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Coffee the good and the bad

It pains me to write this. I am such an avid coffee drinker. I drink only the organic stuff and use spring water.

I've been battling high blood pressure for what seems to be my whole life. Its in my family, and its done its damage.

The last few years, it got increasinly really bad.. 160/110 was normal for me. I slowly transitioned to a vegan raw food diet, adding moderate exercise, and nothing seemed to help.

Until finally, I decided to nix the coffee. Within days, my blood pressure went down, and now it seems to have settled around 130/80. Each day I dont imbibe, (its about 10 days) my blood pressure gets better.

I am not suffering from any withdrawal or anything, but I deeply saddened. My blood pressure went down, but my inches and weight have gone up!! And now, come to think of it, isnt caffeine a major component to all those fat blast stacks???

I cant stand this weight gain. Its driving me NUTS! But on the flip side, my eyes are white now, (they used to be yellow), my skin is glowing and clearer, (probably because now I drink tea in its place and I am more hydrated).. But stilll..

I looked up the good and bad of coffee, and here is what I found..

1) its acidic and irritates your stomach lining.

2) increases your adrenalin response, which leads to sugar cravings later, (I didnt have any issues with sugar cravings though).

3) hard on your liver and kidneys over the long term.

But the good!

1) Makes you mentally sharp!
2) Helps you lose weight..

I bought this tea that is supposed to be good for circulation, and i had the same results, my blood pressure went up 20 points.

Its so hard for me to lose weight. But i know if I go back to coffee, after all this time of tweeking my diet, I dont think my blood pressure can handle it.

does this suck? after all the things I cut out of my diet, the coffee was the culprit.

Sun. Feb 17, 3:25pm

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Thank you so much for sharing your story. I recently gave up coffee too.

About your weight increase... I can't help but wonder if that is just inflammation that will go away. Your body is detoxing still, I bet, being able to FINALLY RELEASE all those toxins now that you are not drinking coffee anymore. Now your liver and kidneys can do their thing on hyperdrive!!

Hang in there, drink loads of water now to help flush it all out. Eat foods that support live and kidney function, avoid foods that will slow down or hinder (or make sluggish) your liver and kidneys. It sounds like you will be fine... once the storm cools down and your body finally gets all the stuff out - it sounds like you eat pretty clean. I bet you'll see your weight come back down in another week or two.

HURRAY! You figured it out! So happy for you. Everything will be alright. You'll be so much more efficient with reaching health goals. Good job!

Sunday, February 17, 2013, 4:04 PM

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Rhodiola, Ginseng & Cinnamon instead of coffee

Instead of using coffee for being "mentally sharp" you may want to look into "Rhodiola" (used for mental sharpness, as well as calming (good for cortisol and weight loss) or perhaps a ginseng of some sort.

For weight loss, you can try cinnamon. In the book, The 4-Hour Body, he recommends not more than one and a half teaspoons of "cinnamon" a day. Check this book out from your local library.

Sunday, February 17, 2013, 4:09 PM

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So, as someone that has given up coffee too, did you bloat up after you stopped too? Thanks for your encouraging post.

Sunday, February 17, 2013, 6:33 PM

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I wish I had read your post before I went to the store. Because I was feeling so fat I bought pure cranberry juice, and horsetail, dandelion and nettle supplements. I've heard a lot of good things of the calming affects of Rhodalia, (or however you spell it).

Sunday, February 17, 2013, 6:35 PM

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Thanks again for comment. Now that I am thinking about, before my 10 day sabbatical from coffee, I honestly dont know when was the last day I went without the stuff. I think I've had a cup every day every since I stopped breastfeeding, (my daughter is now 7 BTW).

I bet I am detoxing. Caffeine is a drug afterall, right? And its hard on the liver and kidneys. I just hate hate hate bloat.

Sunday, February 17, 2013, 6:41 PM

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I'm not sure what exactly is causing your bloat, but I just can't help but think it is your body adjusting, and that it will eventually bounce back again... unless of course, something else is going on? 6 to 7 years of coffee daily? That must be quite an adjustment! Wow, great job on kicking the habit. About bloat, for me, gluten makes me bloat.

I've given up coffee many times in the past. I've gone weeks without it, and it seems this past year, I was pretty much drinking 3 to 4 cups per week, with two cups on a Saturday morning.

Today I have been coffee free for about two weeks now. I have some green tea decaf, as well as herbal teas in the cupboard, but haven't fancied them lately.

Monday, February 18, 2013, 4:00 PM

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I like coffee the most instead of other drinking products like tea.

Thursday, February 21, 2013, 4:28 AM

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I love coffee but I can do without it. I used to be so addicted, and now I'm ok.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013, 9:36 AM

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Yeah, I am not as compulsive about it like I used to be. I think it was more of an automatic habit than anything. But once I stopped, it wasnt a big deal at all.

Thursday, February 28, 2013, 8:57 AM

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I only drank one cup a day and my stomach was killing me from acid reflux. Say I am done!!!!

Sunday, March 03, 2013, 7:25 PM

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Well coffee and regular exercise can increase, metabolic rate up to 43% recently it has been found in research that coffee intake is very good, for keeping our mind aware for long time. There are many health benefits of coffee but it should, be consumed in limit.


Tuesday, March 05, 2013, 1:42 AM

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Coffee has a number of benefits for the health and fitness.
It controls the cholesterol level and improve the heart heath.
It is also good for the fat burning and weight management.
But it should be used within limit, too much use of the coffee can be harmful for the health specially for the liver health.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013, 12:35 PM

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