Is Coffee Healthy?

Let's talk coffee, shall we?

Coffee is one of the most loved beverages out there, and it's not surprising why. Aside from its comforting flavour and aroma and daily ritual associated with drinking it, for most people, it's a reliable way to provide a quick boost of energy and mental stamina.

But is it healthy for you?

The answer isn't as simple as you might think, and that's because everyone is so different. There are, however, a number of factors involved in whether or not coffee is healthy for you.

IS COFFEE HEALTHY?

Mold

The pulp on the coffee cherry, when unwashed, can lead to mould growing on the bean (green and roasted). Those with existing gut health issues can be very sensitive to this mold.

Mold-free coffee:

Mycotoxin-free coffee is coffee that is washed and processed. The coffee cherry pulp is washed off of the bean early in the process so that mold doesn't proliferate.
 
Chemicals (organic vs non-organic):
Organic and non-organic coffee contain antioxidants which help to reduce cellular damage. Non-organic coffee contains chemical residue from the growing process which can disrupt the nervous system and cause skin irritation, hormone imbalances, gut irritation and the Environmental Protection Agency has noted these chemical also contain carcinogens, the material that promotes cancer growth in the body. 
 
Nervous System: 
Those who suffer from IBS and SIBO are often found to be in constant sympathetic overdrive. Coffee can stimulate our nervous system and bring us into our sympathetic state which can shut down digestion.
 
I've found for myself that I can only tolerate 1 cup of coffee per day, otherwise it's too harsh on my nervous system.
 
Hormones/Detox:

It's really important to have a balance when it comes to liver detoxification. Since coffee increases phase 1 liver detox, we want to focus on ways we can also increase phase 2:

Foods

 

  • Broccoli (any cruciferous veg) sulfurophane 
  • Turmeric
  • Rosemary (sprigs in smoothie or supplement form) 
  • Cilantro 
Supplements: 
  • Curcumin
  • NAC
  • All amino acids (glycine, taurine, glutamine) 
  • Calcium D Glucarate 
  • MSM

Now that you know a little more about coffee and how it can impact your health, you can decide for yourself if you think you can tolerate it well or not! What's most important is that you practice listening to your body. This means being aware of how coffee makes you feel, how it impacts your mood, your energy, and your digestion.


For those of you who do tolerate coffee well, check out our latest video where we discuss more about coffee, plus share a recipe for a delicious Cold Brew Lime & Tonic Iced Coffee!

In health,

The IBS Academy

 

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