Coffee does not give you energy
Before you reach for that morning pick me up, it is important to thoroughly understand how caffeine affects your body. Coffee can have many positive benefits to health. It is a great source of protective antioxidants, and increases the activity of the neurotransmitter dopamine which enhances delivery of nutrients and oxygen to the muscles and brain. Coffee also increases workout endurance, increases insulin sensitivity and a high intake (at least six cups a day) lowers the risk of type 2 diabetes by 54 percent in men and 30 percent in women.[1. http://www.naturalnews.com/028036_coffee_antioxidants.html]
Unfortunately, this is where the benefits of coffee end. Caffeine intake triggers your adrenal glands to release adrenalin, the hormone responsible for the body’s stress (fight or flight) response. This brings all the effects of the stress response on the body with it: increased blood pressure, heart rate, and elevated blood sugar.[2. The Memory Solution by Dr Julian Whitaker, page 261] While useful under physical exertion, our bodies were not designed to chronically secrete adrenalin frequently. Drinking a cup of coffee in the morning sets the body up for a roller coaster of energy highs and lows. A few hours after drinking caffeine, the energy crash begins, which often sends the drinker reaching for another cup to cancel out this inevitable fatigue, irritability, and brain fog. This leads to energy spikes and crashes all day long, eventually ending in adrenal burnout over a chronic use. Also of note is coffee’s acidic effect on the body. Coffee raises the acidity of the blood which leads to calcium being pulled from your bones and teeth for use as a buffering agent. Because of this, there is a very clear and established link between coffee consumption, osteoporosis, and hip fractures.[3. http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2010/01/30/if-you-drink-coffee-make-sure-it-is-organic.aspx]
There is no such thing as a free lunch. Likewise, drinking caffeine does not add energy to your system but merely burns up the reserves at a faster pace.[4. The Unofficial Guide to Beating Stress by Pat Goudey, page 136] If you are already experiencing the effects of chronic caffeine use and adrenal fatigue, then now is the best time to ween yourself from this artificial energy booster. Once the caffeine withdrawal symptoms subside and your adrenals have recovered, it is time to enjoy the normal, natural, abundant energy levels of a healthy body. This cannot be achieved without providing your body with the proper nutrients.
Maximized Living Nutrition Plans along with the guidance of your local Maximized Living doctor can help bring back normal energy levels through building a strong nutritional foundation for your body.