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A cup of joe: friend or foe?

Robyn Openshaw - May 20, 2012 - This Post May Contain Affiliate Links

I’ve mentioned that I grew up not drinking milk and still never do. So why has my bone density “off the chart” for a 20-year old even though I’m mid-forties? I’ve been tested multiple times now using different tests. I don’t know, but these are my guesses. They’re based on what the literature says about what affects bone density:

  1. I do regular weight bearing exercise (I’m hit or miss with weights, but I do a ton of yoga)
  2. I don’t drink soda
  3. I have strong vitamin D levels (it’s a hormone as much as a vitamin) from both sunshine and supplements / sea vegetables
  4. I get a lot of highly bioavailable calcium from greens (by the way, chia seed has five times more calcium useable by your body, than dairy does)

Here’s another thing I don’t do, though, that may have a major impact:

  1. I don’t drink coffee

Yeah, sorry. The coffee thing really has to go, too.

I am doing a speaking tour in July with Dr. Rashid Buttar, bestselling author of 9 Steps to Keep the Doctor Away. (I found him in my cancer studies.) Another doc who is horrified by the fact that his profession has degenerated into almost exclusively drug pushers, and refuses to participate.

We’ll be in Raleigh and Charlotte NC, Atlanta GA, and Columbia SC. He’s about the most colorful doc I’ve worked with so far (and that’s saying a lot because Dr. Tom Lodi is one-of-a-kind)!

Dr. Buttar says in his book that he’d rather have his patients drink a glass of red wine every few days than a cup of coffee in the morning. (Keep in mind he has never tasted alcohol, himself.)

You want caffeine, he says? Get caffeine pills from the drugstore. (He writes this facetiously, and I repeat it with the same intent. Caffeine is a terrible idea. But the point is, if the vehicle you drink to get your caffeine fix is packed with carcinogens, there’s a more direct and less toxic way to deliver that stimulant to your bloodstream.)

Coffee, he says, contains 208 different acids.

Keep in mind---since we’ve been thinking about alkaline water this week, right?---that your body has to expend a lot of energy and resources to neutralize acids. It takes 20 pounds of alkaline to neutralize 1 pound of acid, according to the reigning expert on pH balance in health and nutrition, Dr. Robert O. Young.

And, Dr. Buttar points out, when you shift your body towards acidic---and coffee likely deserves to make a Top Ten list for Most Acidic Foods---you predispose yourself to all the diseases everyone dreads. Because acidic environments are the perfect disease climates.

Osteoporosis. Cancer. Arthritis. Degenerative nerve diseases. Heart disease.

Arthritis for regular coffee drinkers is pretty much inevitable—but earlier rather than later.

So coffee drinkers are wondering, what do I replace coffee with? There is a brewed dark chocolate drink you can make, that is out in health food stores now. It’s called Crio Bru. Anybody else have ideas? I’m kinda useless here because except for an occasional raw kombucha, I don’t really drink anything besides water.

(Kristin has recently committed to her brother to quit Diet Pepsi once and for all, and she shared with one of you last week here in blog comments, that she’s created the “party in her mouth” with naturally sweetened green tea, and chia added. That’s been working for her.

Don’t give up if the first substitute you try doesn’t do it for ya. Something will. Don’t quit till you’ve kicked the demon to the curb for good.

Posted in: Lifestyle, Whole Food

10 thoughts on “A cup of joe: friend or foe?”

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  1. What do you think about coffee going in the other end? :):) Enemas.

  2. Anonymous says:

    There is a dark roast java mate available from Guayaki thats full of antioxidants

  3. Anonymous says:

    Teeccino is an excellent substitute to coffee. It is roasted barley and chicory. Comes in ground or tea bags. Cafix is an instant drink that is also barley and chicory.

  4. Anonymous says:

    I can’t speak from personal experience on this because I’ve never tasted coffee, but I have heard of some people who drink dandelion root tea in place of coffee and really love it.

    1. Robyn Openshaw says:

      Nicky, I have been drinking dandelion root tea as part of the liver-cleanse portion of the GreenSmoothieGirl Detox program, and it’s…..not yummy. And not anything like coffee, taste-wise. Too bad, huh!

      Elysha, I am also doing daily coffee enemas right now, testing my detox program. It’s a totally different thing when it doesn’t have to be metabolized, and is implanted rectally to open up the liver and kidney bile ducts to quickly detoxify in a way that leaves the body immediately. Nothing else really compares. Great for getting rid of cancerous tumors that are being broken down with raw juicing and other protocols, and great for pain relief as well. It’s medicinal use of coffee, and it isn’t a lifelong daily habit, either. p.s. You feel amazing for a few hours after a coffee enema, and not in a jittery, hopped-up way like when you drink an over-caffeinated beverage.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Watch this youtube. I haven’t tried it myself yet but want to. It’s a “healthy” coffee that doesn’t actually contain coffee at all.

  6. Anonymous says:

    I really like my coffee. How can I wean myself?

  7. Anonymous says:

    SWEEEEEET!! I am excited to try a coffee enema. Thank you for the reply! Have a rockin’ awesome Monday girl!

  8. Anonymous says:

    I am with Peggy. I really like coffee and know I am totally addicted. When I’ve tried to go off of it, my energy is so low I just want to sleep all day. And talk about headaches! Awful. I know that is proof that it is a substance I need to eliminate. Anyone formally in this situation and have success with minimal withdrawal? Would love advice.

  9. Anonymous says:

    I think I’ve been drinking coffee since kindergarten. I weaned myself off of it a few times (since green smoothies) but keep taking it up again later. My wife and I are currently doing Chris Karr’s 21 day juice cleanse and I actually started to wean myself of off coffee a few months earlier by measuring and reducing the amount by an ounce a week; no headaches and no more lethargic than usual. I used to think if I’m going to do an coffee enema I may as well drink it and at least enjoy the taste, right? Well this blog helped squash that rational. Also wasn’t thinking about the acidic effect on your bones so, time to go out a get a couple of enema kits. My wife is going to love this.

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