Caffeine is a natural insecticide that plants have been using to protect themselves from insects for thousands years!
That caffeine in your steaming cup of coffee has been put to much better use in driving away or KILLING insects in your backyard, rather than getting you going the morning.
5 Reasons to Cut Down on Your Coffee or Caffeine Consumption
Over millions of years plants have developed various powerful compounds to stop insects from striping away every bit of greenery from the planet. A little bit of chewing is fine for the plant but too much is too much. A good rule of thumb for health is to avoid or reduce poisons . HA!
Many plants are obviously poisonous or extremely inedible to protect themselves. Other examples of slightly toxic substances include oxalic acid in leafy greens (read Good Weed, Bad Weed), and capsaicin in chili peppers. The amounts in these foods are miniscule compared with the 12,00 tons of caffeine man consumes yearly. Consumption of caffeine is growing, particularity with the fad of mixing caffeine and alcohol.
2. Caffeine exhausts the adrenals.
Whereas a dose of caffeine in a small insect may stun or even kill it, in humans, it just gives us a little ‘buzz’. This stimulation is what many people depend on to get themselves going with their morning coffee but it is short lived.
Since it really is just stimulation, an excitement of the nervous and glandular system, it’s not producing any long term energy and as soon as that little high wears off – you are reaching for another shot. Do this enough times and your nervous and glandular system, particularly the adrenal gland is exhausted. You have to keep increasing the ‘dose’ to have energy and eventually nothing works and you crash, maybe permanently.
3. Caffeine is addictive.
The fact that you can get caffeine withdrawal symptoms is you stop is an obvious symptom of addiction. Most people don’t want to be addicted to anything!
You probably think you don’t drink enough to be addicted right now but research shows you probably already are. Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine showed that low to moderate caffeine intake (as little as one 14-ounce mug per day) can quickly produce withdrawal symptoms
4. Caffeine often comes with sugar and other health hazards.
Raw coffee beans by themselves don’t taste good so sweeteners are usually added. This is usually white sugar or some artificial chemical that tastes sweet.
Some people consider white sugar to also be a chemical poison. To read all about the dangers of sugar and to how to stop your sugar craving click here: 7 tips to Reduce Sugar Cravings
At the very least sugar is definitely a dumb carb and NOT a smart carb. Other than the simple sugars it has no micronutrients like vitamins or minerals to help your body. Also it has a high glycemic index so it goes quickly into the system, creates insulin spikes and insulin resistance which eventually leads to weight gain.
5. Caffeine toxicity has been linked to well.. almost everything!
The above 4 points are pretty well known and obvious. If you do a medical search for ‘caffeine toxicity’ on Google scholar at this link caffeine toxicity you get 44,000 entries.
Caffeine has been associated with studies in a lot of conditions including:
- irregular heartbeat
- birth defects in rodents including sleep locomotion, learning abilities
6. . Caffeine is used as an Insecticide.
Back to my original perspective. Over 20 years ago James Nathanson, assistant professor of neurology reported in Science magazine of this important function of caffeine. The study determined that caffeine combined with other insecticides increases their killing power. In one test, a small dose of caffeine increased known pesticides potency by ten times. Caffeine appears to produce the destructive effect by suppressing certain enzymes in the insects’ nervous system. In man caffeine is now classified by many scientists as a neurotoxin. That means it is definitely not ‘good’ for your nerves.
Do you think that maybe you have other pesticides in your system that caffeine could react with?
7. Coffee cups destroy the environment.
The world drinks 400 billion coffees a year. We toss away 100 million cups a year which if we are careful with our trash ends up in landfills.
The paper in landfills, like all organic matter decomposes without oxygen, and thus produces methane which has 23 times the heat trapping power of Co2.
The plastic coating the paper and the polystyrene coffee cup lid, after its minutes-long use, will continue to exist for hundreds of years. Plastic coffee cup lids, contains the toxic substances styrene and benzene, which have been documented as suspected carcinogens and neurotoxins. That’s also bad!
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