Having my daily coffee is one of those luxury moments for me. I look forward to it, I savour it, whether I’m on my own or with a friend it’s one of those little pleasures of life.
As a Clinical Nutritionist, one of the big fears my clients have when they first come to see me is that I'm gong to tell them to give up their coffee! As a holistic health practitioner, I believe there are major benefits from doing anything that puts a smile on your face. But of course, there’s always limits to this. For me, sitting down and eating a massive block of quality dark chocolate would put a smile on MY face, but I know it’s not really the best thing for me to be doing EVERY day of the week.
With coffee, the general rule is that as long as it doesn’t become a necessity in order for you to function normally, go ahead and drink it. The problem with coffee is of course, that it’s incredibly addictive.
For me, 1 cup (very occasionally 2) per day is my limit. For some people, they NEED 2 cups in the morning just to have the energy to start their normal day, and then continue to drink it throughout the day to keep their energy levels normal.
This is not ok.
This is where other issues are at play, whether they be adrenal related, sleep disturbances, addiction, less than ideal diet or something else, perhaps even grief or depression.
The good thing is that there are many health benefits from coffee drinking, and even 1-2 cups per day can provide these.
Coffee is an excellent source of antioxidants, which lower inflammation in the body, providing protective benefits from cardiovascular disease, dementia, cancer, depression and much more.
There are a number of studies looking at the benefits of drinking coffee and I was looking at one recently which showed that habitual coffee drinkers (more than 1.5 coffees/day) were shown to be half as likely to develop Type 2 Diabetes than non-coffee drinkers. These people were followed over a period of 10 years, and factors such as smoking, high blood pressure, intake of other caffeinated beverages and family history of diabetes were accounted for, and still this benefit was shown.
This has been seen in other studies and provides a theory that the antioxidants in coffee may protect the pancreas. More research still needs to be done, but this is good enough for me to continue enjoying my daily cup of goodness x