I’m breaking up with Joe
Cup of Joe, that is.
I know it’s not the most mature thing to do this publicly, but I really don’t want to be alone with you again. I didn’t want to chicken out, so I wrote you a letter. Please don’t make a scene.
You always leave me wanting more. But when I’m done with you, I feel anxious and jittery, wishing we’d never met. When I’m done with you, my skin and breath reek of you. I can’t get your taste out of my mouth. When I try to avoid you, I get a raging headache and feel irritable for days…
You see Joe, it’s not you, it’s me. I don’t like you anymore. My stomach can’t handle you and I hate how dependent I become in such a short amount of time. You are all too eager to acquiesce to my morning desire, but I just can’t take this any longer.
So, sayonara Joe. Don’t ask me to reconsider – I’ve most definitely had my fill.
You might be wondering why I’m breaking up with coffee…again.
Here’s the thing, I have a love/hate relationship with the bean… I love the ritual, I love the smell – I even love the taste. The problem is: coffee doesn’t love me back.
It’s a vicious cycle, to be honest. I get off the bean and feel downright crummy for two days, with a horrendous headache and major brain fog. Then, after those couple of days pass, the fog lifts and I find that I have more energy throughout the day. So why do I ever go back to it, you ask? Um, did I not just mention the ritual, smell, and taste? I mean, really, what’s a girl to do?! But here I am, with post-coffee jitters once again, ruing the day I ever took my first sip. It is time to give up the morning cup once and for all!
To support me in my (for-real-this-time) break-up, I did a little research on the detriments of java drinking. Here is what I found in regards to eczema (a common ailment of mine), acidity and adrenal health:
Eczema is most commonly linked to food intolerances and leaky gut. Know what exacerbates leaky gut? You guessed it: coffee! According to Natural News, avoiding coffee (even decaf), will help to alleviate eczema symptoms. Guess I can sell my stock in cortisone cream after all….
*Foods that help a leaky gut include cabbage and fresh ginger, both of which soothe and heal a leaky gut.
Acidity…as in: heartburn and acid reflux…gross.
“Coffee is highly acidic and it can stimulate the hypersecretion of gastric acids. Decaffeinated coffee has been shown to increase acidity to a greater degree than either regular coffee or caffeine alone.15 Both caffeine and coffee stimulate gastric acid secretion and decaffeinated coffee raises serum gastrin levels.16, 17 A study comparing the ability of decaffeinated coffee with that of a high protein meal to increase gastric acid secretion and gastrin levels found that decaffeinated coffee was a more powerful stimulant of acid secretion and gastrin release than the high protein.18
Coffee tends to speed up the process of gastric emptying, which may result in highly acidic stomach contents passing into the small intestine more rapidly than normal. This may lead to injury of the intestinal tissue.19
There is a clear relationship between reduction of stomach acid and heartburn relief.20″
(See above references here.)
Lastly, according to Dr. Lawrence Wilson an expert in nutritional balancing science for over 30 years, “stimulants, such as coffee, cause a great deal of damage to the adrenal glands, leading to feelings of extreme fatigue, depression and an overall experience of burnout.”
The adrenal glands are essential for life. They secrete a number of hormones that prepare our bodies to respond to stress, particularly adrenaline and cortisol, which activate the body’s fight-or-flight response. Pretty important stuff – and I’ve definitely been feeling more edgy lately…
With these new considerations, I’m ready to make some changes. So, I guess that settles it: I’m saying good-bye to my daily indulgence and kicking the bean for good!
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