The Dangers of Drinking Coffee

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Coffee, as we drink it today, originated in the 13th century in what is today known as Ethiopia. By the 16th century, coffee had spread to Egypt, Yemen, Persia, Turkey and northern Africa. From there, it went to Italy and the rest of Western Europe, as well as Indonesia and the Americas.

Types of coffee

Coffee traders decided to create code names, such as Java, Mocha, and cappuccino to protect the actual sources where the coffee beans were acquired. It just so happens that these names indicated the regions where the beans were grown. Java is an island in Indonesia. Mocha is a city in Yemen, Arabia. Cappuccino derives its name from the Italian city Capuchin. The word coffee derives from kaf, the Ethiopian name for coffee.

Physical effects

Coffee is a stimulant to the central nervous system. Drinking coffee inhibits the release of natural brain opiates, which make you feel good and counteracts pain. Women need all the natural brain opiates their bodies can hold, especially around their menstrual periods and not to mention childbirth. Coffee may rev you up for a while, but is sure to bring down as well.

Excessive consumption of coffee causes shaking and trembling of the hands due to nervousness. Coffee greatly impairs the nervous system. Coffee also harms the adrenal glands. It revs up these glands, but also brings them down. Anything that goes up and then down is taxing for the body.

Coffee contains the stimulant caffeine. Unlike bioactive caffeine found in green tea, black tea, yerba mate, guarana, and kola nut, the caffeine in coffee is considered dead. Caffeine is a central nervous system stimulant that is followed by a depressed phase involving exhaustion, nervousness, irritability, fatigue, and often headaches.

The volatile oil in caffeine called caffeol is an irritant to the lining of the stomach and causes poor digestion.

Caffeine constricts blood vessels of the brain and causes decreased flow of blood, which cuts the oxygen supply to the brain, resulting in a headache. It also increases your heartbeat 15% and makes your lungs work 13 times harder than normal. It greatly plays a role in fatigue as well.

Healthier Solutions

A great alternative to drinking coffee is Teeccino herbal coffee, made of roasted carob, barley, chicory root, figs, dates, orange peel and almonds. It is delicious and tastes just like coffee. You can find it at most health food stores such as Whole Foods Market.

Herbal teas such as guarana, kola nut, and yerba mate are also excellent alternatives to coffee and include bioactive caffeine, which is not deleterious to the body.

The herbs borage, basil, licorice, ginseng, astragalus, and fo ti are great for restoring the adrenal glands.

Thank you for reading!

2013-06-13T09:25:55+00:00

Related Questions

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    Q: Hey herbalist, so I have been doing a lot of research on caffeine, and the benefits and harms of it. I am looking for some added information about the differences between the caffeine found naturally in coffee or tea, and the kind found in pure caffeine pills. I have heard that the pills are much more harmful, but have not been able to find proof of why. With the exception of "its made in a lab, therefore it must be worse". If you could shed some light on the matter, I would greatly appreciate it! Just one more question. I have read that caffeine blocks the re-uptake of glutamate. This can cause glutamate toxicity (resulting in dead brain cells), but I am skeptical as to how often this occurs. Will that happen if one takes just 200-mg of caffeine? Is it for the chronic caffeine users who drink 6 cups of coffee a day for 10 years? Thanks so much for your time and effort! looking forward to some knowledge!

    A:

    Nature does not make caffeine or any substance in mono-structured form, including caffeine. Caffeine consumed by itself is harmful (a la caffeine pills -- nature does not produce caffeine pills). Caffeine pills are INORGANIC and thus not absorbed by the body (the cells). Bio-caffeiene from plant sources is ORGANIC and thus absorbable. Organic substances can be absorbed through the cells. Inorganic substances cannot. Inorganic caffeine blocks reuptake of glutamate, and that's another reason why synthetic caffeine is harmful. Organic caffeine does not block reuptake of glutamate.

