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Should I give up coffee?

by (4240) Updated April 19, 2014 at 9:28 AM Created May 24, 2011 at 5:06 PM

Ok, so I'm a Type 1 diabetic that loves coffee. I've given it up in the past and am considering doing so again, however there are days that I find it hard to be productive without it. I'm hoping that doing so will help me sleep better and have better cortisol control. I've also heard that it can cause gut issues and glucose metabolism issues in Diabetics. I always seem to pick up some other vice like chewing gum when I do so. So should I give up coffee?

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77348 · May 24, 2011 at 5:19 PM

NO! Unless it is causing you particular problems (like for some people the half-life of caffeine in the body is longer for others and it causes sleep disturbances) I would say keep it in your diet. It has magnesium and is protective against heavy metals, etc. And besides it just tastes good. Unfortunately, I am particularly sensitive to caffeine and so have to severely limit my intake. If that's not the case with you, then I say "ENJOY!".

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5216 · May 24, 2011 at 6:22 PM

It's worth giving it a shot. Just do the 30 day thing and reintroduce. I did it and found out pretty quick that coffee at times exacerbates fatigue. If I drink a cup on a good day, it's not really a problem. But on a bad day, man it's mean to me. It can be harsh on your adrenals and harsh on your thyroids. If you have digestive problem, it can exacerbate them. Try it and tell us how it went.

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0 · April 19, 2014 at 9:28 AM

Yes, @stringbeany sounds like a very typical story. I started up this year after decades off it, and quickly progressed so that I need my fix or get a headache. I agree it disrupts probiotics, & many are addicted to the digestive acceleration.

Considering the other strictures my 'food combining" plus "blood type" plus paleo requires, black unfiltered roast beans finely ground sipped-to-the-dregs is my current pecadillo.

Read the previous comment, by hc_primal - their brilliant idea to increase the coffee 'crema' with the addition of butter and oil. From tomoro that will be my new treat.

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0 · April 19, 2014 at 4:42 AM

I have tried giving up coffee too BC of ulcer issues but sometimes I can't resist. On paleo I gave it up BC it usually made me hungry, but I've tried the bullet proof coffee concept of adding butter and coconut oil in it, no sugar, and it is a nice energy boost without the cravings because the fats keep you satiated. It's part of my "intermittent fasting" routine. I can go till 2-3pm before my first meal

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15261 · April 18, 2014 at 8:45 PM

IMHO I wouldn't cut it out unless you think it's giving you specific problems, for example a friend of mine who loves coffee figured out that it was giving him migranes.

I think coffee in moderate amounts is good for you, and cultures that have good longevity and health are often coffee-consuming cultures.

Obviously this applies to the coffee itself, not any sugars, chocolates, sweetened whipped cream, etc. that might go into it, i.e. coffee not a Frapuccino.

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15 · April 18, 2014 at 12:39 PM

No need to give up until it is in limit. 2 cups in a day are fine.

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0 · April 06, 2014 at 6:34 PM

Yeah coffee is the Nectar of the Gods and I love the stuff to death straight black and piping hot but personally I can tell when I weaned myself off coffee sometime last year, I felt SO much better during the day. I didn't have to shit my brains out every morning during class, my head didn't hurt throughout the day, and I didn't need a drink to wake me up. In the winter I like to drink it so I started again several months ago and can tell it makes me feel like crap overall. I'm weaning off it again and feel much better. I'm also feeling like it disrupts probiotics.

But if you don't feel a general worse-ness while having coffee it does seem to have beneficial effects too. If, that is, you get a good source of coffee beans. They go rancid easily which is not tasty as pure black coffee and not healthy. If you're not sure if it's good quality, drink it black - you'll soon know.

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77348 · May 24, 2011 at 10:10 PM

I went back on Coffee after being off it for years, because it tastes good without sugar and I was dead tired in my first 30 days on Paleo. After 3 months back tho I noticed feeling pretty lackluster yesterday when I didn't have any and had only white tea.

I like the idea of forcing myself to switch it up regularly. Coffee a few days a week, tea a couple days and maybe hot broth a couple of days. It's the warm cuppa in the morning that I love so it should work.

I only have 2 cups of anything caffeine in the morning but as usual coffee is an artificial prop for me and I only notice that when I don't have it.

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9983 · May 24, 2011 at 6:17 PM

Absolutely not. http://nephropal.blogspot.com/2009/10/beans-coffe-and-cacao.html

Coffee and cacao are one of man's best natural substances to limit inflammation in the body.

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7946 · May 24, 2011 at 5:20 PM

I've given up caffeinated coffee, mostly. I used to slug back cups and cups of coffees and redeyes (coffee with a shot of espresso). I figured it couldn't be helping me with my inability to get to sleep at a reasonable time. Also thought I had some cortisol issues.

I gradually switched to teas and decafs. Then for a while I would only drink 99.9% decaf coffee and tea I had brewed to be decaffeinated (basically do a 30 second brew, throw out the water, and brew it again. The first 30 seconds extracts most of the caffeine).

I felt a lot better and got a lot better sleep, but you'll still have to pry my decaf out of my cold, dead hands.

I fully admit to making a half-caf when I get to work if I've really had a rough night, which happens occasionally with two very young kids at home :)

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