The Coffee Conspiracy
Have You Been Duped By The Alluring Promise of The #1 Most Used DRUG in The World?
By Yuri Elkaim
THE NEGATIVE EFFECTS OF DRINKING COFFEE
It’s true that coffee does give you more energy, but the problem is that coffee boosts energy very quickly and very abruptly. What happens when anything rises very quickly? Just the opposite: It also falls very quickly.
If you’ve ever had a cup of coffee and then felt a little bit of a crash maybe an hour or two afterward, that’s because of what’s going on inside your body.
1. BLOOD SUGAR ROLLERCOASTER
Let’s talk about specifically is going on with your blood sugar when you drink coffee. Once you understand the effects of blood sugar and insulin, everything else makes a lot of sense.
Let’s say you wake up in the morning and you feel a little bit groggy, so you brew a pot of coffee. Whether or not you put sugar in it doesn’t matter; we’re going to focus on just the caffeine.
This is like your wakeup mode. You have a cup of coffee and all of a sudden, boom, your energy goes through the roof. You’re feeling great.
So you go to work and you feel productive for a while, but then something happens. Your energy starts to lag and you don’t feel so good.
Well, what do you do? Maybe you go for another coffee, maybe you go for a little pick-me-up of some kind, maybe some sugar, and that brings you back up again because of an increase in blood sugar.
And just as happened before, in a little while you’ll feel that crash again.
2. SUGAR, INSULIN, AND ADRENAL FATIGUE
Here’s why you’re feeling the negative effects of coffee drinking.
First, let’s deal with any sugar you might be taking in along with the coffee. Insulin is secreted from your pancreas to take a lot of that sugar out of the blood, and, as a result, your blood sugar drops.
Second, you have two little glands the size of walnuts sitting on top of your kidneys called your adrenal glands. The fact they are so small is likely one of the reasons they get worn out fairly easily.
When you have a drink of caffeine – it could be a Red Bull, Monster, a cup of coffee, whatever – they see that as a form of stress. Their job is to respond to stress. So when you drink caffeine, they will shoot out stress hormones into your bloodstream: cortisol and adrenaline.
With adrenaline, you feel pretty good – it’s like your body is saying, “That’s cool, we’re ready to go!”
The problem with adrenaline is that it goes to different stores in your body – glycogen in your muscles and fat cells in some cases – and breaks that down into individual glucose molecules, or individual sugar molecules, and then enters your bloodstream.
That’s where the problem begins because now you’re breaking down your energy reserves, which increases your blood sugar. The reason for that is because it’s preparing your body to fight or run away, using that sugar for immediate energy.
So you have this fast spike in blood sugar, but that only lasts for a little while because then the hormone insulin comes along and says, “Hey, we can’t have elevated sugar in the blood; it’s dangerous. We’ve got to get this stuff out of here.”
Insulin then takes the sugar out of the blood, causing an energy crash. Then you don’t feel so good, so you go for another cup of coffee or some more sugar and it goes up again.
This non-stop cycle – especially if you’re using stimulants like caffeine or sugar, or any type of stress, for that matter, if you’re stressed out about finances, work, whatever it is – impacts your adrenal glands in the major way, no matter what kind of stress you’re feeling.
It’s as if you are on a roller coaster – caffeine and sugar are taking you on a ride throughout the day, up and down the energy ladder.
REALITY CHECK: STIMULANTS WILL WEAR YOU DOWN
The problem is that, nowadays, most people seek energy through stimulation. The reason you’re so tired and not as energetic as you want to be is because your two little adrenal glands are worn out.
The more they’re called into action, the quicker they get worn out.
It’s a simple wear-and-tear scenario. It’s like driving your car a million miles; eventually, it’s not going to work very well.
We want to reduce the amount of demand on these adrenals so they don’t have to pump out as much stress hormone as they normally do.
How do we do that?
I’ve talked about the importance of energy through tranquility. Doing things like silent meditation or just sitting in silence, gratitude journaling, visualization, deep breathing. These are all simple things you can do throughout the day at any point for a minute, or even less, that will reduce the stress coming in and reduce this whole cascade of events.
The other thing is that we need to look at substituting coffee – at least the caffeinated version – and get the caffeine out of your system.
Here’s the thing: Caffeine is the number one drug in the Western world. The problem with drugs is that you need more of them to get that initial impact.
The first time you had coffee, you probably felt a little bit jittery; then, the more you drank coffee, you stopped feeling like that, and that’s because your body adapted.
The more you use it, the more you need in order to feel the same effect. You’re not going to feel that great for the first couple days if you move away from caffeine, it’s true.
But I will also tell you the flip side of things is way better than anything you’ve ever felt while drinking caffeine.
Try to switch to decaf, try to drink more water. Water is an amazing energizer; it’s actually really important for our bodies.
You also can change your beverages to gain more energy.
Things like green juices, green smoothies, or any kind of greens drink where you’re naturally getting in great nutrition will help your blood improve its overall health. It will allow the oxygen in your body to get where it needs to go to produce the energy you need and not rely so much on coffee.
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Yes, we all want more energy. Caffeine gives us that initial quick jolt, and then we feel like crap.
Caffeine is not the savior you’ve been told it is.
Hopefully this has got the wheels turning in your head. Hopefully it serves you. Let’s cut out the caffeine, and bring in the energy-boosting and health promoting nutrients.