That’s how I’m feeling this morning. Really, since yesterday. Since my doctor told me that I need to wean myself off coffee in order to assist in the treatment of my migraines. WHAT?!
|Despair. Utter despair.|
Now, when I Googled “coffee health benefits” it produced many more sites with positive information than with negative information. Apparently caffeine may raise your blood pressure, but this is not an issue for me. Unless I am pregnant, and that’s not happening again. I did find a funny statement that a lot of people who consume high levels of coffee also tend to be physically inactive and heavy smokers. Um, okay.
According to medical research, regular coffee drinkers were less likely to develop Type 2 Diabetes, Parkinson's Disease, and dementia. Also, those people in line at Starbucks may have a better chance of avoiding certain cancers, heart rhythm problems, and strokes. Hmm, there seem to be a lot of benefits to this horrible thing my doctor likes to call coffee.
Taking a deeper look, it appears that I can reap the benefits of a reduced risk of Type 2 Diabetes by drinking decaf. Apparently, it is the minerals and antioxidants in coffee, rather than the caffeine, which affect this disease. Okay, doc, you win on that one. Except that he wanted me to walk away from all coffee, not just caffeinated. Wrongo, sir.
Aha! Caffeine is the driving force behind the lower risk of developing Parkinson's. Now, what I’m about to say may be rude, but admit it. A lot of you are thinking it. High quantities of caffeine can make you shaky. And one of the visible symptoms of Parkinson’s is a tremor. I don’t know why my crude brain is insisting upon linking the two, but perhaps it is to suggest that you might have to voluntarily accept a tremor to avoid an involuntary one. Smack me. Smack me now. (I'm sooo sorry.)
|I am a terrible insensitive person.|
Moving on. A 20-year study (wow, how does one maintain their attention span for that long?), showed that people who consumed three to five cups of coffee a day were 65% less likely to develop dementia or Alzheimer's. Yes! This actually runs in my family. I believe I would have an argument here, except, my grandfather, the most recent family member to have dementia, was a devoted coffee drinker. Dang it.
|This could actually solve a problem with boredom.|
High coffee consumption can protect you from liver cancer and cirrhosis! I wonder if this benefits to all the drinkers who take a heavy dose of coffee in the morning. Maybe coffee acts as a filter for the alcohol. Hmm. That would be an interesting study to run. I’d like to observe the drinking and antics, but I do not want to be around for the morning after. No thank you very much.
I Googled “coffee migraines” and came up with several results that recommended the use of coffee to relieve a migraine, something I already know. There was only one article which suggested that a person who regularly suffers from migraines should abstain from caffeine completely. I understand the reason. If I stop my intake of caffeine, when I do have a migraine, I will be able to treat it faster because it will be weaker to the immediate effects of the caffeine. But I can’t help feeling sorry for myself because I love coffee.
Will I stop drinking coffee completely? No. I’m going to wean myself off the caffeinated stuff and switch to decaf. Yes, I know it still contains caffeine. But in comparison to what I consume now, that’s a trace amount. Mr. Perfect Doctor will just have to deal. Or maybe I just won’t tell him. After all, how can I possibly overlook the health benefits? And, honestly, I would just miss it too much to do without the routine. Before I can say goodbye to my old friend Caffeine, I will have to have one last rendezvous with Circle K's Bakery Blend. It doesn't come in decaf. And, I love it so.