COFFEE (AND CAFFEINE)
HOW SHOULD I "USE" IT? OR SHOULD I?
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Zero coffee is just fine. We do not need it. However, health professionals approve of one cup of coffee as being ok and stimulative of alertness. In excess, coffee will stiffen arteries and raise blood pressure and cholesterol levels.
WHAT WE HEAR...AND BELIEVE...
Coffee is needed to get you going in the morning.
Coffee increases your mental alertness and your ability to take tests well.
Coffee is one of the best anti-oxidants.
But did we drink it as cavemen? Do we need to now?
Do we need artificial stimulants?
Don't those cause side effects?
Isn't coffee highly acidic? (I add pH drops to it.)
Doesn't it therefore hurt calcium storage/supply and utilization, creating side effects?
Don't we put possibly harmful extra stuff into the coffee to flavor it?
Doesn't drinking it affect my body's ability to regulate and stimulate itself?
COULDN'T I, INSTEAD...?
Given that I am seeking the three objectives in the first section, can't I achieve those through other methods that are less toxic and homeostasis disturbing?
SO, I AM EXPLORING...WHETHER TO...
I'll let you know what the results are of my experiments with replacing it...
I got off of coffee for more than a month, as I thought it would be better for me to self generate my "energy", especially since my health practitioner (Kirk Hamilton) was having me on a "perfect" high nutrition diet (lots of greens!). We tried all sorts of supplements, which did not feel like they "upped" me at all, though I did get to no longer having cold hands in the morning.
So, feeling a bit stiff and non-energetic, non-strong one morning I went over to the cafe and had a good tall cup of bold blend - and I felt good all day, rather quickly. I tried the "ready brewed" (see sidebar) the next morning and I felt better quickly.
So, for now, unless there is a change somewhere else that works, I will use coffee as a wake up, alertness, feel stronger product.
I took my blood pressure before and after to test out the effect and my blood pressure was normal. I have noted no jitteriness nor other side effects.
SIMPLIFIES, CUTS TIME
Using the strategy in the side bar, simplifies things and I don't have to hassle with prepping the coffee or waiting for it to brew (I don't set the timer for automatic starting).
It saves space, with nothing to take up space on the counter nor in the pantry.
A BETTER ALTERNATIVE
Working out early in the morning is a better alternative for waking yourself up, if it is something you will do. I would recommend it over coffee, along the idea that artificially stimulating the body might throw it off a bit (out of homeostasis and its own natural way of awakening and firing up).
Write to me if you have something better, especially a good reference. Contact.