“Caffeine is a drug. It’s not a nutrient and it’s not a normal part of our diet. It doesn’t provide any nourishment”
AUT Professor of Nutrition Dr Elaine Rush, on the effects of caffeine on the human body.
Coffee has taken over our world. The growth of coffee as a ‘daily fix’ has been a modern-day success story. Coffee is easily now the most popular drink in the world, with over 400 billion cups consumed every year. This is more than a billion cups every day — and growing all the time. Between 80 and 90% of adults and children in the Western world now consume caffeine daily (adults drink coffee and kids drink soft drinks). Most people do not realise how addictive caffeine is. People can go months, years, even decades, without skipping coffee or caffeine for a single day.
Coffee stops the most important repair mechanism we have: sleep
Coffee stops you sleeping, and we are chronically under slept. Coffee (along with the resulting lack of sleep) weakens the liver; we have more serious liver problems globally now than we ever have in history. Coffee agitates you and increases stress hormones. Coffee is a stimulating toxin that causes much of what we do not need at the time when we least need it.
- We do not need any help raising blood pressure.
- We do not need any help with insomnia.
- We do not need any help in taxing our nervous system.
- We do not need any help weakening our liver.
- We do not need any help in the regular ‘over stimulation’ of our adrenal glands.
- We do not need any help with poor genetic expression.
- And we certainly do not need any help removing nutrition from the human body, given many of us are already overfed, undernourished and lacking in iron, calcium, B vitamins and vitamin C.
Balance is everything
If we were living on a tropical island, relaxed and happy, healthy, lean, strong, flexible and energetic, in a great daily routine of early wake times, daily movement and eating fresh plant foods while being well rested and with almost no stress in our lives, then the occasional coffee would not be a problem. However, this is not how we live in the real world. In our modern obesogenic society, with all of the external environmental and lifestyle pressures placed on us, coffee is the last thing we need.
Give it up and then test yourself
Give up coffee for three months and then have a strong coffee. This will show you exactly the effect it has on your body systems. You can start to see that making the simplest changes (replace your coffee addiction with a healthy green tea habit) will start to make the biggest differences to your health and longevity. Anyone interested in high-level health should avoid coffee. Regular quality green tea is part of a smart longevity strategy. Drink no coffee = better sleep = better liver = better skin, energy and longevity.
Jason wishes to deeply thank, acknowledge and recognise the effort and contribution that the PIF Foundation has provided on a voluntary basis since 2014, as we educated, motivated and inspired change that helps transform the health, vitality and longevity of people all over the world.