Coffee has a long history, dating as far back as the 10th century. Ethiopia used coffee beans for medicinal purposes and even nicknamed it the “magical fruit”.  Europeans quickly spread coffee all over the land as early as 1615. Coffee houses sprang up all over Europe and became a drink of nobility.

American’s seem to run off of coffee these days. Just the smell of it brings people to life.  Some research even suggests coffee makes people smarter! I want to look at the pro’s and con’s of coffee and let you decide for yourself.

Pro’s

  • Coffee blocks Adenosine, causing norepinephrine and dopamine to increase. This results in the enhanced firing of neurons. This is also known as “sharper thinking”.
  • Coffee enhances adrenaline levels and can cause greater fat burning during workouts.
  • Caffeine in coffee raises your metabolism.
  • Coffee drinkers have a 25%-50% lower risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes. (1)
  • It’s delicious!
  • Coffee cleans the liver, people who drink coffee have an 80% lower risk of cirrhosis when drank in moderate amounts. (2)
  • Coffee is a great source of antioxidants which help dispatch the free radicals in our bodies.

Con’s

  • The caffeine in coffee can overstimulate the nervous system resulting in insomnia, nervousness, increase heart rate and upset stomach.
  • Drinking coffee on an empty stomach produces large amounts of hydrochloric acid, when there isn’t a meal for the acid to break down it gets passed into the intestines causing gas and bloating  and can lead to IBS or even colon cancer.
  • The acid from the coffee beans is hard on the stomach and can weaken the stomach lining resulting in ulcers and H pylori infections.
  • Coffee stimulates the bowels to move but when over consumed the bowels can not complete digestion and food doesn’t get broken down completely, this can lead to leaky gut and inflammation.
  • Coffee beans is one of the highest sprayed produce in the world. Over 250lbs of chemicals cover an acre of beans a year. It is essential that the coffee your consuming be Organic to avoid the pesticides.

As you can see coffee has some fantastic benefits if drank in moderation, about 1 to 2 cups per day. Caffeine can be addicting and after a while our bodies need more of the same amount to produce that great coffee effect.  It’s tempting to want to add another cup! If your going to consume coffee please get an organic brand so your morning cup is not filled with pesticides.