Welcome to Ask Whole9 Canada, where Summer Innanen and Sarah Ramsden answer all of your health and nutrition questions. In this week’s episode, Clarissa from Toronto asks us, “Is coffee bad for you??”
We’ll say this up front–this is one topic that does not have a black or white answer. It is a situation where your individual context matters, as noted in the Whole9 Coffee Manifesto.
We see studies that show that coffee can be good for us, but we cannot forget that coffee is a potent stimulant and stressor on the body. This stress can lead to adrenal burnout and consequently other health issues, such as: PMS, digestive issues, hormonal imbalances, blood sugar regulation issues (got cravings and the need for caffeine at 3pm?), weight gain, sleep disruptions, and overall feelings of fatigue and lassitude.
In this episode of S&STV, we tell you when coffee fits into a balanced lifestyle, how to know if you should avoid it, what the risks are if you consume too much, as well as the best way to enjoy it.
The Canadian brand that we (Summer, because Sarah does not like coffee) love is Kicking Horse–in particular their decaf blend (which goes very well with their Kick-Ass blend if you are doing a half-caf). Their decaffeination process uses a Swiss Water technique that is free of the solvents typically used such as methylene chloride or ethyl acetate.
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