Last week I blogged a confession... I am addicted to coffee! I do want to just add that in my practice I actually ask a lot of my clients, at least temporarily, to give it up! This seems a little hypocritical of me so let me explain...
I see people who are moderately to severely unwell. I seek to find the underlying causes and drivers and clear these away to allow the body to re-balance and heal.
An already inflamed/irritated gut can find coffee too disruptive, irritating and consequently disregulating (often loosening bowels and causing urgency and diarrhea), therefore it can get in the way of a gut healing program. Beyond that, Coffee is often too much of a challenge for an already compromised liver which is not detoxifying well, and this will allow the toxins of the coffee to get into the bloodstream and negatively challenge other body systems such as your endocrine system (hormones) and your nervous system. This can drive /exacerbate PMS, PCOS and other reproductive problems in women and worsen menopausal symptoms such as hot flushes, Coffee can also drive irritability, anxiety, inability to concentrate, sleep disruption.
Therefore, if you have any symptoms that are to do with your digestive system, nervous system or reproductive system you should strongly consider not drinking coffee, at least until you are symptom free!
Meryn Wakelin is a Naturopath, Medical Herbalist, Nutrition Consultant (and passionate cook of all good food) with clinics in Pukekohe and Parnell, Auckland, New Zealand.