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Coffee Benefits (According to Ayurveda)

How Does This Ayurvedic Food Improve Wellness?

CLINICAL AYURVEDIC REVIEW

Recipes with Coffee: Body-Kind Coffee
Recipes with Coffee: Body-Kind Coffee

Coffee as a Sacrament

What are your rituals around coffee? Coffee has become a sacrament in our culture. A client reports, "The only time my husband and I relax together is over coffee." My response, "If your marriage is dependent on coffee, you might be addicted."

Coffee surpasses tea as the number one consumed drug. It contains high amounts of caffeine, which stimulates the adrenals to release stress hormones. These stress hormones overstimulate the mind, and numb the heart. New trades routes brought caffeine to Europe in the 1500s, stimulating the 'Age of Enlightenment' and ending the middle ages. Before that time, the center of the mind was the heart. Since Enlightenment, the center of the mind is the brain. Perhaps the shift is due to caffeine consumption? Ayurveda comes from an older time where the mind was not separate from feelings and science was not separate from spirituality.

Native Meso-Americans drank coffee, ate chocolate and smoked tobacco as medicinal herbs, sacraments and in shamanic ceremony, a practice that continues to this day. However, many non-native Americans consume these substances daily, without the adequate knowledge of their potency or effects on the nervous system.

A Love Affair with Coffee

Can you remember what black coffee tasted like as a child? Most kids reject coffee. How have your taste buds changed? That may help you break the habit. Many of my clients drink coffee because the "like the taste," However, of all their coveted foods, usually coffee is the only food they drink daily.

Although we think we like coffee because of the taste, it's possible that the body learns to like coffee without our conscious participation because of its effect on our metabolism. Coffee offers the false promise of energy and vitality, and reorients all of our sense organs toward it. Vitality is the one substance all life forms crave.

However, all that glitters is not gold. The human body was not built for the break-neck pace of our lives in industrialized society. Covering up these uncomfortable life choices with coffee prevents growth & healing. As a general rule of thumb, in Ayurveda we never take an herb for more than 3 months in a row. Coffee, one of nature's most powerful herbs, is no exception.

Many people drink coffee when they are tired in the morning or at 3pm. People with aggravated Kapha dosha feel sluggish in the morning and need a 'pick-me-up'. If you have aggravated Kapha, avoiding heavy, oily, or sweet foods at night will bring a more authentic and vital 'pep to your step' the next morning. In the morning, wash your face with cold water, drink a hot cup of ginger tea, and practice a fifteen minute exercise routine to revive circulation.

If your adrenal glands are exhausted, you'll crave coffee most at 3pm. Unfortunately, the energy boost you receive after drinking coffee depletes the adrenals even further. This process is much like whipping a tired horse. Coffee is akin to a metabolic credit card. Sooner or later, you have to repay the debt. Ultimately, coffee increases exhaustion, anxiousness and fear, especially in Vata individuals who tend to have dry endocrine glands. Coffee over-stimulates the adrenals depleting them of fluids and creating more dryness. Licorice root in a warm glass or water nourishes the kidneys. Vata may combat tired afternoons with a homemade version of Gatorade(tm). Squeeze a wedge of lime and a pinch of salt into warm water.

Breaking the Coffee Addiction

Coffee has a heavy, hearty, oily quality that is more satisfying than a simple herbal tea with water. To wean yourself from coffee, instead try herbal teas with almond milk. Rice and oat milk work as well. Reduce your coffee consumption in half each month, replacing it with one of these, or your own favorite substitute. Spices such as ginger will provide more balanced stimulation during the process.
Vata and Pitta individuals can tolerate 1 or 2 cups of coffee a month, for leisure only, and never when exhausted or tired. Kapha individuals can tolerate 1-2 cups of coffee a week.

Coffee and Reproductive Organs

Coffee affects hormones. Post or peri-menopausal women should not drink coffee because it targets the reproductive organs. Non organic coffee is worse because it carries pesticides directly to reproductive tissue. Coffee irritates the lining of the digestive tract and should be avoided by people with digestive problems. It has a laxative effect. One study reports that coffee is linked to reduced breast size.

Withdrawal symptoms of coffee include constipation, headaches, and irritability. Since the body quickly habituates itself to coffee within several days, chronic caffeine consumption simply brings our energy levels back to normal, preventing a much needed crash.

