About Me

I have been a teacher of fitness and health for thirty years. In 1989 I was certified for personal training with the National Acadamy of Sports Medicine. I had a gym in Santa Barbara for eight years. Co-owned and created a spinning bike company which manufactured bikes for five years. Also I have worked with nutrition companies for twenty years. Along with many wonderful non famous people I have trained many celebrities, and members of the Royal Family. My own athletic past consists of long distance running, long distance cycling, cross country skiing, down hill skiing, rollerblading, hiking, sand running, track work, and weight training. I have authored two fitness columns in local papers, and have been writing this blog since January 2010.

Saturday, January 30, 2010

The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly of Coffee

Researching coffee is interesting. There is evidence that coffee can be beneficial for you and evidence that it is not good for you. It depends on which study you want to read. It is a pro's and con's battle for the truth about coffee.

Here are some of the negative effects that coffee is said to have on your health;

Coffee has high amounts of Vitamin K in it. It will effect the coagulability of your blood, making it bad for people that are at high risk for heart attack and stroke.

Decreases the quality of your sleep, and will aggravate stress in people who drink it daily.

Coffee hampers the absorption of essential minerals such as magnesium, zinc, potassium, iron, and B vitamins.

Can contribute to tooth decay. Coffee leaches calcium from your bones.

Coffee is one of the most heavily sprayed crops. It is also one of the most acidic things we put into our bodies. Disease and illness happens when we are acidic.

And here are some reported benefits;

Caffeine stimulates intellectual activity when you are tired or bored.
Caffeine speeds up fat metabolism during exercise, while reducing hunger.
Caffeine reduces the risk of creating gall stones.
Caffeine may protect from colon cancer and cirrhosis of the liver.

Coffee may protect against Asthma and Parkinson's disease.
Coffee has four times the amounts of antioxidants than Green Tea.
Coffee enhances performance and memory, and works as an anti-depressant.
Coffee can reduce migraines, but may also cause them...Go figure!

So there you have it...a bunch of conflicting information about coffee. Good or Bad, that is the question. I think the best thing to do is drink it in moderation....anything to excess is bad for you. Moderation is the answer to most things.

Enjoy a cup of coffee, but be careful of the "fattening" special coffee drinks that can add hundreds of unwanted fat calories to your diet. It's just not worth it!

Till Tomorrow,

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