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Is Coffee Good Or Bad For You?

Is coffee good or bad for you?

If you travel around the world, you won’t find a shortage of coffee houses. Coffee is probably one of the most popular beverage in the world. It is estimated that in the U.S. alone 107 million people enjoy a cup of java daily.

With so many coffee drinkers globally, it can’t be really that bad, or is it? The effects of coffee on health are controversial. You may have heard that it contains antioxidants and has been linked to the reduction of many health diseases. Yet, on the other extreme, it contains caffeine, a known stimulant linked to sleep issues.

Let’s take a look at the positive and negative effects of coffee and see if it’s worth drinking the 1-2 cups of morning java.

Some positive benefits of coffee include:

  • Coffee contains antioxidants and a small amount of vitamins and minerals.

  • Caffeine is the main compound in coffee and can boost metabolic rate, provide a burst of energy, boost brain function, and improve exercise performance.

  • In older coffee drinkers, there is a lower risk of Parkinson’s, dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.

  • Coffee can help lower type 2 diabetes risk.

  • The more coffee you drink, the lower your risk of liver cancer and cirrhosis.

  • Some studies show that coffee drinkers have a lower risk of depression and a decreased tendency of suicide.

Some negative effects of coffee:

  • Coffee can reduce sleep quality.

  • Anxiety, heart palpitations, jitters, and panic attacks are common from excess caffeine.

  • Coffee has diuretic effects.

  • Coffee can initially raise blood pressure.

  • Coffee can increase cortisol levels.

So what is the bottom line on coffee?

If you can enjoy a couple of cups before noon and made from organic beans, enjoy it! And even more so if you don't need it to start your day or get withdrawals from missing a day. According to research from the Mayo Clinic, up to 400 milligrams (mg) of caffeine a day appears to be safe for most healthy adults, which equals to approximately 4 cups of coffee.

Personally, I think that 2 cups of coffee may be ideal for most. However, from my clinical experience with somewhat healthy patients, eliminating or minimizing caffeine in patients with HPA dysfunction is recommended.

In addition, if you have sleep issues, anxiety, or heart palpitations, limiting your coffee before noon may be your best bet, but you know your body best, so take a break and see how you do.

Supercharge your coffee for the ultimate health hack

With more people adopting the low carb and ketogenic lifestyle, the popularity of keto coffees or bullet proof coffees has become the rage and with good reason.

I have upgraded my cup of morning java that I have enjoyed for years with several weeks of coffee breaks but my upgraded java is delicious and with a super boost of health benefits. Some of the benefits include:

  • Improved mental clarity

  • Steady and lasting energy

  • Appetite suppressant

  • Increased metabolic rate

Check out this VIDEO for my upgraded coffee, but the basics for the recipe are 8-12 ounces of brewed organic coffee blended with the following ingredients:


Medium chain triglycerides (MCT’s) as Caprylic Acid (C8) is quickly converted into ketones, a natural efficient, alternative fuel source for the body. It helps with appetite management, mental clarity, focus, increased energy, and improved metabolic function.

Amount: 1 Tbsp.


Grass-fed butter from cows that are sustainably raised to eat grass off the land instead of cooped up in barns with hundreds of other cows eating GMO soy and corn. Grass-fed butter is higher in omega-3 fatty acids, which have anti-inflammatory properties, and more conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) which has promising anticancer effects. It also is much richer in vitamin K2, which plays an important role in bone and heart health.

Amount: 1 Tbsp.


Collagen is the most abundant protein in the body. Think of it as the glue giving structure to your skin, hair, nails, bones, joints, ligaments, cartilage, and tendons. Some benefits of collagen are healthy younger-looking skin, stronger bones, tendons, ligaments, improved athletic performance and recovery, and positive gut healing benefits.

Amount: 1 Tbsp.


Coconut cream contains MCT’s that increase insulin sensitivity and also help with gut microbiota.

Amount: 1 Tbsp.


Cinnamon has antioxidant properties and helps with healthy blood sugar levels and insulin sensitivity.

Amount: ½ tsp.


An alternative sweetener from a South American stevia plant that is up to 300 times sweeter than sugar with zero affects on blood sugar. Stevia has been documented to have medicinal benefits but not limited to antimicrobial, anti-tumor, anti-inflammatory, and diuretic purposes.

Amount: ½ tsp.



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