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Is Coffee Good for My Ayurvedic Diet?

Find out by taking this free, easy quiz. You'll learn your body type, and whether 'Coffee' is a good fit. Complete the basic quiz in 1 minute, or go deeper with additional quizzes at your own leisure to learn more about your body.

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AYURVEDA'S GUIDE TO VITALITY & WHOLESOME NOURISHMENT

Your Ayurvedic diet is tailored to your individual body and your specific imbalances. With an Ayurvedic diet you feel joy and satisfaction because what you are eating truly nourishes and balances you. Disease results from diets and lifestyles that are incompatible with your nature. By eating a personalized diet matched to your body, you experience optimal health. See How it Works.
SERVING SIZE: 1 tbsp
SPECIES: Coffea arabica
FAMILY: Rubiaceae

MEAL: DRINK
PREPARATION: ROASTED

Biocharacteristics of Coffee

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INCREASES
Guna Help

Increases These Biocharacteristics (Gunas)

Functional Ayurveda helps you assess imbalances through 20 main biocharacteristics (gunas). Aggravating these characteristics weakens your body and causes imbalance. By knowing which characteristics are habitually imbalanced in your body, you will be able to identify and correct imbalances before you get sick. Every characteristic has an opposite which balances it (i.e. hot balances cold). You restore balance by favoring diet and lifestyle choices that increase the opposite characteristic.

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MOBILE

ABOUT MOBILE BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Mobile refers to anything that stimulates the nervous system, muscles, or activity.

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CLEAR

ABOUT CLEAR BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Clear refers to anything that cleanses or flushes out wastes, or that digests ama.

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DRY

ABOUT DRY BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Dry is identified by lack of moisture, lack of fat, or anything that causes diuresis.

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LIQUEFIED

ABOUT LIQUEFIED BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Substances that thin fluids (lower viscosity of blood plasma). These may include blood thinners or mucolytic herbs.

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TOXIC

ABOUT TOXIC BIOCHARACTERISTIC

A substance that causes toxicity in the body, or that harms the body.

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HOT

ABOUT HOT BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Hot is identified by increased body temperature, metabolism, or inflammation.

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TASTES
Taste Help

The 6 Tastes

Taste is used to sense the most basic properties and effects of food. Each taste has a specific medicinal effect on your body. Cravings for food with certain tastes indicate your body is craving specific medicinal results from food. Taste is experienced on the tongue and represents your body's reaction to foods. Sweet taste causes physical satisfaction and attraction whereas bitter taste causes discomfort and aversion. Kapha should use less sweet taste while Vata and Pitta would benefit from using more sweet taste. One of the first signs of illness is that your taste and appetite for food changes. The six tastes are sweet, sour, salty, pungent, bitter, and astringent. Do you crave foods with any of the tastes below?

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BITTER

ABOUT BITTER BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Bitter taste has cholagogue action - it is cold, clear, light, and stimulating. It increases digestive enzymes, laxative, and drying.

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DOSHAS
Dosha Help

The Three Doshas / Body Types

According to the biocharacteristic theory of medicine, people tend to get sick, over and over again, due to habitual causes and imbalances that are unique to the person. Your body type summarizes this tendency, showing you the 'type' of conditions and imbalances that frequently challenge your health & wellness. Using body type, you can also identify remedies likely to improve your strength and resiliency. Your body type identifies physical and mental characteristics as well as your personal strengths and weaknesses. The calculation of your body type is based on your medical history.

The 3 functional body types (doshas), are Catabolic (Vata), Metabolic (Pitta), and Anabolic (Kapha). Catabolic individuals tend to break down body mass into energy. They are easily stimulated, hyperactive, underweight and dry. Metabolic individuals tend to burn or use energy. They tend to be rosy-cheeked, easily irritated, focused, driven, and easily inflamed. Anabolic individuals tend to store energy as body mass. If they store too much energy, they could gain weight easily and have congestion. Anabolic people tend to be stable and grounded.

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PACIFIES
Kapha pacifying
AGGRAVATES
Pitta aggravating Vata aggravating
HAS THE FOLLOWING
Subtaste:
Acrid

ACRID

Acrid taste is a combination of bitter and pungent tastes. Example include radish, turnip, and coffee.

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Aromatic

AROMATIC

Herbs or spices with volatile essential oils that present strong aromas. Aromatic oils shock, refresh and numb tissue, with the end result of relaxing, opening and clearing stagnant fluids in tissues.

