IS COFFEE BAD FOR YOU?
Coffee often gets a bad wrap, some sources claim it is unhealthy and some claim it is healthy, all I know is that I have found it serves a beneficial purpose in my life, and discovering this has helped me release all guilt of drinking something I previously thought may have been harming my overall health.
After having spent time contemplating coffee and how I use it, after having had time away from it, and having time drinking it, I have found that for my path it serves me really well, when I drink it as medicine! When I get inspired to taste, smell, and feel coffee I honour those feelings and enjoy it, without any guilt, this has helped me discover the drink to be medicine!
If we think drinking coffee is bad for us, and we still consume it, we are doing more harm than good, we are harnessing feelings of guilt inside our energetic body which may overtime manifest into physical discord! If you are to make just one change with drinking coffee, I would strongly recommend aligning your emotions and thoughts into ones of guilt-free joy when you drink it.
My body does not want nor need coffee every day, I had a period of time in my University study days where I would easily drink 1 - 3 cups of coffee a day, along with not enough high nutritional food, way too little sleep, and lots of mental, emotional, and physical stress, the coffee no doubt added to my physical stress on my poor body at the time, which was tired every single day, yet got pushed beyond its limits in order to get as much work done as was necessary to be what I considered as ‘successful woman’. Coffee in this context is so toxic, it was masking my imbalances, it was pushing my adrenals to work over time, it was giving me borrowed energy at the expense of depleting vibrant health in other areas of my body. I was a physical mess, after I graduated from my University course, I was malnourished, super skinny, had a very weak digestive system, something had to give, and it did, my immune system was the lowest I had known it to be, and my digestive system the weakest I had known it to be, had developed a ‘food allergy’/an intolerance to wheat, which was a sure sign that my immune system was hindered.
Lucky for me I found the path of raw food healing, I learnt to eat and enjoy nutrient-rich food in its most potent form, raw, straight from Nature. I also journeyed on a big 3 month parasite cleanse (physical, but also mental and emotional!), and a 1 month juice cleanse, I also learnt to rest, to honour my natural cycles of resting and exerting, I learnt to listen and trust the guidance of my body. These were my main forms of healing, and re-aligning my body into vibrant health, and resetting my digestive system.
With this powerful connection of clear communication from my body, I know clearly that it does not want coffee every single day, not even every single week or month! I harvest enough natural energy from nutrient-rich organic food, breathing, regular exercise/body movement, time in Nature and the natural elements.
Some days I wake up feeling inspired to taste coffee, inspired to feel its stimulating and inspiring effects on my mind, body and emotions! If I ever relied on coffee for these effects I believe I would develop an unhealthy relationship with it, I would develop a dependence which I feel does not serve any of us, depending on ANYTHING outside of us to feel good is not vibrant health, or balance.
Last week I overate a few nights in a row, and had a few days of not exercising/moving my body due to heavy rain and simply being a little lazy indoors (enjoyed it ;) ). This slowed down my digestive system, and my tummy did not feel very happy, it was turning, and one night I even woke up from my sleep feeling nauseas. I decided I would potentially fast for part of the following day, however I woke up with the inspiration to have a coffee, and so late morning I did, I made a big yummy organic coffee with coconut milk, some SuperFeast medicinal mushrooms (these add in extra minerals for our body, I find them really balancing when added to coffee), I drunk the coffee and enjoying every sip, feeling so grateful for the inspiration to make and drink this medicinal cup of hot goodness! Sure enough my appetite came back a bit later in the afternoon, I made a yummy dinner and was all reset, my tummy felt happy, no bloating, weird noises, discomfort or nausea, I felt fuelled up and content! Coffee in this moment acted as fire for my sluggish digestive system, it cleared out what needed to go ;) and reset me, also by having a half day break from eating food I gave my digestive system a chance to catch back up with itself.
If I were using coffee to rebalance my digestive system daily or weekly, I would be masking a bigger problem, that would not be medicine, it would be avoidance, if you have any digestive imbalance I would highly encourage you to get to the root cause of it/them and spend the time healing the imbalance/rebalancing, it is so worth the work and the journey!
Coffee for me is medicine, I never feel addicted to it, I never feel like I rely on it in any way, it comes as inspiration to enjoy it, and when I do drink coffee I thoroughly enjoy the entire experience, making it or buying it, smelling, holding and drinking it. I only ever buy organic coffee (apparently 100% organic coffee does not exist, but I at least choose those labelled as organic, knowing they would have a lot less synthetic chemicals on them - my body does not get jittering when I drink these coffees, try it and experience it to discover your own truth of organic being better or not), conventional coffee is sprayed with a multitude of synthetic chemicals which do more harm to both our own eco system and the eco system of Nature, I prefer to have no coffee than conventional coffee, and I am very particular about which milk I will drink, anything with preservatives, numbers,, heavily processed ingredients, ingredients I cannot even pronounce, or natural flavour (aka GMO, neutral toxin) is a big no.
I have also used coffee to soothe an asthma attack a couple of times now, the caffeine relaxes the lungs and allows oxygen to be breathed into them! It is almost like magic! (Yes I am working on the root cause of this asthma which previously re-surfaced during my Vipassana meditation course last month, let’s see what is going on there). In my eyes coffee can be medicine, depending on how we use it, or it can be detrimental to our overall harmony if we rely on it for any of its effects! Each person will need to journey with coffee through trial and error to discover if it serves their wellbeing or not.