Let’s explore the link between coffee, energy and stress.
Coffee and other stimulant drugs don’t give energy; they give stress and elevate the nervous system.
A near miss in the car in an emergency wakes us up but it’s not good for us to feel like that constantly.
Drinking coffee produces that same rush of adrenaline and stress hormones so we mistake drinking coffee with giving us energy when all coffee does is give us fake energy in the form of stress.
Stimulants like coffee cause overproduction of adrenal hormones such as cortisol and adrenaline.
In the short term that causes problems because high levels of cortisol are catabolic and accelerate ageing. In the long term, repeated stimulant use adds to the accumulated unremitting stress of modern life and results in adrenal fatigue.
Consuming excess coffee increases the risk of heart disease, osteoporosis, premenstrual syndrome, anxiety and fibrocystic breast disease.
Roasting coffee beans also results in accumulation of the carcinogenic chemical acrylamide.
So next time you want a coffee to ask yourself do I love my coffee or do I need it? If you need it then why? Could it be because you are exhausted and can’t make it through the day without the hit of caffeine?
Peppermint tea anyone?