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Moves Energy:
Outward

OUTWARD

Outward-moving substances stimulate circulation, push heat towards the skin, or are stimulating.

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Upward

UPWARD

Upward-moving substances (Urdvha Gati Marga) include anything stimulating or activating, or that move upward in the body.

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Affinity: Bowel Poop Elimination, Heart Circulation Blood, Mind Stress Sleep, Weight Loss
Family: Rubiaceae
HERBAL ACTIONS
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Medicinal Benefits, Uses & Herbal Actions of Coffee
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Experiences are Personal
Experiences vary according to the person and constitution. Individual results may vary. The list of herbal-actions below has not be approved by the FDA and should not be used to treat a medical condition.

Appetite Suppressant

APPETITE-SUPPRESSANT

Suppresses hunger without causing weight gain.

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Stimulates Peristalsis

STIMULATES-PERISTALSIS

An herb that promotes involuntary smooth muscle contractions to facilitate the movement of food and waste through the digestive tract.

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General Laxative

STRONG GENERAL-LAXATIVE

Promotes a bowel movement. General laxative is an umbrella term that refers to several different types of laxatives.

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Stimulant Laxative

STIMULANT-LAXATIVE

Stimulant laxatives induce bowel movements by stimulating peristaltic movement (the contraction of smooth muscle in the intestines). They are effective when used on a short-term basis. On a long-term basis, they can create dependency. Aka irritant laxativ

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Internal Detoxicant

INTERNAL-DETOXICANT

Liquefies, dissolves, decongests or dislodges internal stagnant toxins. Decongests the lymphatic system.

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Causes Tension

CAUSES-TENSION

Increases feelings of tension, constriction and tightness in the body.

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, Makes Jittery,
Makes You Tired

MAKES-YOU-TIRED

Induces drowsiness and promotes sound sleep.

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Stimulates Front Of Brain

STIMULATES-FRONT-OF-BRAIN

Creates a feeling of awareness or tension in the area in the forehead. Activates the frontal lobe - the area responsible for motor function, emotional expression, thinking, and decision making.

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Wakes You Up

WAKES-YOU-UP

Invigorates the body and nervous system, increases energy.

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Antidepressant

ANTIDEPRESSANT

Herbs that lift feelings of depression, benefit the mind and improve mental function.

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Nerve Stimulant

NERVE-STIMULANT

Provide short lived stimulation of the nervous system.

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Stimulates Energy

STIMULATES-ENERGY

This category groups thyroid and adrenal stimulating herbs.

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Bronchodilator

MILD BRONCHODILATOR

An herb that encourages the widening or opening of the lung airways. They are helpful in wheezing and asthma.

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Antioxidant

STRONG ANTIOXIDANT

An antioxidant is a molecule that inhibits oxidation. Oxidation is a chemical reaction that can produce free radicals that lead to a chain reaction causing damage or death to cells. Antioxidants terminate these oxidation reactions.

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Diuretic

DIURETIC

Herbs that promote urine formation, thereby flushing the kidneys and urinary tract while eliminating any excess water retention. As diuretics reduce water retention, they are often used to reduce blood pressure.

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Dries Mouth

DRIES-MOUTH

Makes the mouth feel dry, or pasty.

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Cholagogue

CHOLAGOGUE

Cholagogues stimulate the production & release of bile from the liver & gallbladder. This refreshes and cleanses these organs, as well as increases bile in the small intestines.

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Lowers Thyroid

LOWERS-THYROID

Reduces thyroid function. Useful for people with hyperthyroid.

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Constituents:
Tannins,
Caffeine Methylxanthines

CAFFEINE-METHYLXANTHINES

Methylxanthines are purine alkaloids that have a stimulant and bronchodilating effect.

