On International Coffee Day, we ask is coffee good for health.
If you are cutting back on alcohol or going completely alcohol-free, coffee seems the easiest choice.
Is coffee good for health? Well, every medical website says yes, but of course, in moderation.
Yes, we are obsessed with it from the train station and even bars with no alcohol-free choices other than cola. Just see the big queues, and you realise how famous coffee is.
This can be encouraging, but if the Barista is John from the local takeaway, has no idea, the queue gets longer and longer.
Poor John, it’s not his fault.
Like alcohol, we can get addicted to caffeine and coffee easily. In some way, the cups have got bigger like the wine glasses.
Are we all after the next bigger giant cup of coffee cup?
So straight up, if you reduce your alcohol content, there is a big question.
Are you addicted to coffee?
If so, it might not be as good for your health as you might think. From the shakes to lack of sleep, yep, coffee is up there.
Are you so going alcohol-free? Keep the coffee but cross-check how much.
Coffee addict, If so, consider these 5 practical options.
5- Reduce the volume of your coffee
You’re going to get a caffeine headache.
According to the University of Sydney, the blood vessels around your brain may suddenly enlarge if you abruptly stop. So try slowing down gradually instead.
Keep a coffee diary or at least clock how many you have in a day. For example, how many do you have before 10 am?
Diaries for anything like alcohol or coffee consumption are brilliant, but many people don’t bother.
The thing is, seeing your habit written down is a good thing, and it helps you get some distance.
After all, we are not talking about giving coffee up as well as alcohol, are we?
Then there is the 11 am coffee break, and before you know it, you are having the last afternoon coffee to keep you awake.
Oh, I forget to mention the impromptu pizza after work, and as they have no alcohol-free beer ( they never do), you opt for coffee.
Then, of course, you wonder why you can’t sleep!
The Sleep Centre in the Northeast f England told me that the only time our immune system is working at total capacity is when we are in a deep sleep.
So if coffee is shaking that benefit of life up, there is a good reason to reduce it, and the payoff is we might feel less ill.
I know it tastes good? Of course, but it is all about balance, right?
4- Your cups needs shrinking. What is the size of your mug?
You show off. You may be drinking more coffee than you realise because the industry standard is 6 ounces. So they say!
But like wine glasses, the size of your coffee cup has got bigger. So go large, the Barista shouts.
Many coffee houses have mugs that say they are the most “enormous coffee mugs in the world”.
So it is no wonder they are difficult to run for that train with.
I mean coffee everywhere. An excellent strategy to cut back but rather an expensive one, right?
I mean, when did you see a small glass of standard wine. When wine started, it was once small; now, you might be forgiven that a large glass of vino is 1 unit of alcohol.
Give we are only meant to consume less than 14 units, it soon mounts up.
Take your mug to work to make your cups smaller.
As the Italians say, coffee is meant to be a small drink, not a large one! So you can still have your coffee but dramatically reduce the amount.
Coaching is known for creating a structure around a habit, and it can work wonders! And a structure can also help with coffee consumption.
A smaller cup means less coffee, but you keep your caffeine fix
Fair enough, right?
3- Let’s start your coffee later.
Is coffee necessary to wake you up in the morning? Instead, drink some water.
Your alertness will increase when you’re hydrated, and you can sit down with your coffee at work. You know, next to Barbara. What a gossip she is!
But, you want that coffee, I know!
It is easy for a coffee to be the first thing we go for when we wake up.
As you repeat a habit, the neurons in your brain make more connections until you do things without thinking.
It is what is known as a subconscious action.
It is the same as knowing you can’t ride a bike to not even thinking about it.
It is the same thing that happens with alcohol. One drink after work becomes 5 and over 5 days a week.
It is just how habit works. The brain love shortcuts.
So having a cup when you get to work or at 11 am instead of 6 am could break the cycle.
But, of course, it rarely works the other way around.
2- Make a coffee brand change
Regular coffee is less caffeinated than espresso. This is because it is made from a different bean than my corner shop sells. Trust me, and you wouldn’t.
Decaf coffee or a mixture of regular and decaf coffee may also be a good option.
The great thing about the coffee market is that there are so many options, unlike many alcohol-free options.
Decaf is now accepted as part of our coffee culture. And if you suffer from hyperactivity or caffeine shakes, that is excellent news.
Just try a few out. It is like alcohol-free beer or wine; find a brand or type you like and go with that.
If you hate it, there is very little chance you will stick with any change, let alone enjoy it!
1- Stay hydrated and not with coffee
Water is underrated, and we know that even in the alcohol world, people drink to quench their thirst when the alcohol makes you thirsty.
Water is most of the body makeup, including our all-important organs.
It is the same with coffee which makes you go to the bathroom and pee a lot. You might even say to yourself that you have had too much coffee as you gallop toward the nearest toilet or restroom at work.
We have all been there, to be fair.
Your diet may be too crowded with coffee to provide enough water to your brain.
So instead, make use of refillable bottles like those annoying people in Lycra at Piccadilly Station here in Manchester, UK.
I am incapable of wearing the Lycra (or even putting it on). I am just jealous.
Go on enjoy your coffee. But when the Barista asks for your name for the coffee cup, say:
My name is “danger”.
So is coffee hurting or helping us. Is coffee good for health? Actually, yes, it has lots of scientific evidence supporting it. But at the end of the day, too much caffeine is never a good thing.
If you are cutting back on alcohol, it is a good thing but be aware of what you replace it with when it comes to quantity.
What is your view on is coffee good for health? It certainly tastes good.