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Is Too Much Coffee Draining Your
by The Free
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Is too much coffee draining your energy?
Do you need four to six cups of coffee each day just to stay awake? Is
America on a collision course with low energy levels just as it is with
The lack of energy can be traced to poor diet, stress, food allergies, liver
problems, too much sugar, too much caffeine and adrenal exhaustion. The
adrenal glands are the big energy regulators in the body. They are just like
a bank. If you make a withdrawal, you need to recharge or make deposits
before you go to the bank again. That is where coffee begins to become an
energy depleter and not an energy builder. Caffeine forces your adrenals to
secrete energy hormones even when your body does not have much to offer.
Over the years it takes more and more coffee to get the same result. (Do you
think Starbucks knows about this?) The adrenals are responsible for
releasing more than 150 hormones into your body including adrenalin,
testosterone and cortisol.
Doctors know that constant high levels of cortisol shrink the part of the
brain that is responsible for memory. Cortisol also interferes with the
immune system making you less able to fight off infections. If you are
drinking three or more cups of coffee a day your adrenals are depleted. Your
body is in a constant state of "fight or flight." Coffee, the very
substance you thought was giving you that little kick is actually, in the
long run depleting your energy levels to almost zero. Over stimulating the
adrenals leads to fatigue, insomnia, weight gain, depression and a weakened
immune system. Caffeine has been shown to stay in people's systems for as
long as eight and up to thirty hours. Like other herbs and drugs it affects
each person in a different manner.
Caffeine also forces the liver to release more glucose into the blood
stream. This produces a blood sugar high that is often followed by a severe
drop in blood sugar. (The need for a nap or another cup of coffee!) Extra
coffee also puts added stress on your kidneys.
So what is wrong with your coffee habit if it lures you out of bed every
morning? The reason you may be craving that coffee every morning is that you
are addicted to its effects. Coffee or caffeine withdrawal headaches can be
terrible. They often come with the overwhelming feeling of fatigue as your
body tries to recuperate from its former caffeine driven pace. If you skip
your morning coffee you get a terrible headache. Caffeine acts as a
vasoconstrictor in the brain. That means it actually constricts blood
vessels in the brain and decreases circulation! When caffeine is not present
the sudden increased circulation causes headaches.
What is the answer if you are someone like me who loves the aroma of dark
coffee and just can't say no? The good news is that you can wean yourself
down from the several cups a day and eventually off coffee completely if you
do it slowly over a two to three week period. You can also rebuild your
adrenal glands with herbs and help from organic whole foods. I like to
recommend super food blends that are very dense in nutrients and minerals.
Your diet should be a building diet and avoid or cut back on stimulants,
sugar, sodium and alcohol. Foods rich in Potassium should be added to the
diet This will help the adrenals by correcting the potassium/sodium balance
in the body.
You can also help rebuild the adrenals by adding several herbs to your
diet. Some of the best adrenal builders are cayenne,
ginger and hawthorn. It is also a good idea to drink plenty of water and
evaluate your sleep to make sure you are getting restful sleep and waking up
energized. One final point on energy. One reason we as a society may feel we
need more stimulants is because the main energy vitamin, B-12, is stored in
the liver. As you know, the liver is bombarded with all types of toxins and
pollutants on a daily basis and struggles to perform at a high level. Doing
a regular cleansing routine will help keep the liver in good shape and
hopefully help you store more B-12 for your energy needs.