National Coffee Week – 16th- 22nd April
Here at Homefield, people often tell us that the hardest thing to give up is coffee. With coffee shops on every street, and coffee to go available at every supermarket, service station and convenience store our consumption of coffee is now upwards of 70 million cups of coffee per day according to the British Coffee Association. And many people feel that they can’t start the day without a cup of the black stuff.
And yet there is much controversy and conflicting information about whether coffee is good for us or bad for us and it can be hard to know what to believe. Just a couple of weeks ago there was a news item about the Californian court who ruled that coffee should carry a cancer warning due to the acrylamide toxin produced when coffee beans are roasted.  We also know that coffee/caffeine is very acidic, can irritate the gut lining and bladder, and can cause anxiety and palpitations in some people. We also forget that caffeine is a powerful psychoactive drug, and like any drug the withdrawal symptoms can be hard. We experience this every week at Homefield as people struggle with caffeine withdrawal headaches, fatigue, nausea, shakes, and irritability.
On the other hand, recent studies have suggested that coffee can improve sports and mental performance, can increase circulation to the brain and therefore help prevent Alzheimer’s and Dementia, and may decrease risk of Diabetes. We often see clients really suffering with caffeine withdrawal when they detox – typically headaches, feeling tired, sometimes a bit nauseous. With some people the withdrawal can be so awful that they vow never to touch the stuff again. But others just sail through the detox without symptoms and ask is coffee really so bad for us?
The answer, it seems, is that it depends who you are and on your genetic predisposition. Some people are genetically better able to metabolise caffeine than others. In fact, caffeine, in some people, can reduce their risk of cardiovascular disease. In other people however, it increases their risk of a heart attack. Knowing how well you metabolise caffeine therefore is important information for coffee drinkers.
Our excellent NutrigenomiX DNA Test tells you whether or not you have the gene that increases your risk if you drink caffeine. In your 40 page report, you also get information about how well you process fat, carbohydrate, are you likely to be low in key nutrients such as iron or Vitamin D; should you be doing cardio or weights and resistance, and even how likely are you to be intolerant to Lactose and Gluten.
Make sure you book our NutrigenomiX DNA test when you come to Homefield to get this invaluable information about what your genetic profile means for your diet and lifestyle choices. Oh, and don’t forget to cut down on the caffeine before you come if you don’t want to suffer those dreadful withdrawal symptoms.
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