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                                                   Coffee Is Bad For Your Health

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Coffee, even Coffee w/Sugar; is it possible to do an article on what effect coffee and sweeteners have on the body, to be fare with your readers?

The caffeine in coffee disrupts the digestion through out the day and creates a false signal to the brain and the Theo bromine in the coffee, which is almost as addictive as caffeine, and chlorogenic acid, which has been liked to an increased risk of heart attacks.  Coffee provides a spike upward in serotonin and then shortly thereafter plunges downward, which leaves us with that feeling of wanting something, we just don’t know what that is. This throws us into a downward spiral. We begin impulsive things like

 smoking,  consuming alcohol  and over eating, leading to the end result, depression.

The choices we make in food while we are in this downward spiral will most likely be those that deliver the sensations we remember from our stored pleasure memories and those are likely to be, simple sugars and simple carbohydrates; you know the donut with the coffee syndrome. This viscous cycle is never ending, without immediate changes in lifestyle.

While all of your neurotransmitters are important, serotonin is the star when it comes to your mood and controlling hunger. When your serotonin levels are normal, you feel good, you handle stressful situations better, you sleep and eat well, and you awake refreshed and energized and you handle work environment better.

The use of stimulants such as coffee and caffeine drinks, results in chronic low-serotonin levels that inhibit short-term memory. If use is continued, more permanent memory loss, deeper depression and further anxiety can occur. These chronic low-serotonin levels can also lead to hormone imbalance creating a host of illnesses manifesting as well as putting on fat, which is an indicator serotonin imbalance and you suffer all the symptoms of depression.

Serotonin is synthesized in the brain and the digestive tract. This is why, what you eat, when you eat it and in what combinations you eat it in, influence how well you digest and utilize the nutrients, which is crucial to how you feel.  If you eat foods that are high on the satiety index for example, you feel good longer. Typically these are the foods high in fiber.

Sugar, even sugar substitutes are very damaging to the body. Sugar is sugar. Sucrose is sucrose. Not exactly! New insights into how various sugars behave in the body has revealed otherwise. While it is true that the sucrose in an orange is chemically the same as the sucrose in the much-maligned table sugar, the fact that the sucrose in the orange is packaged along with other nutrients makes it behave biochemically friendlier in the body. When you eat sucrose as naturally part of fruits or vegetables, you get not only vitamins and minerals in the package, but you get fiber and other complex carbohydrates that steady the absorption of the sugar. Yet, take the sugar away from the rest of the fruit and vegetable and refine it into a powder, and it's this processing that downgrades sucrose from the healthy to the junk food category. So, it's the company the sugar keeps with other foods that affects its absorption from the intestines and its consequential behavior in the body.

To understand why these sugars merit the label "junk sugars," let's take a ride with these sugars from the mouth to the bloodstream to see how they affect the body. Junk sugars are called simple carbohydrates because they are short, uncomplicated molecules. Because simple sugars are already so small, they require little or no breaking down in the intestines. The sucrose molecule is quickly broken down into glucose and fructose, and all that glucose is actively pumped through the intestinal cells quickly into the bloodstream. A sprinkle of sugar that hits the intestines enters the bloodstream almost immediately, and the roller coaster ride begins.

After the refined sugars rush into the bloodstream, blood sugar levels rise, pressuring the pancreas to release insulin, the hormone needed to escort these sugars into the body's cells. Lots of insulin helps the sugar get used up rapidly, but then the blood sugar level plunges. The body hits a sugar low, also known as hypoglycemia.  Now, just as insulin was released when the blood sugar was too high, other hormones such as cortisol are released when the blood sugar is too low. These stress hormones want to restore the blood sugar to normal levels, so they squeeze stored sugar from the liver, sending the blood sugar back up.

These adjustments work better in some people than in others and better in some circumstances than others. Sugar-sensitive individuals experience the ups and downs of blood sugar levels as a roller-coaster ride, and their moods and behavior go up and down with their blood sugar.

 Certain sugars belong in the same category as the fake fats. They not only provide no essential nutrients to the body (your body could live better without them), they actually may do harm.

Many soft drinks like coffee with sugar are a double-whammy of sugar and caffeine, a combination, which sends most bodies (and minds) on an uncomfortable biochemical roller coaster ride. Since caffeine is a diuretic, sodas and coffee containing caffeine not only don't quench thirst; they can leave you feeling thirstier. A 12-ounce can of cola contains about ten teaspoons of sugar, in addition to artificial flavors and caffeine. That's what's going into your body, and here's the bad news about it. Sugar mixed with water (such as in all types of sodas and coffee with sugar) provides more calories and put on more body fat than the same amount of table sugar taken dry by the spoonful because the quick rise in blood sugar, due to it being dissolved in liquid causes an insulin burst, which makes the liver respond by turning the excess sugar into fats.

Caffeine exaggerates the roller coaster effect of sugars in the bloodstream by triggering the release of hormones that release stored sugar in the liver. That can of cola or coffee with sugar will produce a sugar high, but a sugar low is sure to follow.

The junk sugars in soft drinks and coffee also take good things out of the body. High doses of sugar and artificial sweeteners increase the urinary excretion of calcium, leading to weaker bones, or osteoporosis, and to deposits calcium in the kidneys (i.e., kidney stones).

Coffee’s unhealthy ingredients:

Regular coffee's other unhealthy ingredients including Theo bromine, which is almost as addictive as caffeine, and chlorogenic acid, which has been liked to an increased risk of heart attacks. 

The caffeine in coffee is in the morning especially, is bad, not to mention the Theo Bromine in it, which is almost as addictive and chlorogenic acid, which has been studied and suspect to increase risk of heart attacks.


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