Coffee vs Sodas

Is Coffee Healthier Than Soda?

Many people depend on caffeine to jump start their day, but the source of the caffeine and the amount of caffeine is important to your health.

Caffeine is considered safe if you stay within the recommended limits.  Too much caffeine can rob your body of calcium and cause a significant increase in your blood pressure.  Your daily intake should no more than 400mg.  The amount of caffeine in beverages varies greatly. For example, the amount of caffeine in coffee is greater from one variety to another and soft drinks vary from one manufacturer to another.

An eight ounce cup of brewed robusta coffee typically has 95-150 mg of caffeine.  Some soft drinks can have up to 55 mg of caffeine.  The leading source of caffeine for US adults is coffee consumption. The leading source for children is soft drinks.  That means 80 to 90 percent of adults and children consume caffeine habitually.  Studies show that staying within recommended caffeine limits can promote a person’s ability to pay attention.  30 mg or less of caffeine can alter mood and affect a person’s behavior, while 100 mg daily can cause physical dependence along with withdrawal symptoms upon abstinence.  Of course all of this depends on the person’s physical condition, weight and sensitivity to caffeine.  If a person consumes more than his tolerance, his thinking abilities and concentration worsen and the health risks increase.  Too much caffeine includes sweating, anxiety, tenseness and inability to concentrate.

Now here is the other side of the story. Coffee gives you that little extra kick and has been proven to improve your health in other ways. Soft drinks on the other hand have that little kick but can cause health problems in children and adults.  One soft drink contains approximately 18 packets of sugar. Over consumption of sugar is a major cause of obesity and diseases such as diabities  Just drinking one 12 ounce can per day can add an extra 16 pounds to your weight annually. Not only is the sugar bad for you but you need to consider the other ingredients as well.  Sugar substitutes, flavoring, preservatives and artificial colors.  None of which have any health benefits.

If you are looking for a caffeine fix that is healthier for you, try a good cup of organic coffee without all the fixings.


Coffee And Alzheimer’s

Coffee and Alzheimer’s

Can coffee help with Alzheimers

What if you could reverse Alzheimer’s by drinking coffee.

The University of South Florida did studies that are published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease.  It showed that caffeine significantly decreased abnormal levels of the protein linked to Alzheimer’s disease in the brains and the blood of mice exhibiting symptoms of the disease.  Earlier studies showed that caffeine in early adulthood prevented the onset of memory problems in mice bred to develop Alzheimer’s symptoms in old age.

The new findings provide evidence that caffeine could be a viable treatment for established Alzheimer’s disease and not simply a protective strategy.  The best part is that caffeine is a safe drug for most people.  It enters the brain easily and appears to directly affect the disease process.

A Portuguese study reported that people with Alzheimer’s had consumed less caffeine over the last 20 years that people without the disease.  Several clinical studies have reported moderate caffeine consumption may protect against memory decline during normal aging.

The Alzheimer’s Research Center’s study included 55 mice genetically altered to develop memory problems mimicking Alzheimer’s disease as they aged.  After behavioral tests  confirmed the mice were exhibiting signs of memory impairment at age 18 to 19 months (about 70 years of age in humans).  The researchers gave half the mice caffeine in their drinking water and the other half got plain water.  The mice that received the caffeine (equivalent to 5 cups of regular coffee a day) performed much better on   tests  measuring their memory and thinking skills.  Their memories were identical to normal aged mice without dementia.    The mice that drank plain water for the two month study continued to do poorly on the tests.

In addition the brains of the caffeinated mice showed nearly a 50 percent reduction in levels of beta amyloid (the hallmark of Alzheimer’s disease).  The caffeine appeared to restore memory by reducing the enzymes needed to produce beta amyloid.  The study also suggested that caffeine suppresses inflammatory changes in the brain that lead to an overabundance of beta amyloid.  The studies are continuing on coffee and the prevention of Alzheimer’s.  Go grab that cup of coffee and drink to your brain health.

The Health Benefits of Organic Coffee Enemas

The Health Benefits of Organic Coffee Enemas

Not what you would call polite dinner party conversation or for some any conversation at all. Just the mention of enemas sends shivers down some people’s spines whereas for others it’s just a way of life to possibly save their lives.

For decades now, organic coffee enemas have been reported to be of significant benefit in not only for the treatment of cancer patients but as a means of detoxifying and restoring the liver and for pain reduction.

During the First World War morphine was running very low and coffee was hardly available. As a common practice, after surgery when the anesthesia wore off the Doctor would prescribe water enemas for the soldiers to help with the pain. The Doctors were drinking what coffee there was available and apparently a nurse seeing the good the coffee was doing for the Doctors decided to place the left over coffee into the soldiers enema buckets and to their surprise the patients were having a significant reduction in their pain.