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    Q: Hello My name is Mark from Montreal. I have hepatitis C & cirrhosis that I got thru blood transfusions years ago. I take very good care of myself but I?m confused about coffee enemas. I?m seeing a biochemist and he tells me to stay away from coffee enemas. Can you please explain to me the benefits for me in taking coffee enemas? Could they be too strong for me and if not how many times a month should I do it?

    A:

    Coffee enemas are one of the best remedies for any liver disease. You may perform coffee enemies weekly (twice a week) to help your condition. Also, take 3 capsules of our Liver Formula 4 times a day and drink lemon water (water with lemon juice squeezed in it).

    If you really want to accelerate healing, perform our Full Body Cleanse and perform those enemas while doing the cleanse.

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    Q: Can I drink coffee with caffeine while on 21day cleans?

    A: No, you cannot consume any kind of coffee or caffeine while cleansing. One of the main purposes of the cleanse, is to give your body a break from the things it's accustom to receiving; letting your body function on it's own. It's common for people to get proper sleep at night, have energy, but still have a need to consume coffee or some type of caffeine. It's important for your body to produce natural energy. You can consume herbal tea's while cleansing, Green Tea provides the most energy. The Dangers of Drinking Coffee - https://dherbs.com/news/4844/4669/The-Dangers-of-Drinking-Coffee/d,ai.html

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    Q: Hello, I have recently become more sensitive to my body and I am trying to make better health choices. Thanks to your newsletter I've now stopped drinking coffee and switched to Yerba Matte. I have to say I do enjoy it very much. Only now am I going thru the withdrawals of caffeine. I first wanted to say thank you for that. My question is what herbs can I take that will help my memory both short term and long terms. My inability to recall something that happened, something I said, or even what I ate is becoming very frustrating. Also I am experiencing beginning symptoms of a kidney infection. Is the something I can take to help cleanse my body or help eliminate toxins that cause kidney infections? Please help with your suggestions. Thanks

    A:

    To improve memory I would suggest BRAIN TUNER Formula and BRAIN TUNER TEA consumed daily. For your kidney situation, consider performing the Full Body Detox Cleanse! Glad to hear of your like of herbal tea over coffee. Glad the newsletter is serving beneficial to you.

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    Q: Can I drink black coffee on the FULL BODY DETOX?

    A:

    Unfortunately you cannot drink any caffeine's including coffee. The detox regimen is designed to help promote natural energy. You can still achieve a natural energy by the foods we eat such as ginger, berries, avocado and plenty more. You are allowed to consume herbal teas, but nothing else should be processed, cooked or heated.

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    Q: I'm trying to find the harmful effects of coffee and toothpaste. Any replacement suggestions?

    A:

    I suggest you read the articles â€THE DANGERS OF DRINKING COFFEE†and †BEWARE OF TOOTHPASTE AND DENTAL HYGIENE PRODUCTS†articles on our site under "Articles."

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    Q: I am taking the FULL BODY DETOX. I am working 3rd shift tonight. I am trying to avoid coffee. Please give me a healthy alternative to stay awake. Also is there something herbal I can take to help me calm down to sleep during the day?

    A:

    The best way to provide your body with more energy would be to consume foods that have a rich source of energy.  Foods that naturally provide the body with energy include banana, spinach, citrus fruits like grapefruits and oranges, apples, almonds and lemons.  Green Tea and Yerba Mate tea is also a good source of energy.  Camomille or Kava Kava tea can help calm you when you're ready for bed.  If your schedule constantly flucuates, you might be interested in the Energy Formula. 

    Energy Formula - http://dherbs.com/store/energy-formula-p-26.html?sgst=1

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    Q: Will you please share with me your regimen for asthma relief, that you discovered in 1996 (read your coffee article).

    A:

    I would suggest you first perform the Full Body Detox, followed by the Lungs and Respiratory Cleanse. Drink Lungs Tea while performing these kits, and use the exercises in the Mental Science Manual e-book to expedite your healing Beloved!

