Is Coffee Bad for Me?

The truth is, there is no one universal answer to this one.

Why?
Your genetic disposition to how well your body metabolises caffeine is unique.

Believe it or not, coffee inherently isn’t bad. Good quality beans contain powerful antioxidants and also assist in phase 1 detoxification (there are 3 phases).

Some people can have several coffees a day, even as late as 6pm, and not experience the usual caffeine intolerance symptoms. Their genetics are wired to detoxify caffeine quickly and efficiently.

Others of us can’t really have more than 1-2 coffees a day, otherwise we suffer the usual symptoms associated with caffeine:

Restlessness
Feeling hyper
On edge
Jumpy/jolty
Heart palpitations
Shaking hands
Inability to unwind at bedtime
Insomnia

Some of us can’t tolerate coffee at all, and even just a small cappuccino can trigger the symptoms mentioned above.

If you are one of the people who experiences these symptoms, most likely you are one of the people whose genetics don’t support coffee intake.

If you used to get these symptoms but have made your body become accustomed to them, you are also part of the group whose genetics don’t support coffee intake, but you have now trained your body to increase it’s tolerance to it.

That’s not necessarily a sign that you now tolerate coffee.

If your body is intolerant to something but you still continue to expose said stimulus to it, this will cause to physiological imbalances and inflammation.

You may find you start to develop migraines, IBS, lack of focus/clarity, anxiety, lack of energy (yes, really), food sensitivities and lower immune function.

If you’re one of these people, that doesn’t mean you need to cut out all caffeine, as teas which contain high caffeine content don’t have the same effect on the body (I shall discuss this in another post).

Your best caffeinated options range from black tea, green tea, matcha and oolong.

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