Dear Dr. Tom Roselle,
I listened to your show just now, 7/14, and stepped away for a second and came back and you were ending saying something about coffee & black tea; sounded as if you were saying they’re bad for you. The latest I heard was that 3-4 cups of coffee per day for a male is good. What’s your findings about coffee? Thank you!
Curious About Coffee
Dear Curious About Coffee,
Coffee and black tea is not good for most people even though there is some evidence to indicate that small amounts may be helpful. Many journals are now indicating that coffee positive effects are mostly associated with cognitive function. However on the negative side the following is true:
1. Coffee is dehydrating.
2. Coffee is a significant stimulant (caffeine) subsequently causing irregular heart beat, anxiety, and increase muscle facilitation.
3. Most coffee is acidic.
4. Coffee increases (more than 1cup per day) calcium / bone loss and risk of osteoporosis.
5. Because of the production of a substance called Adenosine it constricts blood vessels and increases the risk of high blood pressure and increases stiffness in skeletal muscles.
6. Coffee is an alkaloid (takes 12 hours to be completely eliminated from the body), and will reduce the bodies capacity to go into deep sleep.
7. It can also irritate the digestive system, bladder and prostate.
If you experience any of these effects, you’re better off avoiding coffee.
8. Coffee has high levels of pesticides.
9. Long term coffee use has a tendency to decrease stomach digestive enzymes.
So, if you are going to drink coffee beware of the above and follow these suggestions.
1. Drink at least 1 glass of water before your up of coffee.
2. Only drink coffee in the morning.
3. Drink organic coffee only.
4. Drink a coffee that is more neutral to alkaline (Kona Organic).
5. Use filtered alkaline water.
6. Make sure you are not allergic to coffee.
Good Health and Wellness to You!
Dr. Tom Roselle