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Foods with a Similar Nature to Coffee

Dandelion Leaves

Dandelion Leaves has these Actions in Common

Cholagogue, Internal-detoxicant, Stimulates-peristalsis, Antioxidant, Diuretic, Stimulant-laxative, Appetite-suppressant, General-laxative, Stimulates-energy

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Green Tea

Green Tea has these Actions in Common

Antidepressant, Diuretic, Stimulates-energy, Antioxidant, Lowers-thyroid, Stimulates-front-of-brain, Bronchodilator, Nerve-stimulant, Wakes-you-up

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Mustard Greens

Mustard Greens has these Actions in Common

Cholagogue, Lowers-thyroid, General-laxative, Stimulates-peristalsis, Appetite-suppressant, Internal-detoxicant, Wakes-you-up

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Mustard

Mustard has these Actions in Common

Bronchodilator, Stimulates-energy, Diuretic, Stimulates-front-of-brain, Internal-detoxicant, Wakes-you-up

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Stevia

Stevia has these Actions in Common

Antidepressant, Nerve-stimulant, Wakes-you-up, Antioxidant, Stimulates-energy, Makes-jittery, Stimulates-front-of-brain

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Mustard Powder

Mustard Powder has these Actions in Common

Wakes-you-up, Bronchodilator, Stimulates-energy, Diuretic, Stimulates-front-of-brain, Internal-detoxicant

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Kale

Kale has these Actions in Common

Internal-detoxicant, Stimulates-peristalsis, Appetite-suppressant, Lowers-thyroid, Cholagogue, Stimulates-energy

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Grapefruit

Grapefruit has these Actions in Common

Antioxidant, Stimulates-energy, Cholagogue, Stimulates-peristalsis, Internal-detoxicant, Wakes-you-up

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Red Leaf Lettuce

Red Leaf Lettuce has these Actions in Common

Cholagogue, Stimulates-peristalsis, General-laxative, Wakes-you-up, Antioxidant, Stimulates-energy

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Acai

Acai has these Actions in Common

Appetite-suppressant, Wakes-you-up, Antidepressant, Cholagogue, Antioxidant, General-laxative

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Herb Supplements with a Similar Nature to Coffee

Breath of Fire / Shining Skull (Kapalbhati Pranayama)

Breath of Fire / Shining Skull (Kapalbhati Pranayama) has these Actions in Common

Stimulates-front-of-brain, Wakes-you-up, Antidepressant, General-laxative, Internal-detoxicant, Nerve-stimulant, Stimulates-energy

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Bellows Breath (Bhastrika Pranayama)

Bellows Breath (Bhastrika Pranayama) has these Actions in Common

Wakes-you-up, Antidepressant, General-laxative, Internal-detoxicant, Nerve-stimulant, Stimulates-energy, Stimulates-front-of-brain

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Punarnava

Punarnava has these Actions in Common

Internal-detoxicant, Stimulates-energy, Stimulates-front-of-brain, Antioxidant, Bronchodilator, Cholagogue, Diuretic

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Holy Basil Leaf (Tulsi)

Holy Basil Leaf (Tulsi) has these Actions in Common

Antidepressant, Bronchodilator, Diuretic, Dries-mouth, Internal-detoxicant, Stimulates-energy, Stimulates-front-of-brain

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Hyssop Powder

Hyssop Powder has these Actions in Common

Diuretic, Internal-detoxicant, Nerve-stimulant, Stimulates-energy, Antidepressant, Bronchodilator

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Vacha (Calamus, Sweet Flag)

Vacha (Calamus, Sweet Flag) has these Actions in Common

Stimulates-energy, Stimulates-front-of-brain, Wakes-you-up, Antidepressant, Nerve-stimulant

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External Breath (Bahya Pranayama)

External Breath (Bahya Pranayama) has these Actions in Common

General-laxative, Internal-detoxicant, Stimulates-energy, Stimulates-front-of-brain, Wakes-you-up

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Shilajit Tonic

Shilajit Tonic has these Actions in Common

Diuretic, Internal-detoxicant, Nerve-stimulant, Stimulates-energy, Wakes-you-up

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Deodar (Himalayan Cedar, Devadaru)

Deodar (Himalayan Cedar, Devadaru) has these Actions in Common

Antidepressant, Bronchodilator, Diuretic, Stimulates-energy, Wakes-you-up

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Ginkgo

Ginkgo has these Actions in Common

Antidepressant, Antioxidant, Bronchodilator, Diuretic, Internal-detoxicant

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Eleuthero Ginseng

Eleuthero Ginseng has these Actions in Common

Antidepressant, Internal-detoxicant, Nerve-stimulant, Stimulates-energy, Wakes-you-up

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Impact of Coffee

In each clinical research trial below, students from the Joyful Belly School of Ayurveda ate the selected food for 3 days and reported the pharmacological effects. See other clinical research trials for diet & herbs at Joyful Belly.

