Coffee & Alcohol

Many of us do love coffee and the smell is just divine. And alcohol. Unfortunately, we also overdo both. Coffee is the 2nd most consumed drink in the world, after water.

I used to drink tea daily, till my body became intolerant to it. I then switched to coffee. When I came off coffee, I had withdrawal symptoms. A nasty headache on the 2nd day of not drinking coffee. I resisted the urge to reach for a coffee or a pain killer. We don't want to suppress the body from doing what it needs.

By day 3, no headache and felt more energetic. I now drink coffee very occasionally, like once or twice a month at most. Often going months without coffee at all, because I don't need it.

I have also stopped drinking all alcohol. I wasn't a big drinker anyway, but would binge on occasion, which is far worse for the body.

Although there are positive aspects to coffee, like potassium, riboflavin (B2) and antioxidants like cafestol (enhances memory), trigonelline (the bitter taste in roasted coffee, antibacterial), chlorogenic acid (antioxidant, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory) and of course, caffeine, that is being researched as a possible antioxidant; coffee itself is a diuretic. Same as black teas.

This doesn't just make you pee more frequently, it also dehydrates the body, including the organs (the brain in an organ). Alcohol also dehydrates the body.

So unless you are eating a shopping trolley full of fruit and vegetables daily, your body will be in a constant state of dehydration, even if you don't feel thirsty. This dehydration of the body can lead to headaches, diminished attention span, lack of energy, etc.

"So what?" You may exclaim. "I like my coffee & alcohol."

Well, if our bodies are in a constant state of dehydration, this means that our blood becomes thicker. Thicker blood, means that it travels slower round the body. Less oxygen reaches our organs as well.

So even though caffeine stimulates the central nervous system that leads to increased attentiveness, focus and can help with athletic performance, the long term effects on overall health is something we need to consider.

We can energise our bodies and our brains more effectively by consuming an abundance of fruit and vegetables daily. You will find that you will wake up way more easily and have more energy throughout the day.

On days when you do feel like having a coffee, make sure to eat even more high water fruit and vegetables, increase your water intake and coconut water.

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