    Please read our article "Respiratory Problems" in our articles section.
    Respiratory Health

    Product Links:
    Full Body Detox
    Respiratory Cleanse and Regimen
    The Mental Science Manual

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    Q: I am interested in starting the Full Body Detox program. At this time, I would like to know which program is best for me. At current, I have started removing things from my diet as of 2 weeks ago (pork, chicken, red meat, I'm trying with the fish but it's hard!) I am not eating cheese but I still eat yogurt and every now and then I will eat a boiled egg (egg whites). I have removed soda from my diet, no coffee, I drink herbal or green tea, pomegranate juice or orange juice and I drink filtered water (I have a countertop filter that I change every 6 months and the Brita pitcher that I change every 2 months). Along with the supplement, is there an eating plan that you can suggest for me? I am eating more fruits and vegetables, but I would welcome suggestions on certain foods that I can eat while I begin my cleansing.

    A:

    The Full Body Detox kit comes with a prescribed dietary plan and notifies a person what they can and cannot eat during the detox.

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    Q: Sorry to bother you again but you are a wealth of knowledge and I appreciate all your information you give us. I am 44yrs old and have 20 pounds to lose. After I quit taking EHEDRINE I started gaining my weight back. I use to take EPHEDRINE to keep the weight off and no longer am able to order it in my state of Minnesota because it is banned. So I ordered some EPHDRA POWDER in hopes it would do the same for me as the ephedrine did but the ephdra powder doesn't SUPPRESS MY APPETITE like the ephedrine tablets did. I was wondering what I could add to the powder to bring out the appetite suppressant qualities in the ephdra powder. I have tried to brew it with my coffee and that hasn't helped either. I really would like to take this weight off and ephedrine was the only thing that helped me and I pray that your knowledge would help me to lose this excess weight. I bought your thyroid capsules and wondering how long before I will notice any energy difference. (I have a hypothyroid which is probably the cause of the gaining weight but the ephedrine helped me with that also). I pray you can

    A:

    You're giving external factors too much power over you. Things never heal us, only placate us. Truly answers lie within. What did Ephedrine have that God did not put in you? Forget about keeping weight off, instead focus on maintaining your desired weight. Why do you need to suppress your appetite? What you suppress in one area will manifest in another area. Suppression does not heal, only hides things and allows things to grow. Your challenge is to cultivate self discipline and maintain your desired weight. Read my article â€EPHEDRA†under articles. Ephedrine is a damn drug! Drugs don't heal, they only suppress! Nature (Ephedra) takes time! My knowledge cannot help you to lose weight, but only stimulate you into taking control of your own life and health, especially pertaining to weight. Your power lies within! It dos not come from outside of self! The Kingdom of God is WITHIN!

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    Q: I have a 17 years old daughter that is taking the brain toner for her epileptic seizures for about a month now. I wanted to know how long with the effects take place to allow sufficient oxygen to her brain, and will the seizures eventually cease? My daughter is on a herbal, and conscious diet, but I am still working on her eating out to restaurants every now and then. Working on her getting the proper rest each day, since she is a junior in high school. Please let me know if there is anything else I need to do, since she did have a small seizure today, which is better than the ones she has had in the past. I know it will take some time for the brain toner to work.

    A:

    Patience is required in healing, Beloved! Let nature take her natural course! Also, there may be underlying metaphysical causative factors for the seizures. I would suggest adding Ethereal Bliss with Brain Tuner, and she should also drink the Brain Tuner Tea along with taking the capsules. These are optional, but I do recommend them, at least to experiment with in hopes of facilitating elimination of the seizures. Have her perform deep breathing exercises on a daily basis too! A raw foods/vegan diet is BEST for her too! Undoubtedly so! Those restaurants are using some very dangerous chemicals. Drive this point home to her!

    Product Links:
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    Brain Tuner
    Brain Tuner Tea

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    Q: I read on the web that Licorice will restore your adrenal glands. That will help restore body chemistry and regain control of Ejaculation. Also the cordyceps will also support your adrenals and will give you much needed energy for sex and other aspects of your life. Is this true?