TEMPERATURE/CIRCULATION

How did Coffee affect your temperature?

0
4
5
17
5
Much colderSlightly colderSameSlightly warmerMuch warmer
Total Responses: 31 Study ID:61 (2021-10-31 - 2021-11-16)

How did Coffee affect your ear temperature?

9
22
0
HotterNo ChangeCooler
Total Responses: 31 Study ID:61 (2021-10-31 - 2021-11-16)

How did Coffee affect your sweat quantity?

0
0
19
10
2
Much lessSlightly lessSameSlightly moreMuch more
Total Responses: 31 Study ID:61 (2021-10-31 - 2021-11-16)

How did Coffee affect the color of your skin?

1
6
6
0
18
Yellower/GreenerPalerRedderGrayerNo Change
Total Responses: 31 Study ID:61 (2021-10-31 - 2021-11-16)

How did Coffee affect the color of your tongue body?

5
13
0
13
PalerRedderBluerNo Change
Total Responses: 31 Study ID:61 (2021-10-31 - 2021-11-16)

How did Coffee affect the swelling of your tongue body?

5
8
18
More SwellingLess SwellingNo Change
Total Responses: 31 Study ID:61 (2021-10-31 - 2021-11-16)

How did Coffee affect your appetite/hunger?

4
13
7
7
0
Much less hungrySlightly less hungrySameSlightly hungrierMuch hungrier
Total Responses: 31 Study ID:61 (2021-10-31 - 2021-11-16)

How did Coffee affect your digestion speed?

6
14
9
2
0
Much fasterSlightly fasterSameSlightly slowerMuch slower
Total Responses: 31 Study ID:61 (2021-10-31 - 2021-11-16)

TOXINS

How did Coffee affect the amount of gas & bloating?

3
4
19
5
0
Much lessSlightly lessSameSlightly moreMuch more
Total Responses: 31 Study ID:61 (2021-10-31 - 2021-11-16)

How did Coffee affect your stool smell?

0
4
23
3
1
Much lessSlightly lessSameSlightly moreMuch more
Total Responses: 31 Study ID:61 (2021-10-31 - 2021-11-16)

Tongue: How did Coffee affect the thickness & size of your tongue coating?

1
10
9
10
1
Much smallerSlightly lessSameSlightly larger coatingMuch larger
Total Responses: 31 Study ID:61 (2021-10-31 - 2021-11-16)

How did Coffee affect the color of your tongue coating?

9
13
1
2
6
YellowerBrownerGrayerWhiterNo Change
Total Responses: 31 Study ID:61 (2021-10-31 - 2021-11-16)

How did Coffee affect your throat soreness?

5
25
1
More soreNo ChangeLess sore
Total Responses: 31 Study ID:61 (2021-10-31 - 2021-11-16)

How did Coffee affect your urine smell?

0
1
20
6
4
Much lessSlightly lessSameSlightly moreMuch more
Total Responses: 31 Study ID:61 (2021-10-31 - 2021-11-16)

How did Coffee affect the amount of bubbles in your urine?

0
2
25
4
0
Much lessSlightly lessSameSlightly moreMany more
Total Responses: 31 Study ID:61 (2021-10-31 - 2021-11-16)

How did Coffee affect your sweat smell?

0
0
25
4
2
Much lessSlightly lessSameSlightly moreMuch more
Total Responses: 31 Study ID:61 (2021-10-31 - 2021-11-16)

How did Coffee affect your acne?

2
29
0
More acneNo ChangeLess acne
Total Responses: 31 Study ID:61 (2021-10-31 - 2021-11-16)

How did Coffee affect your freckles/moles?

0
31
0
DarkerNo ChangeLighter
Total Responses: 31 Study ID:61 (2021-10-31 - 2021-11-16)

How did Coffee affect the color of your sclera (white part of eye)?

4
1
0
0
2
Redder/BloodshotYellowerGrayerBrownerWhiter
24
No Change
Total Responses: 31 Study ID:61 (2021-10-31 - 2021-11-16)

How did Coffee affect the color of the lower eye lid?

0
1
29
1
More green/dark greenMore purpleNo ChangeLess green/purple
Total Responses: 31 Study ID:61 (2021-10-31 - 2021-11-16)

HYDRATION

How did Coffee affect your urine frequency/quantity?

