The dark side of coffee drinks

Coffee Drink

For all you Starbucks and Dunkin’ Donuts fans, I have an important message for you.

Those sweet coffee drinks that you love so much have a very dark side—and I’m not referring to how dark the coffee roast is.

Here’s what you must know about these concoctions that may taste good, but are anything but good for you.

The numbers
The average large flavored iced coffee drink or skim milk latte packs a whopping 350 calories.

That’s more than a hot fudge sundae!

And whole milk lattes are even worse—they weigh in at about 450 calories!

That’s about two Hershey’s chocolate bars.

The typical recommended intake for the average person is 2,000 to 2,500 calories a day. So even if you’re only having one of these drinks each day, you’re looking at about 20 percent of your entire day’s calories in one shot.
Plus remember those are empty calories, so they won’t fill you up or nourish you.

And last but not least, there’s also the cost.

It boggles my mind how people spend between $3 and $7 for a nutrient-anemic, sugar-loaded coffee drink, yet will complain about the price of something like a dozen organic eggs which costs about $3.50.

Next, there is…

The sugar
There are various forms of sugar that can be swirling around in your fancy coffee–table sugar, brown sugar, molasses and copious amounts of the worst offender–high fructose corn syrup.

High fructose corn syrup stresses your liver, it causes more fat storage than other sugars and it’s even been found to contain heavy metals like mercury.

Plus sugar in ANY form increases your risk of heart disease and cancer, in addition to the obvious obesity and Type 2 diabetes.

Here are two more health consequences of sugar that are less obvious:

1- Cognitive decline and dementia
Elevated blood sugar levels are fast becoming significant markers for cognitive decline and dementia.

The reason why is because sugar clogs the nutrient channels in all of your cells.  Not only can this weaken your bones and muscles, but it can slow down communication between your nerve cells–which can lead to mood swings, memory problems and eventually dementia.

In addition, every single teaspoon of sugar decreases your body’s supply of B vitamins, and B vitamins are crucial for mental functioning.

2- Weakened immune system functioning
Sugar feeds harmful yeasts and parasites in your intestinal tract and depresses your immune system functioning.

Plus it throws off your intestinal flora balance, creating an environment which favors harmful bacteria.  This continues the cycle of depressed immune functioning, irritates the gut wall and can impair nutrient absorption.

Last but not least there’s…

The acid
For optimal health, your body must maintain a slightly alkaline blood pH of 7.365.

When your blood drops toward the acidic range (under 7), your body uses its own stores of alkaline minerals (calcium and magnesium) to buffer the acid.  Eventually, this can cause deficiencies and increase your risk of osteoporosis, among other things.

Your diet has a tremendous impact on your body’s pH, and the most acid you take in, the more acidic you can become.

Coffee has a pH of about 5—which is far better than soda (at about 3), but still well into the acid range.

With pH, it’s all a matter of balance, and as long as the majority of your diet is alkaline, your body can maintain a healthy pH…even if you have a cup of coffee!

However, our typical diets that are heavy on processed and fast foods, soda and coffee present a daily acid barrage that is very tough for your body to overcome.

So now what?
If you’re a fancy coffee lover, rest assured there are alternatives that are far less harmful.

First of all, brew your own coffee at home and choose organic brands (Jim’s Organic Coffee is excellent).

And don’t you dare balk about the cost of a pound of organic coffee—especially if you’ve been paying five bucks a cup or more at the coffee shop.  You’ll be saving boatloads of money.

Try to reduce or eliminate the sugar—you’ll be surprised how quickly you can adjust to the taste.  If you have to have sweetness, opt for stevia.

As far as creams go, organic cream, half and half or milk are your best bets.  Stay FAR AWAY from powdered creamers, which are loaded with trans-fats.

For flavors try adding a dash of cinnamon or a drop of vanilla or maple extract.

Lastly, limit your consumption to one cup in the morning, then balance it off with water throughout the rest of the day to help counteract the acidity.

Help your body recover
If you’ve been a sweetened coffee-a-holic for a while, chances are excellent that you may already be paying the health price of too much sugar and/or acid.

But you can help turn that around by incorporating more alkaline foods like fresh vegetables into your diet and relying less on acidy processed foods in general.  Great Taste No Pain can help guide you here and give you some valuable information about acid-alkaline balance.

In addition, to help reverse any sugar-induced imbalanced gut flora going on and maintain a healthy intestinal flora population, Super Shield multi-strain probiotic formula is your ticket.

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