Coffee – Drug in a Mug!


There is a lot of confusion in the nutrition world, around whether coffee is really good for health or not. Some say it is, some say it isn’t. And then, there are people whose lives depend on 5 cups of coffee a day!

Dark-roasted coffee has specific health benefits related to its high levels of antioxidants. However, that does not make it a health food! There are similar anti-oxidants available in a lot of vegetables like broccoli, cabbage, spinach, kale, beetroot and berries.

Coffee is a very strong stimulant and raises the stress hormones in the body. It causes an adrenaline rush, an increase in the heart rate and makes you believe that it is giving you instant energy. However, what it actually does is cause your adrenal glands to overwork, and over time sets your body up for exhaustion and insomnia in many cases! Not to mention the distress it causes to the digestive system.

If you are someone who is an avid coffee drinker, you might experience palpitations, headaches and anxiety as withdrawal symptoms, if you don’t get your regular doses of coffee. This is a strong indicator that you should cut down your coffee consumption significantly.

Also, coffee that is sold by big coffee chains is overloaded with sugar, and is highly inflammatory.

Coffee, if consumed sparingly, is not harmful and should be enjoyed. It is always the quality and quantity that makes all the difference.

Disclaimer – Before making any changes to your diet, pls consult your doctor for an opinion, especially if you have any medical issues or if you are pregnant.


Functional Nutritionist & Functional Medicine Practitioner

Smriti is a leading Health Coach and Functional Medicine Practitioner, based out of Gurgaon, India.