0
1
6
21
3
Much lessSlightly lessSameSlightly moreMuch more
Total Responses: 31 Study ID:61 (2021-10-31 - 2021-11-16)

How did Coffee affect the dryness of your skin?

11
3
17
DrierOilierNo Change
Total Responses: 31 Study ID:61 (2021-10-31 - 2021-11-16)

How did Coffee affect the puffiness of lower eye lid?

3
24
4
PuffierNo ChangeLess Puffy
Total Responses: 31 Study ID:61 (2021-10-31 - 2021-11-16)

How did Coffee affect the cracks on your tongue?

2
11
14
4
0
Larger/longer/more cracksSlightly moreSameSlightly less/smaller/shorterMuch less
Total Responses: 31 Study ID:61 (2021-10-31 - 2021-11-16)

FLUID-THICKNESS

How did Coffee affect your ear pressure?

5
25
1
More pressureNo ChangeLess pressure
Total Responses: 31 Study ID:61 (2021-10-31 - 2021-11-16)

How did Coffee affect your congestion?

2
15
14
More congestionNo ChangeLess congestion
Total Responses: 31 Study ID:61 (2021-10-31 - 2021-11-16)

How did Coffee affect the thickness of your mucous congestion?

4
15
12
More thickNo ChangeLess thick
Total Responses: 31 Study ID:61 (2021-10-31 - 2021-11-16)

NERVOUS-SYSTEM

How did Coffee affect your energy levels?

1
0
4
17
9
Much less energySlightly lessSameSlightly more energyMuch more
Total Responses: 31 Study ID:61 (2021-10-31 - 2021-11-16)

How did Coffee affect your muscle tension?

0
0
12
14
5
Much less tensionSlightly lessSameSlightly more tensionMuch more
Total Responses: 31 Study ID:61 (2021-10-31 - 2021-11-16)

How did Coffee affect your anxiety?

0
0
13
14
4
Much less anxietySlightly lessSameSlightly more anxietyMuch more
Total Responses: 31 Study ID:61 (2021-10-31 - 2021-11-16)

How did Coffee affect the stillness of your tongue?

0
14
17
More stillNo ChangeMore Trembling / Jittery
Total Responses: 31 Study ID:61 (2021-10-31 - 2021-11-16)

DIGESTION

How did Coffee affect the amount of gas & bloating?

3
4
19
5
0
Much lessSlightly lessSameSlightly moreMuch more
Total Responses: 31 Study ID:61 (2021-10-31 - 2021-11-16)

How did Coffee affect burning sensations in digestive tract (do not include acid reflux)?

0
0
20
10
1
Much reliefSlight reliefSameSlightly more burningMuch more burning
Total Responses: 31 Study ID:61 (2021-10-31 - 2021-11-16)

How did Coffee affect your appetite/hunger?

4
13
7
7
0
Much less hungrySlightly less hungrySameSlightly hungrierMuch hungrier
Total Responses: 31 Study ID:61 (2021-10-31 - 2021-11-16)

How did Coffee affect your digestion speed?

6
14
9
2
0
Much fasterSlightly fasterSameSlightly slowerMuch slower
Total Responses: 31 Study ID:61 (2021-10-31 - 2021-11-16)

TONGUE

How did Coffee affect the cracks on your tongue?

2
11
14
4
0
Larger/longer/more cracksSlightly moreSameSlightly less/smaller/shorterMuch less
Total Responses: 31 Study ID:61 (2021-10-31 - 2021-11-16)

Tongue: How did Coffee affect the thickness & size of your tongue coating?

1
10
9
10
1
Much smallerSlightly lessSameSlightly larger coatingMuch larger
Total Responses: 31 Study ID:61 (2021-10-31 - 2021-11-16)

How did Coffee affect the swelling of your tongue body?

5
8
18
More SwellingLess SwellingNo Change
Total Responses: 31 Study ID:61 (2021-10-31 - 2021-11-16)

How did Coffee affect the color of your tongue body?

5
13
0
13
PalerRedderBluerNo Change
Total Responses: 31 Study ID:61 (2021-10-31 - 2021-11-16)

How did Coffee affect the stillness of your tongue?

0
14
17
More stillNo ChangeMore Trembling / Jittery
Total Responses: 31 Study ID:61 (2021-10-31 - 2021-11-16)

How did Coffee affect the color of your tongue coating?

