After water, coffee is the most popular beverage in the United States (it recently surpassed soda to gain this title, according to the National Coffee Association). About half of adults drink coffee on a regular basis (it’s the most common “food” consumed at breakfast, according to the American Dietetic Association), which amounts to over 330 million cups of coffee a day.
Is there anything wrong with Americans’ love affair with coffee? On the surface, no, but the jury is still out on whether coffee is good or bad for your health. According to some studies, including research done at Vanderbilt University's Institute for Coffee Studies, coffee may actually be good for you. They report that, compared to non-coffee drinkers, coffee drinkers experience:
- A lower risk of type 2 diabetes
- A reduced risk of gallstones
- A lower risk of colon cancer
- Improved cognitive function
- A reduced risk of liver damage in people at high risk of liver disease
- A reduced risk of Parkinson's disease
- * Improved endurance performance in long-duration physical activities
However, according to other studies, coffee, and in particular the caffeine it contains, is far from a health food. Studies have revealed that coffee may:
- Raise your blood pressure
- Worsen PMS symptoms in some women
- Reduce fertility in women while trying to conceive
- Cause insomnia, anxiety and irritability
- Lead to heartburn and indigestion
- Cause an increased risk of osteoporosis in postmenopausal women
- Potentially increase in your risk of heart disease (studies are conflicting)
The debate over coffee’s health benefits, and health risks, rages on, but there is one thing that most experts agree on: if you’re going to drink coffee, moderation is the key. But for many Americans, coffee is a crutch used just to get through the day.
How Do You Know if You’re Addicted to Coffee?
“We drink coffee because we feel tired or because we feel like we cannot feel good without it,” says Hale Dwoskin, CEO and director of training of Sedona Training Associates. “It is not that we cannot have and enjoy coffee, but if you feel like you must drink coffee in order to get through your day, then you are addicted to it.”
In fact, almost all addictions manifest the same types of symptoms, including:
- You do it more and more as time goes by
- You always make sure you have it on hand
- When you give in to the addiction, you feel happy or secure
- You feel you need the addiction to get through the day
- You have tried to stop the addiction in the past, but weren’t able to
- You find it difficult to stay away from the behavior for several days
Addictions also have something else in common, according to Dwoskin.
“All addictions are coping mechanisms for unresolved emotions,” he says.
If you feel you are drinking coffee in excess, and you feel you cannot get through your day without it, letting go of this feeling is to your advantage http://www.sedona.com/html/Bad-Habit-And-Addiction.aspx. When you let it go, you’ll realize that you are in control, and that you do not NEED it to finish your workday or get started in the morning.
The scientifically proven Sedona Method is an elegant, easy-to-learn system that will show you how to tap your natural ability to let go of these types of negative thoughts and feelings on the spot.
“Both the feeling of tiredness and the feeling of needing coffee to feel good are just feelings, and you can let them go easily with The Sedona Method,” Dwoskin says. “Simply welcome these feelings when you feel them and decide to drop them as best you can.”