Toxic Relationships…

Naturally, I’m talking about coffee ūüôā

You know how most blogs sort of talk about one theme, but have these “tangent” topics? Example: There is this blog that I absolutely love that talks about being a mom, and a wife, and all the fun, crazy things that happen while raising a family…but then she has (whether it’s on purpose or not, I have no clue) a tangent topic about the show, “the Bachelor”. Are you with me? I believe, that MY tangent topic, as of probably today…is coffee.

I have found in my email inbox, but yet again, an article on coffee…why to love it, why to hate it, why it’s healthy, why it’s killing you, why to drink it, why to ditch it…I’ve seen them all.

Chances are if you are reading this either you or someone you care about is sick, inflamed, hormonally imbalanced, nutritionally compromised, overworked, stressed out, fatigued, depressed, and toxic. Coffee is not part of the medicine required for your healing.

Chances are, they’re right! Here they are…the 10 reasons why you should QUIT coffee…

Here are 10 reasons why:

1. The caffeine in coffee increases catecholamines, your stress hormones. The stress response elicits cortisol and increases insulin. Insulin increases inflammation, and this makes you feel lousy.

Yeah…I really don’t need any additional stress…who does?! I was told¬†recently, that coffee is supposed¬†to react in our body to make us believe we are being chased by a tiger…um…no thanks?

2. Habituation to caffeine decreases insulin sensitivity, making it difficult for your cells to respond appropriately to blood sugar. High blood sugar levels lead to arterial deterioration and increased risk of mortality related to cardiovascular disease.

Oh, hello diabetes…

3. Unfiltered coffee has the highest amount of beneficial antioxidants yet also leaks the most diterpenes into your system. These diterpenes have been linked to higher levels of triglycerides, LDL and VLDL levels.

Okay, I don’t have a clue what this means…but it sounds bad…

4.¬†The helpful chlorogenic¬†acids that may delay glucose absorption in the intestine have also been shown to increase homocysteine¬†levels — an indicator for increased risk of cardiovascular disease, which tends to be¬†elevated in diabesity.

….even worse?…

5. The acidity of coffee is associated with digestive discomfort, indigestion, heart burn, GERD and dysbiosis (imbalances in your gut flora).

Ah yes, this I CAN attest to. I don’t think I ever feel GOOD after coffee…but my heart feels warmer ūüôā

6. Addiction is often an issue with coffee drinkers and makes it really difficult to rely on the body’s natural source of energy. Ask any coffee drinker about how it feels to withdraw from coffee, and you will mistake their story for that of a drug addict’s…

…I asked Nick once if there was an AA for coffee ūüė¶ This is shameful …

7. Associative addictions trend with coffee — who doesn’t immediately think of warm, frothy sweet cream and sugar when they picture coffee? Surely the business of coffee has inspired a culture addicted to the sugary, fatty tastes of what has become more of a meal than a drink! That morning latte is the epitome of food lacking nutrition density yet packing energy!

…Those coffee marketing bastards…

8. 5-HIA, an organic acid and component of the neurotransmitter serotonin (the happy chemical) seen in the urine tends to be elevated in coffee drinkers, which means they may be at risk for lower levels of serotonin synthesis in the brain. Serotonin is necessary for normal sleep, bowel function, mood, and energy levels. It is a vicious cycle, as caffeine can disrupt sleep and promote anxiety and depression. We all know someone who tends to be tired, wired and over-caffeinated!

…How often do you hear people say they use coffee TO go to the bathroom…this is definitely a vicious cycle. You start drinking coffee, you have lower bowel function, you start drinking MORE coffee to try to rev up your bowel function…this seems to work for a while…then it decreases again, you up your coffee…you get the point? (apparently, my other tangent topic is bowel function…:-\)

9. Elevated urinary excretion of important minerals such as calcium, magnesium and potassium have been noted in coffee drinkers. An imbalance in your electrolyte status can lead to serious systemic complications.


10. Constituents in coffee can interfere with normal drug metabolism and detoxification in the liver, making it difficult to regulate the normal detoxification process in the liver. Another issue to be aware of with coffee intake is how certain medications such as levothyroxine (thyroid) as well as tricyclic antidepressants are poorly absorbed, making symptoms curiously worse for patients.

So there you have it…a list of reasons that sound terrifying…another thing to think about when you step up to the Starbucks counter. Should I? Shouldn’t I?

*You can read the rest of the article HERE*


Much love,



4 thoughts on “Toxic Relationships…

  1. sbfamilychiro says:

    Great break down Jen. Quitting coffee can be difficult, Jen and I have found replacing it decaf and then going to tea or hot lemon water was an easier process than going cold turkey. My guts feel so much better!

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