    A:

    Yes, Cordyceps and Licorice can support the adrenal glands and provide additional benefits that affect your entire system.

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    Q: I have small twitching of the body and muscles for two years. Doctors can't tell me anything. So I was thinking to take your CENTRAL NERVOUS SYSTEM FORMULA. It wouldn't hurt me if I'm wrong and taking it for nothing. I think it's a worth of try. What do you think?

    A:

    First, perform the FULL BODY DETOX. After this kit, take CENTRAL NERVOUS SYSTEM FORMULA, NERVES FORMULA

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    Q: I am taking more than 20-30 herbal supplements a day and am wondering if it's okay to mix or take all of them at the same time. Here's an example of some I am taking: Burdock, Yellow Dock, Sarsaparilla, Kelp, Licorice Root, Oregon Grape Root, Red Clover, Zinc, Copper, Selenium, Calcium, Magnesium, 50 Chlorella tablets 200mg, 10 500mg Spirulina capsules elderberry, echinacea, goldenseal, vitamin e, gotu kola, american ginseng guarana, dong quai, guggulipid, red yeast rice, hoodia, dandelion, cod liver oil, neptune krill oil, acai, psyllium husks, apple pectin, oat bran chromium picolinate, wormwood, damiana, st johns wort, 5-htp and pycnogenol not to mention others. They are mostly in gelatin capsules. I am concerned that too much gelatin is bad for me too!

    A:

    You are overloading your body! Spread those supplements out throughout your day. Take 6 of them at a time every 3 hours or so. This is best for your body!

    For example:
    7 a.m.
    Burdock
    Yellow Dock
    Sarsaparilla
    Kelp
    Licorice Root
    Oregon Grape Root
    10 a.m.
    Red Clover
    Zinc
    Copper
    Selenium
    Calcium
    Magnesium


    1 p.m.
    50 Chlorella tablets 200mg
    10 500mg Spirulina capsules
    elderberry
    echinacea
    goldenseal
    vitamin e


    4 p.m.
    gotu kola
    american ginseng
    guarana
    dong quai
    guggulipid
    red yeast rice


    7 p.m.
    dandelion
    cod liver oil
    neptune krill oil
    acai
    psyllium husks
    Before bedtime
    apple pectin
    oat bran
    chromium picolinate
    wormwood
    damiana
    st johns wort
    5-htp
    pycnogenol


    We do not reccomend Gelatin capsules. Gelatin capsules are hard to digest in the body, which is why we offer vegetarian capsules.

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    Q: First of all hello and thank you for the FULL BODY DETOX. I completed the full detox August 5, 08 and found it extremely beneficial, again, thank you. Please let me know your opinion regarding the "Abgone" Extra Strength pill that reportedly promotes pot belly loss (the one issue I continue to confront). I exercise, I do yoga and I jog four times weekly 3 miles. Never the less I still have a "pot belly". I contacted "Biotech Research" and was advised that this is an all natural product. The ingredients are said to be Vitamin C, Zinc, Chromium Polynitic, Phofphatidylserine, Clabcaa, Dandelion Powder, 99% Caffeine, Green Tea Extract, The capsule is made of soybean, beeswax, gelatin, glycerin and red dye #40. Please respond at your earliest convenience.

    A:

    That product ABGONE is crap due to the ingredients. No product is your solution, but the mind (thoughts, attitude), diet, lifestyle, etc. Stop worrying about the pot belly and focus on your desired state. Only see your results in your mind and you will attract the results on the material plane. Please read through some of our articles, beloved!

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    Q: I wish there was an herbal replacement to wean from the Prednisone and Fludrocortisone enabling the Adrenal Glands to again begin to produce the right amount of Cortisol. Prunella and I think Rasberry Leaf are good for genital herpes. Can anything actually remove the antibody from the system.

