache from hell!), and I have always returned to my one cup a day. If that is the worst thing you can get me for, so be it. I don't drink, don't smoke and don't over-work anymore. Please allow me to have ONE vice in life!
 

Teresa Cowley (274)
Saturday June 16, 2012, 2:39 pm
Thanks for the interesting article, Nancy--still love my coffee!
 

. (0)
Saturday June 16, 2012, 3:47 pm
i love coffee!!but yes,one or two good cups of coffee a day,then decaff or tea after that.
 

Sheryl G (359)
Saturday June 16, 2012, 7:09 pm
This one is easy for me, I've never drank even 1 cup of coffee in my life. I know, what an odd American I am. lol
 

Bianca D (87)
Saturday June 16, 2012, 7:56 pm
No way Josť. The local organic coffee here is absolutely divine and I enjoy my morning or afternoon cup to the max.

Moderation is the key. (80 hour weeks fuelled by coffee and Ben and Jerry's are not very moderate.)

Coffee is a strong diuretic so one does need to stay properly hydrated (though 8 glasses a day may be way too much for some), and to replenish labile nutrients (such as magnesium, potassium and the B vits, etc.).

If you do decide to give it up, keep some coffee that you've made previously on hand, in the fridge, so you can take a sip now and then and avoid withdrawal headaches.
 

Edith B (146)
Saturday June 16, 2012, 8:03 pm
Thanks for the article. Any thing can be bad for you if you don't use moderation.
 

Susanne R (236)
Saturday June 16, 2012, 10:29 pm
I can understand the author's concerns, and he brings up some very valid points. But whom should you believe? There are many articles out there indicating that coffee, in moderation, is good for you and loaded with anti-oxidants. I'm confused, but I don't want to give up my coffee --even if it's decaf or half-caf. I'll just continue to drink a cup each morning and not think about whether it helps or hurts me. Worrying about any danger my one-cup-a-day routine poses is probably more harmful than the coffee itself!
 

Esther Z (94)
Saturday June 16, 2012, 10:32 pm
I just can't see myself substituting my one daily cup of coffee for tea...
 

Ellen m (215)
Saturday June 16, 2012, 11:38 pm
They will have to pry it out of my cold, dead hands!
As i said in the last article with another study, i go through around 10lbs per month...by myself.
And yes it's a bit embarrassing, but i'm not apologizing either. :-)
Shade grown, sustainable, bird friendly, farmer friendly, organic...and expensive !
And i'm worth it :-)
 

NICKY MELVILLE (119)
Sunday June 17, 2012, 1:48 am
Very interesting.. Thanks! It is always a balancing act, isn't it? I mean, I keep on reading aritcles lately on how coffee drinking... about three cups a day, has been found to protect people for getting Alzheimer's disease That it enhances brain function... So what do you believe and what do you do? Personally, I drink ONE cup a day normally and the rest of the time drink white or green tea and water. I used to drink LOADS of coffee and at first I really missed it when I radically cut down and didn't really like the other teas, but they are an acquired taste if you persevere and now I almost prefer them to coffee.
 

Michela M (3964)
Sunday June 17, 2012, 5:51 am
Interesting!! Printed this article to show to my husband Alan & to my 2 daughters.....
Above all, Jasmine, is drinking too much cofee....
When I worked I was used to have 6 or 8 coffes a day, with my colleagues..

Now I have my "MANDATORY CAPPUCCINO & CORNETTO (CROISSANT)" at the BAR for breakfast (it's a "ritual habit") and one ESPRESSO coffee during the day.

When I'm in England or US I like that coffee also........
 

Kay M (347)
Sunday June 17, 2012, 8:41 am
interesting.
 

Terrie Williams (798)
Sunday June 17, 2012, 9:06 am
Sorry, not giving it up. I mainline coffee and black tea!!!!!! Done it for years and years and...ok, decades. Not giving up one of the last few things I enjoy in this Dawg forsaken life of mine. I am, by the way, immune to caffeine. Seriously. I am one of those rare few individuals that caffeine has no effect on. I drink a least a gallon each, yes a GALLON, each, of coffee and tea per DAY. When I sleep I sleep like the dead. It also is not the cause of my blood bressure problem (its a genetic thang runs in the family).

I gave up coffee and tea once for over a month, just to prove a point to a doctor. I never had withdrawals. None. Nada. Zip. Caffeine does not mess with me.The really crazy part of that odessey was that my BP actually went sky high. The doctor told me he wasn't going to tell me to quit anything anymore. LOL.

So, me ever quitting coofee or tea is not going to happe in what's left of this lifetime for moi. Now, bring on the columbian with hazelnut creme!!! :)
 

Valerie A (1)
Sunday June 17, 2012, 9:14 am
Thanks
 

Lindsay K (6)
Sunday June 17, 2012, 11:12 am
Nope, not going to happen! I might go without some days, I might cut down - often only have 1 mug in a day anyway - but give up altogether - no way!
 

M B (62)
Sunday June 17, 2012, 3:11 pm
cut down on coffee - ok., giving up ? - no ! During the day I have coffee and tea, in the evenings I have bio milk only, that's yummy.
 

Kamila A (141)
Sunday June 17, 2012, 5:34 pm
Thanks Nancy, but its one vice I can't give up just yet. I don't drink as much as I used to though.
 

Carol H (229)
Sunday June 17, 2012, 7:36 pm
noted, thank you Nancy
 

Ellen m (215)
Sunday June 17, 2012, 9:27 pm
Ah Terrie, a girl after my own heart...though i will get headaches if i go to long without..but i do my best to make sure that doesn't happen.
The weather can be hot as hell and i am still drinking it, hot or cold...
This is one monkey i am more than happy to carry around :-)
 

Patricia H. (440)
Monday June 18, 2012, 8:44 am
thanks for sharing
 

Suzanne L (89)
Tuesday June 19, 2012, 7:28 am
Thanks Nancy. I found the comments very interesting as well as the article. Like a lot of people I don't drink as much as I used to, in fact only 1 or maybe 2 cups/day, but to give it up entirely, forever? Ooo I wouldn't like that.,
 

Past Member (0)
Tuesday June 19, 2012, 8:59 am
I only drink La Familia Guzman coffee because it is grown by one family that uses the income to directly improve the hard conditions of their life. Dillanos pays them a price that goes above most fair trade standards. This is that most rare occasion where I at least know something about who is growing my coffee, how it is grown(organic and sustainable), and quite simply...it is the best cup of coffee I've had in ages.

I also agree with the commentators who mentioned the joy of chicory coffee. Nothing makes a finer cafe au lait. It's the beignets that can be hard to find if one can make them yaself.
 

Phillipa W (199)
Wednesday June 20, 2012, 4:47 am
mmm I think I'll stick to research showing how good coffee is for you. This seems a little theoretical, and 1 thing stuck out to me as a mistake.
 

Nancy Black (308)
Thursday June 21, 2012, 10:13 pm
Noted,tweeted, and shared. One more vice that we should stop. If this keep on, there won't be any more bad habits to enjoy.
 
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