A lot of clients ask about coffee – “is it bad?” “is it good?” “how much should I have?” It can be a bit of a complex discussion, however generally we recommend no more than 2 cups per day.
Coffee contains a lot of compounds that exert different effects in the body. One of the most talked about compounds in coffee is caffeine. Caffeine stimulates the nervous system, which is why people generally feel ‘jittery’ or ‘a rush of energy’ after a cup of coffee. Most people can tolerate this extra stimulation, however, for others, such as those with anxiety or chronic stress problems, this may not be ideal. Another reminder that each person is different.
On the positive side, some research supports the idea that regular coffee consumption may have beneficial effects on health, such as assisting with weight management and weight loss, and reducing the risk of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease. Though more research is needed to confirm this.
Many of our practitioners in the clinic enjoy coffee. We like to use these simple guidelines for our coffee consumption:
✔️ Drink coffee because you genuinely feel like it, not so much to increase your energy
✔️ Avoid coffee if you are already feeling anxious / nervous
✔️ Avoid coffee at times of the day when you know it will have an impact on your sleep that night
✔️ Ditch adding sugar if you can (try to gradually reduce it so you adjust to the taste)
✔️ For a coffee alternative, we love herbal teas, dandelion tea, chai (avoid chia syrups and powders), and turmeric lattes.
Happy & Healthy Coffee Drinking ????