Doctor’s Orders: Should I Stop Drinking Coffee?

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In my practice, get asked about coffee nearly every day. Often, my patients assume I’ll tell them to stop drinking coffee and are surprised when I tell them that it depends on their unique situation. Coffee has many health benefits, including lowering the risk of liver cancer, but it may not be benefiting you.

Here are 3 reasons to consider reducing or eliminating coffee:

  1. You NEED it to get up in the morning or through the day. This may be a sign of a larger, underlying issue. If you feel you can’t go without coffee you may want to consider taking a break or addressing other health issues.
  2. You feel anxious or jittery after drinking it. Some people don’t metabolize caffeine as well as others. If you already suffer from anxiety and coffee makes it worse, please opt for decaf.
  3. You get a stomach ache or have diarrhea after drinking. This is a clue from your intestines that coffee does not agree with you. It may also be from your creamer, so you can try switching to black, but if the problem persists you should probably find another morning beverage.

It’s no secret that I love coffee. If you’re drinking it, please make sure it’s of the highest quality (no K cup action).

A quick note on K cups: The plastic housing for the coffee is No. 7, meaning it is a mix of plastics and we don’t really know what is in them. While some have argued that the BPA exposure is low, the coffee is still passing through plastic. Many plastics have the ability to disrupt your hormones and at the end of the day, we don’t really know what they are doing in our body. For theses reasons, I ask my patients to avoid K cups.

Want to learn more about how to make your morning cup of coffee a little healthier? Check out this post.

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Choose organic coffee when possible.

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Dr. Jolene Brighten

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Dr. Jolene Brighten is a licensed Functional Medicine Naturopathic Doctor, best selling author, speaker, and mother. Dr. Brighten specializes in women’s health, from fertility to postpartum care, adrenal and thyroid support, autoimmune conditions, and digestive disorders. In her patient centered practice, Dr. Brighten thrives on navigating the space between conventional and alternative medicine, all while working with patients to help them achieve optimum balance, health, and happiness.