Hearing the news from the front, researchers from the German University of Goettingen’s College of Medicine started doing experiments on rats . They observed that the caffeinated enemas stimulated the laboratory animals bile ducts to open. While the coffee enema is being retained in the gut for a period of twelve to fifteen minutes all of the body’s blood passes through the liver every three minutes. The caffeine causes the hemorrhoidal blood vessels and the liver’s portal veins to dilate. The end results is the liver flushes toxic bile and is washed out as bile salts through the duodenum.

Many cancer patients have also reported a shrinkage and sometimes tumor elimination from performing organic coffee enemas for a period of at least two years. The health benefits of organic coffee enemas are numerous.  It is an easy and healthy thing to do for your body.

The Introduction of Coffee Beans

The Introduction Of Coffee Beans

The introduction of coffee beans

When coffee beans were first introduced to us it was not in the form of a beverage at all.  Coffee beans were a goat fodder.  The legend says that more than a thousand years ago, a young goat herder came upon his flock that were gathered around a bush and feeding upon its bright red berries.  Kaldi the goat herder decided to try some berries himself.  A monk passing by was interested in what he saw and took some of the berries home.  When he mixed them with water and drank the fragrant liquid, he found that he could pray all night with remarkable clarity.  The word soon spread throughout monasteries in Arabia.

Historians trace coffee origins to Ethiopia.  Coffee grows wild in the rain forest in Ethiopia.  Warriors going off to battle would wrap beans in animal fat and take them along  to help fight fatigue.  The Ethiopians who conquered and ruled Yemen introduced the bean to the Arab world.  The medicinal qualities were prized.  Doctors prescribed it as an aid to feeling good.  They considered coffee to be healthy.  Scholars and artists could work all night while chewing on the berries.

It was around the sixteenth century that the principle of  roasting beans and adding them to boiling water to make a beverage was established in Arabia.  The preparation of coffee soon became a secular ceremony.  The coffeehouse was established in Mecca for those who liked to sip, talk and listen to music.  Wine was forbidden to Moslem’s so coffee became central to a man’s day.  One of the few grounds on which a woman could divorce was a man’s refusal to provide her with coffee.

The introduction of coffee to Europe is not well documented.  Venetian traders who traversed the world would have encountered the Arabs coffee, which was part of any merchants bargaining ritual.The Venetians were the first to roast their coffee beans.  When Venetians began to brew their own around 1615, some feared its allure and called it the “bitter invention of Satan.”  Pope Clement VIII tried a cup and gave it his blessing before the beverage was generally accepted  Once again it was thought so potent that its medicinal benefits were celebrated before it became the sociable drink it is today.

Gardening With Organic Coffee Grounds

Gardening With Organic Coffee Grounds

 Every day people toss their coffee grounds in the garbage or down the sink.  Washing your grounds down your disposal will get rid of any odors that may be lurking around down there, but did you know that you can produce a wonderful and healthy garden by gardening with your organic coffee grounds?

When you mix your coffee grounds with your garden dirt it helps produce nitrogen in the soil. Grounds  are 1.45% nitrogen with calcium and magnesium.  Is this good?  You bet it is!  Gardening with organic coffee grounds is very beneficial for your garden and is considered to be green gardening.  The nitrogen also attracts earth worms.  Earth worms treat it like candy.  Earth worms create fertilizer and also aerate the soil so your plants will breathe better and more rapidly get nutrients they need through the roots.  Mixing the coffee grounds with your soil helps balance your soil for nitrogen quickly.  If you place the coffee grounds and egg shells around your plants it will not only give you a slowly released nitrogen aid for your soil but will also help keep pest away.   Ants and slugs are repelled by the coffee grounds and it is said that it will help keep your cat out too!

 Watering your plants with a mixture of 2 parts coffee grounds and 10 parts water will give them an instant boost.  Mix well in a 5 gallon bucket and let sit in the sun for a few hours.  Then water your house plants or patio plants with the nitrogen loaded liquid.  If your plants have scale or any other type of leaf bugs or fungus, wipe the plants leaves with the mixture.  It will add sparkle and shine to the leaves, get rid of the bugs and give the plant a dose of nitrogen as well as other nutrients and minerals.

 You can also throw your coffee filters directly in your compost bin.  The filters will decompose fairly quickly and the pH of brewed coffee is very neutral.  If the coffee is not brewed first before adding to the garden it is very acidic.  The time it takes for the coffee to release its nitrogen is only a few weeks so you need to add coffee grounds to your garden regularly.   Save the grounds from your morning  pot of coffee and take it out to the garden.  Gardening with Organic Coffee Grounds is a great way to go.