The evidence continues to mount on the health benefits of coffee. This is really not surprising considering the natural blend of polyphenol antioxidants, (including chlorogenic acids), bioflavonoids, vitamins and minerals. These nutrients help to neutralize the harsher effects of the caffeine as well. Earlier last year in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition it was confirmed that coffee may actually reduce your risk for developing type 2 diabetes.
And the list goes on from reducing the risk of depression to keeping your brain sharp and preventing dementia. For me personally, it helps me to type really really fast by setting off my sympathetic nervous system.
However, for every coffee-lover, there are as many health experts advising against drinking coffee. While I personally haven’t done any studies, I am happy to share anecdotes from clients I’ve consulted over the last few years who have benefited from taking a break from their daily jolt of java.
- Less anxiety (in some cases, completely disappeared).
- Elimination of heart palpatations.
- Completion cessation of migraine headaches.
- Improved sleep habits resulting in more energy.
- Increased energy overall.
- Elimination of 3pm slump.
- Elimination of carb/sugar cravings.
- Improvement in adrenal and liver health (determined by less sensitivity to toxins).
So what’s my stance?
Well you can watch this video:
My opinion is that is depends on your body. Not everyone metabolizes and detoxes caffeine the same way. Some people can drink an espresso right before bed and still sleep like a baby (however, their liver is likely OVER-compensating which isn’t good either) while others… (myself included), cannot drink espresso past 12 noon if you want to have a restful sleep.
Here’s the deal:
If you feel you cannot start your day without caffiene then this is the very habit you NEED to take a break from. Why? You should be able to get through your day without a drug. Yes, caffeine is a drug and it’s very addictive. That being said, if you do plan on quitting with the java, do so slowly and drink less over the span of a couple of weeks and then completely quit. You will be AMAZED at how much more energy you have!!
Now you will notice there is no coffee allowed on my online Joyous 10-day Detox. So if you are one of the many people who’ve joined, they you will need to take a break from coffee.
Lastly, the quality of the coffee or espresso you drink determines whether it contains the previously mentioned health benefits or not. Most of the corporate coffee giants who shall remain nameless serve inferior coffee from beans purchased from farms in South America that spray chemicals that contain worse toxins than you’d clean your toilet bowl with.
If you want good espresso in Toronto then you don’t have to look very far for quality: Black Rabbit (an awesome cafe coming soon to Bloor West Village), Fahrenheit (my fiancee Walker, says it’s the best), Sense Appeal, Te Aro, Rise, Sam James and the list goes on.
Now if you do venture out for a latte, take a read of my post on the best almond milk lattes in Toronto. That is, if you don’t make it yourself at home with your own homemade almond milk in 6 easy steps.