9
13
1
2
6
YellowerBrownerGrayerWhiterNo Change
Total Responses: 31 Study ID:61 (2021-10-31 - 2021-11-16)

STOOL

How did Coffee affect your stool smell?

0
4
23
3
1
Much lessSlightly lessSameSlightly moreMuch more
Total Responses: 31 Study ID:61 (2021-10-31 - 2021-11-16)

How did Coffee affect your stool consistency?

3
12
11
5
0
Much softerSlightly softerSameSlightly harderMuch harder
Total Responses: 31 Study ID:61 (2021-10-31 - 2021-11-16)

How did Coffee affect your stool frequency/quantity?

0
1
12
15
3
Much lessSlightly lessSameSlightly moreMuch more
Total Responses: 31 Study ID:61 (2021-10-31 - 2021-11-16)

How did Coffee affect your stool color?

4
0
0
3
24
More yellowMore grayMore greenMore orangeSame
Total Responses: 31 Study ID:61 (2021-10-31 - 2021-11-16)

How did Coffee affect your stool lightness?

1
8
18
4
0
Much lighterSlightly lighterSameSlightly darkerMuch darker
Total Responses: 31 Study ID:61 (2021-10-31 - 2021-11-16)

URINE

How did Coffee affect your urine lightness?

0
5
18
6
2
Much lighterSlightly lighterSameSlightly DarkerMuch Darker
Total Responses: 31 Study ID:61 (2021-10-31 - 2021-11-16)

How did Coffee affect your urine frequency/quantity?

0
1
6
21
3
Much lessSlightly lessSameSlightly moreMuch more
Total Responses: 31 Study ID:61 (2021-10-31 - 2021-11-16)

How did Coffee affect the amount of bubbles in your urine?

0
2
25
4
0
Much lessSlightly lessSameSlightly moreMany more
Total Responses: 31 Study ID:61 (2021-10-31 - 2021-11-16)

How did Coffee affect your urine clarity?

3
20
8
More cloudySameMore clear
Total Responses: 31 Study ID:61 (2021-10-31 - 2021-11-16)

How did Coffee affect your urine smell?

0
1
20
6
4
Much lessSlightly lessSameSlightly moreMuch more
Total Responses: 31 Study ID:61 (2021-10-31 - 2021-11-16)

SWEAT

How did Coffee affect your sweat smell?

0
0
25
4
2
Much lessSlightly lessSameSlightly moreMuch more
Total Responses: 31 Study ID:61 (2021-10-31 - 2021-11-16)

How did Coffee affect your sweat quantity?

0
0
19
10
2
Much lessSlightly lessSameSlightly moreMuch more
Total Responses: 31 Study ID:61 (2021-10-31 - 2021-11-16)

SKIN

How did Coffee affect the color of your skin?

1
6
6
0
18
Yellower/GreenerPalerRedderGrayerNo Change
Total Responses: 31 Study ID:61 (2021-10-31 - 2021-11-16)

How did Coffee affect your freckles/moles?

0
31
0
DarkerNo ChangeLighter
Total Responses: 31 Study ID:61 (2021-10-31 - 2021-11-16)

How did Coffee affect your acne?

2
29
0
More acneNo ChangeLess acne
Total Responses: 31 Study ID:61 (2021-10-31 - 2021-11-16)

How did Coffee affect the dryness of your skin?

11
3
17
DrierOilierNo Change
Total Responses: 31 Study ID:61 (2021-10-31 - 2021-11-16)

EYE

How did Coffee affect the color of your sclera (white part of eye)?

4
1
0
0
2
Redder/BloodshotYellowerGrayerBrownerWhiter
24
No Change
Total Responses: 31 Study ID:61 (2021-10-31 - 2021-11-16)

How did Coffee affect the color of the lower eye lid?

0
1
29
1
More green/dark greenMore purpleNo ChangeLess green/purple
Total Responses: 31 Study ID:61 (2021-10-31 - 2021-11-16)

How did Coffee affect the puffiness of lower eye lid?

3
24
4
PuffierNo ChangeLess Puffy
Total Responses: 31 Study ID:61 (2021-10-31 - 2021-11-16)

ENT

How did Coffee affect your ear pressure?

5
25
1
More pressureNo ChangeLess pressure
Total Responses: 31 Study ID:61 (2021-10-31 - 2021-11-16)

How did Coffee affect your throat soreness?

