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?
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!".
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.
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 :)
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.
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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