Is Coffee Good or Bad?

By on February 2, 2013

There is a HUGE controversy out there about if coffee is bad for you or not. There are hundreds of studies that show it is and hundreds of studies that show that it’s not.

So which one is it?

Who’s right and who’s wrong?

I honestly think it just depends on what you want it to be. If you want it to be good for you, you will do research on ways that it’s good for you and become convinced of it. If you want it, or think it might be bad for you, you will do research on ways it’s bad for you and become convinced of it. You are going to believe what you want to believe based on your desires and experiences.

Here is what I believe based on my personal experience and education.

I grew up in Utah, Mormon capitol of the world, as yes, you guessed it, a Mormon. The Mormon religion teaches that things like coffee and teas are bad for you. It also teaches that caffeine is bad for you. This meant no soda, tea or coffee in the house. At least not the good caffeinated sodas like Coke, Dr. Pepper or Mountain Dew. We still had Sprite and Root Beer around. This did not sit well with my sweet tooth and my rebellious nature.

I remember at a young age, saving all of my coins and heading down to the local convenience store to buy a Coke only to drink it as fast as I could before I got home so my parents wouldn’t find out.

When I developed a love for coffee in my teens, I did whatever I could to head down to the local Denny’s with my friends and grab a cheap cup of liquid black gold. (Okay, Denny’s is no Starbucks, but it was a start.)

This love of coffee continued on throughout my life. I would go in spurts where I would drink it every day or sometimes I would have it as a treat at night while hanging out with friends or even to just enjoy the taste. Starbucks was my good friend and my wallets worst enemy, so to respect my wallet, I tried to keep my distance to about once or twice a week. However, when I worked in an office that had coffee (most of them do) I enjoyed a cup most mornings.

I was lucky to not get addicted to it for any long length of time though. So, I would just go in spurts on how often I drank it.

I always struggled with whether or not it was really bad for me or not. My childhood programing told me for some reason they didn’t explain, it’s bad and I shouldn’t drink it, but my inner rebellious teenager didn’t care. It tasted too good to care.

Then insert Green Smoothies. In my quest to lose weight I started drinking green smoothies for breakfast and replaced my morning coffee with a green smoothie. I didn’t really miss coffee at first and honestly, I didn’t intent to cut coffee out of my normal morning another-day-at-the-office routine, it just kind of happened. Two weeks into drinking the green smoothies though I had a craving for coffee and realized I missed it. So, I poured myself a cup and drank it.

That was a bad idea.

The coffee had such a strong effect on me that it felt like I had drank an entire pot. Jittery, shaky, a bit faint. Not good. I was shocked at how sensitive I had become to it so quickly. I didn’t quite understand at the time what was going on. I just knew that coffee no longer felt good in my body.

Over the next year I would test how coffee effected me and I would still get the same reaction with an increase in sensitivity over time. My desire for coffee fell away and I realized that there was some truth to my childhood upbringing. The Mormons were onto something.

Turns out that as I started to become healthier through raw foods, my body became or alkaline.

Coffee is highly acidifying and drinking it long terms has dangerous effects due to it’s acidic nature.

My body had started to reject coffee due to the high acid content. It no longer felt good since my cells had started to change to a more alkaline state. So, I stopped drinking it.

I didn’t stop drinking it because this study said that or that study said this. I stopped drinking it because I had become sensitive to it and it no longer felt good.

I know it’s hard to break the coffee habit and for some people it can seem down right impossible. Reason being, when your body is more acidic, it craves more acidic foods. When your body is more alkaline, it craves more alkaline foods. Disease thrives in an acidic body. The goal is to become more alkaline.

I recently came across something that might help you still get your coffee and still start getting you healthier.

According to David Wolfe, Medicinal Mushrooms neutralizes the acidity in coffee. 

Here are a list of Medicinal Mushrooms you can try using to help:

  • Reishi
  • Cordyceps
  • Maitake
  • Shitake
  • Coriolus
  • Chaga

A recipe you can try would be this:

 

Real Cafe Mocha

In a blender add:

Coffee
Maca Root Powder
Cacao Powder
honey
Medicinal Mushroom such as Shitake to start.
Goji Berries, if desired

Blend until smooth and enjoy as your morning coffee treat.

 

This is an excellent way to still enjoy your morning coffee and start to reverse the acidic effects it has taken on your body. This is not a safe pass to being able to drink coffee forever, it’s just to help you start to ween yourself off it in a safer way. The facts are coffee is a stimulant and irritates the GI tract. Your goal should be to be free of having to rely on stimulants to get you through your day and instead rely on natural energy so you can live your best life ever. Stimulant free.

My belief, from what my body tells me, is that coffee is not good for me. I believe it’s not good for you either, but I will leave that up to you to decide.

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About Natalie Collins

Natalie Marie Collins is a certified Raw Food Nutritionist and Creative Business Guide. She is passionate about how easy it is to change your body, lose weight and glow with fresh whole foods.

5 Comments

  1. Jennifer

    February 2, 2013 at 1:51 pm

    Love this recipe! I think I will have to try this and I ADORE David Wolfe!!!

  2. Sharon Rose Gibson

    February 2, 2013 at 4:03 pm

    Good job Natalie. I like the way you said depending on what you want, you can find research either way. 🙂 Coffee has always made me jittery so I’ve never did develop the habit. Now this confirms I’m not missing anything.
    I like the way you ended this, sharing the faces and then leaving it open for the reader to decide.
    Very well written and expressed

    • Natalie Wheeler

      February 3, 2013 at 9:49 pm

      Thanks Sharon! I really appreciate the wonderful comment.

  3. Natalie Wheeler

    February 3, 2013 at 9:50 pm

    I’ve honestly never tried it, but I did a little research on it and came across this yummy looking recipe that uses it as a raw food coffee substitute. Check it out! http://www.whole-body-detox-diet.com/coffee-substitute.html

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