5
25
1
More soreNo ChangeLess sore
Total Responses: 31 Study ID:61 (2021-10-31 - 2021-11-16)

How did Coffee affect the thickness of your mucous congestion?

4
15
12
More thickNo ChangeLess thick
Total Responses: 31 Study ID:61 (2021-10-31 - 2021-11-16)

How did Coffee affect your ear temperature?

9
22
0
HotterNo ChangeCooler
Total Responses: 31 Study ID:61 (2021-10-31 - 2021-11-16)

How did Coffee affect your congestion?

2
15
14
More congestionNo ChangeLess congestion
Total Responses: 31 Study ID:61 (2021-10-31 - 2021-11-16)

SYSTEMIC

How did Coffee affect your muscle tension?

0
0
12
14
5
Much less tensionSlightly lessSameSlightly more tensionMuch more
Total Responses: 31 Study ID:61 (2021-10-31 - 2021-11-16)

How did Coffee affect your anxiety?

0
0
13
14
4
Much less anxietySlightly lessSameSlightly more anxietyMuch more
Total Responses: 31 Study ID:61 (2021-10-31 - 2021-11-16)

How did Coffee affect your temperature?

0
4
5
17
5
Much colderSlightly colderSameSlightly warmerMuch warmer
Total Responses: 31 Study ID:61 (2021-10-31 - 2021-11-16)

How did Coffee affect your energy levels?

1
0
4
17
9
Much less energySlightly lessSameSlightly more energyMuch more
Total Responses: 31 Study ID:61 (2021-10-31 - 2021-11-16)

HEART

How did Coffee affect your heart rhythm?

12
18
1
More palpitationsSameLess palpitations
Total Responses: 31 Study ID:61 (2021-10-31 - 2021-11-16)

How did Coffee affect your heart pain/pressure/cramping?

0
2
22
6
1
Much lessSlightly lessSameSlightly moreMuch more
Total Responses: 31 Study ID:61 (2021-10-31 - 2021-11-16)

How did Coffee affect your heart rate?

0
0
7
20
4
Much slowerSlightly slowerSameSlightly fasterMuch faster
Total Responses: 31 Study ID:61 (2021-10-31 - 2021-11-16)


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Coffee may be harmful or contraindicated for these symptoms. Please see your doctor before using this food to treat a medical condition.

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John Immel, the founder of Joyful Belly, teaches people how to have a healthy diet and lifestyle with Ayurveda biocharacteristics. His approach to Ayurveda is clinical, yet exudes an ease which many find enjoyable and insightful. John also directs Joyful Belly's School of Ayurveda, offering professional clinical training in Ayurveda for over 15 years.

John's interest in Ayurveda and specialization in digestive tract pathology was inspired by a complex digestive disorder acquired from years of international travel, as well as public service work in South Asia. John's commitment to the detailed study of digestive disorders reflects his zeal to get down to the roots of the problem. His hope and belief in the capacity of each & every client to improve their quality of life is nothing short of a personal passion. John's creativity in the kitchen and delight in cooking for others comes from his family oriented upbringing. In addition to his certification in Ayurveda, John holds a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Harvard University.

John enjoys sharing Ayurveda within the context of his Catholic roots, and finds Ayurveda gives him an opportunity to participate in the healing mission of the Church. Jesus expressed God's love by feeding and healing the sick. That kindness is the fundamental ministry of Ayurveda as well. Outside of work, John enjoys spending time with his wife and 7 kids, and pursuing his love of theology, philosophy, and language.

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I am wondering, what would the effect on our bodies as a whole be if the coffee beans were not roasted, or so lightly roasted that they aren't burnt. I have this feeling that that might make coffee a little bit better for every ones seldom consumption.
- Cyle, Mount vernon, WA , 11-01-12 (Reply)
What about one cup of organic, decaf coffee per day?
- Ellie, Atlantic beach , 01-21-13 (Reply)
Thank you Erik of Texas. I will experiment with this when the opportunity arrives!
- Cyle, Mount vernon, WA , 08-02-13 (Reply)
Eric in TX: You mean you just throw the whole bean in boiling water as you would with tea? And what's a green coffee bean? I've never heard of such a thing.
- Catherine Perry, Bronx, NY , 10-13-14 (Reply)

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