1. Caffeine increases heart rate, elevates blood pressure, and can contribute to the development of cardiovascular disease.
  2.  The caffeine in coffee causes cortisol and insulin levels to increase.  Elevated levels of insulin increase inflammation in our bodies.  Elevated levels of cortisol depress our immune system.  In addition, excess cortisol production can cause weight gain, particularly around the midsection.
  3. The acidity in coffee can cause digestive discomfort, indigestion, heart burn, GERD and gut flora imbalance.
  4. Caffeine can interfere with proper blood sugar regulation and cause a roller coaster ride of blood sugar swings, which result in the body storing an excess of sugar as fat.
  5. Caffeine can cause elevated urinary excretion of important minerals such as calcium, magnesium, and potassium.  An imbalance of these electrolytes can lead to serious systemic complications.
  6. Medical research has indicated that, in many cases, men can significantly reduce their risk for urinary and prostate problems by eliminating coffee and caffeine.
  7. In women, multiple health problems, including fibrocystic breast disease, PMS, infertility problems, osteoporosis, and hot flashes are all exacerbated by caffeine consumption.
  8. Caffeine dehydrates the body and contributes to aging of the skin and kidneys.  It may also inhibit DNA repair and slow the liver’s ability to rid the body of toxins.
  9. Caffeine can produce increased levels of anxiety, irritability, and muscular tension and pain.
  10. Last, but not least, caffeine consumption can eventually lead to adrenal fatigue, which sets up an environment conducive to the development of disease states.

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