    A:

    I suggest you try our ADRENALIZER FORMULA and KIDNEYS AND BLADDER Formula. In regards to "Genital Herpes" you should read a few our articles on the subject. â€GENITAL HERPES (HSVII)â€, â€IS GENTIAL HERPES REALLY CURABLE?â€? Red Raspberry Leaf is good for herpes, but not a cure all.

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    Q: Great article. Doctors and mothers often say that if a fever gets too high that it can cause brain damage. As I was writing the previous sentence- the answer intuitively came to me. The brain can get "cooked" if there isn't enough moisture in the body. So drinking a TON of water is imperative.

    A:

    THANK YOU, Beloved!

    Doctors taught scared ignorant mothers to believe that a high fever (if not brought down) can cause brain damage so as to sell fever medicine. Everything in Western medicine is based upon fear, fear, fear! Abd for what? PROFIT and CONTROL!

    The body intelligence would never cook the brain unless a person's dharma was so severe that the brain and the body would do the most craziest things to help kill the person so as to prevent/end the misery and suffering and to stop the severe breach of contract (as we contracted for our lives and physical body in this present incarnation).

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    Q: I was reading about a famous black author who died of brain cancer and I wanted to know what does it mean on a metaphysical level? Cancer of the brain, breast, colon, mouth. What does this signify other than extreme toxicity? What does poor circulation mean metaphysically speaking? Do you think there is a link between hair dyes, hair relaxers (burners) and brain cancer and lupus among black females. This is "off the cuff" but I hate seeing black females with straightened hair and hair coloring. I really hate it. I hate long claws (fake fingernails).

    A:

    Metaphysically, cancer denotes a feeling being eaten up (on the inside) by some emotion or emotions, always negative emotions. Mouth cancer - the person refused to speak out their hurt, anger, pain, etc. Breast cancer - the female failed to get things off of her chest or neglected caring for herself (nurturing herself, her wounds and pains, etc.). Colon cancer - the person couldn't stomach things but failed to release what was emotionally eating away at them.

    Metaphysically speaking, poor circulation means your "life flow" is stagnant due to the burdens of life "weighing you down." Most people with poor circulation have weight issues. In addition they may be "poor" and their cash flow does not "circulate" the way they'd would like and so worries about bills and other financial responsibility makes them eat away their worries whereby they gain weight and hamper their bodily circulation.

    And yes, chemicals in hair products (dyes, conditioners, relaxers) are playing a role in certain cancers of the head (i.e. brain cancer).

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    Q: I recently saw an iridologist and was told that I had weak lung, slow oxygen to the brain, nervousness and constipation. I recently had a Blighted Ovum (spontaneous abortion) and would like to have one more child, but a little worried about holding a pregnancy. For all the issues that I have listed above, can you tell me what herbal remedies/formulas that I should use? Should I have my internist check the herbal contents to show that they are appropriate for me?

    A:

    I would recommend that you perform the Dherbs Lungs & Respiratory kit and regimen first and foremost. Follow this kit up with the Fertility kit and regimen.

    For CONSTIPATION: Dherbs Bowel Mover and Colon Conditioner

    For NERVOUSNESS: Dherbs Nerves formula

    For SLOW OXYGEN TO THE BRAIN: Brain Tuner

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    Q: Is it possible that the Headache and Pain formula that my mother has currently been on since June of this year could be causing her to have internal bleeding. She is peeing brown at times. Her blood work came back fine. Her kidney are functioning normally. I wonder if there is something that I am giving her to cause this. Currently she is on your Headache and Pain formula, Calcium Formula, Nerves formula, Joint formula, MSM formula, and CNS formula. Everything is normal except for the brown looking urine she has developed for over a month now and it occurs in the morning. Do you know what could be causing this? Am I giving her too many herbs at one time? Please let me know your thoughts. Thank you, Dherbs.com. I appreciate it.

    A:

    No, not at all! Herbs don't cause problems. They help heal them! The morning piss is usually the most toxic one, releasing the toxins and poisons that have been broken down at night during sleep. This is normal and is a sign her body is normalizing itself. There's nothing to worry about. There never is! Her body is healing itself!