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10 Reasons to Quit Your Coffee
Posted By Mark Hyman, M.D. On July 6, 2012 @ 10:38 am In Detox, Health & Wellness, Healthy Eating | 8 Comments
Coffee: Is it good or bad for us? You might get media whiplash trying to figure that out. The truth is, I find this subject to be as confusing as you probably do.
After all, the media certainly doesn’t help clarify whether America’s favorite morning beverage is going to land you in the doc’s office or set you free with a clean bill of health. It’s no wonder so many of you shrug your shoulders in utter confusion as you refill your morning mug and get on with your day!
I know all about this adoration of coffee. I, too, was smitten and enamored with Coffea Arabica. We had our courtship during the 1990s, when I worked more than 80 hours in the emergency room and saw 30 to 40 patients a day.
I traded sleep for espresso, authentic energy for Haagen Daz coffee ice cream and normal circadian rhythms for high-speed, caffeinated adrenaline rushes.
But then, my body began to communicate to me what I had been attempting to ignore — that I needed to slow down and let the natural systems assume their proper course. You can read more about how I successfully turned my health around here .
As I began to tune into my body and provide it with what it really wanted — fresh, whole, real, unprocessed foods; sleep; relaxation; and the time to enjoy the life I had created for myself and my family — I was able to break up with coffee and make up with my health.
You can too, and I’m going to tell you how. But first, let’s discuss what makes coffee such a hot topic  widely disputed in today’s health circles.
While there are many controversies surrounding coffee’s role in the prevention of Parkinson’s Disease and breast cancer, I’m mostly interested in the conversation relating to its effect on blood sugar metabolism. If you have read my latest book, The Blood Sugar Solution , then you already know how insulin resistance and inflammation are at the core of modern-day chronic diseases.
The single most important healthy habit any of us can adopt is to manage our blood sugar by decreasing the triggers that push it out of balance. Curious if coffee is one of those triggers?
In the 1980s and 1990s, several studies were done to investigate the correlation between coffee and diabetes. Many of those studies reported that there is an inverse dose-dependent association with the risk of Type 2 diabetes . This means that for reasons still unclear, all those research studies found that the more coffee people with normal blood sugar drank, the less risk appeared for developing Type 2 diabetes.
Not surprisingly, the news channels immediately sounded the bell that coffee was protective, and we all enjoyed our “cup of Joe” without any remorse.
Until the next report.
Some curious minds wanted to know exactly who was protected. And why? And how? These subsequent studies showed that in people with Type 2 diabetes, coffee intake was correlated with insulin spikes and increased blood sugar after a meal. Further research has shown that the caffeine in coffee might be the culprit responsible for the secretion of higher levels of insulin from the pancreas.
Clearly, higher insulin and glucose levels are not what we want to bestow on a body healing from insulin resistance. Considering that diabesity  affects nearly 1.7 billion people worldwide, the nightly news now sounded the alarm of caution that perhaps our collective coffee habit is a detrimental addiction that needs to be kicked to the curb.
So, while certain populations of people may tolerate coffee and even enjoy some health benefits, it is evident that it is not for everyone. That’s why I ask anyone on my program to remove it from their diet.
If you’re reading this, chances are that either you or someone you care about is sick, inflamed, hormonally imbalanced, nutritionally compromised, overworked, stressed out, fatigued, depressed and/or toxic. And coffee is not a medicine that will aid in your healing.
So now what? If you think you can’t cut that coffee out, think again. I did it and now I want you to feel the same level of renewal and restoration I experienced.
It’s a wise experiment to take a break from coffee  and see what it feels like to live your life on your own fuel. Remove coffee and caffeine safely from your system and see how authentically energized you feel!
Those who consume the most caffeine, alcohol and sugar tend to have the most difficulty giving up coffee initially. In any event, symptoms of withdrawal usually disappear after three or four days. It is best to slowly reduce your intake of caffeine and coffee. Here are some tips to do it right:
I know this is a difficult goal, but I assure you that your body and mind will thank you. The sense of calm, clarity and restful sleep will reward you with the simple pleasures of innate health and an energy that is rightfully yours.
To your good health,
Mark Hyman, M.D.
This blog post originally appeared on HuffingtonPost.com .
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 what makes coffee such a hot topic: http://life.gaiam.com/article/coffee-good-bad-confusing
 The Blood Sugar Solution: http://www.bloodsugarsolution.com/
 Type 2 diabetes: http://life.gaiam.com/video/mayo-clinic-alternative-therapies-type-2-diabetes
 diabesity: http://life.gaiam.com/article/diabesity-modern-plague
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 The UltraSimple Diet: http://store.drhyman.com/Store/Show/Books/761/The-UltraSimple-Dietreg-Book-Kickstart-Your-Metabolism-and-Safely-Lose-Up-to-10-Pounds-in-Seven-Days
 HuffingtonPost.com: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dr-mark-hyman/quit-coffee_b_1598108.html
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