5 Reasons to skip the second cup of coffee

Posted by Dan Brigham on

Let’s make one thing clear: We are NOT anti-coffee. Coffee is, a) delicious b) there are numerous studies that show it can be wonderful for the brain and preventing/improving Alzheimer's and Dementia and c) can even help to prevent spontaneous DNA strand breaks.

Our culture is steeped into coffee, so we are certainly not anti-coffee, but we ARE anti-coffee when not caring for your adrenals. We are anti that second (or third) cup of coffee as many people don’t have strong “caffeine” genes aka they are not genetically predisposed to being able to metabolize caffeine quickly and efficiently.

We are living in an exciting time - when we are realizing that we can gain energy long term through adaptogens, cacao, healing our adrenals, getting back to the basics-- proper sleep and stress management, etc.

If you absolutely love coffee, keep on drinking it, enjoy the cup of coffee! But skip the second cup. Or maybe at least one of the cups :)

Here’s why.

1. Increased Blood Pressure

You risk increasing your blood pressure and heart rate too much when you overdo it with coffee. A lot of our customers are women who are big into lowering their stress and they realize that things that increase their blood pressure, especially rapidly, is not doing them any favors. There’s a reason why so many people talk about getting the jitters when they drink coffee. Caffeine, especially at the amount of a cup of coffee, is a vasoconstrictor. This means it decreases the size of blood vessels. This can raise your blood pressure and put massive stress on the body. Too much caffeine can also cause your heart to overwork. Maybe your heart can deal with that from time to time but chronically overworking your heart can cause serious implications in the future. This is different than doing cardio, by the way! ;) 

2. Affecting Your Circadian Rhythm

You don’t want to risk impeding on your circadian rhythm. Aka you don’t want to mess up your sleep. Caffeine stays in your system for anywhere between 6-14 hours, depending on how effectively you metabolize caffeine. Caffeine halves every 3-7 hours. This means that if you drank coffee at 1pm, it could still be in your system at 1am! Imagine how that’s going to keep you from getting deep, quality sleep. Drinking coffee past the morning time can really impact your sleep later on. You may think it’s no big deal, perhaps you still fall asleep in time even when you HAVE had that second cup of coffee in the afternoon. But what if it meant your sleep wasn’t nearly as good as it could have been? Quality sleep slows aging- even in the skin. Quality sleep is healing. It should be one of the biggest goals to get the BEST sleep of your life, every night. That second cup of coffee in the day can hinder that.


3. Coffee Is Acidic

Typically the acidity of something is determined using the pH scale. This scale specifies how acidic or “basic” a water based solution is, like coffee. You’ll see that the scale ranges from 0-14. If something registers from 0-7, it’s considered acidic. 7-14 is considered basic. Coffee is usually around 4.85-5.10. Often times lighter roasts are higher in acidity. How long something is brewed can also affect acidity- longer brewing times usually means less acidity. Most people do fine with coffee’s acidity, but too much acidity in the body can lead to health issues. Think ulcers, IBS, acid reflux, etc. Coffee itself may not cause those issues, but it can certainly exacerbate them. Also keep in mind that too much acidity in the body can result in insulin issues. 

4. Caffeine Can Make You Anxious

It can increase your anxiety levels. Make no mistake about it, caffeine increases adrenaline in the body. Brown University states: “Caffeine causes neural excitation in the brain, which the pituitary gland perceives as an emergency and stimulates the adrenal glands to release adrenaline.” This is often tied to anxiety. This is especially true if genetically you just don’t metabolize caffeine super well. You don’t want to overdo adrenaline in the body. You really don’t want to have an uptick in anxiety because anxiety means stress and stress means increased cortisol levels. Cortisol is the stress hormone. Increased cortisol levels can play on your mental health, metabolism, immune function… it’s not something to take lightly. If you are dependent on that second cup of coffee, you need to find another way.

5. Coffee Can Impact Your Adrenals

Adrenals are so important. They are little glands that sit on top of your kidneys. Their job is to produce hormones. They are connected to so many things in the body: The immune system. The central nervous system. The circadian rhythm. The list goes on. They produce hormones that help regulate blood pressure, your metabolism, and again, the immune system. Healthy adrenals are crucial to living a healthy life. Caffeine, especially when abused, can harm your adrenals over time.  A little bit of caffeine can be okay, too much can overwork your adrenals. You don’t want your adrenals pumping out all this excess cortisol, which is the stress hormone. Too much cortisol is often a sign that your body is in fight or flight. Being in fight or flight constantly is TIRING. It affects your sleep. It affects your mood. Quite frankly, it affects your overall quality of life. It means you are often on edge and it even steals from true HEALING within the body.

So many people are tired. So many people feel they need more external energy.

An Alternative to Your Afternoon Coffee 

Start with the basics: Good sleep, stress management, nourishing foods. See a functional medicine doctor from time to time if you have the means to. At home you can test out adaptogens and superfoods. That’s exactly what our blend is, adaptogens and superfoods that nourish the adrenals. That strengthen your vigour and vitality both mentally and physically. Take it every day and start giving yourself five minutes a day where you just CHILL for a moment, zone in on yourself without the screen, naturally boost your dopamine levels with some quality herbs and plants… and know that that’s going to be sufficient to really move the needle for you if you do it each day. Especially if you weren’t doing something like that before. Overtime, the effects can get better.

Peruvian Maca, Ashwagandha, Reishi mushroom, Cacao and He Shou Wu… learn more about how our blend is perfect for those fixing their adrenals.  

Try it.

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