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Coffee is BAD for Flexibility and Soft-Tissue Injuries

Have a listen to what one of my favorite authors has to say about coffee (both the good and the bad).

by Brad Walker | First Published November 1, 2015 | Updated August 2, 2018

I normally avoid giving diet or nutrition advice (it’s not my area of expertise). But lately I’ve had a few inquiries from people who seem to be doing everything right but can’t improve their flexibility, or can’t get rid of those nagging little injuries.

And while I offer some basic nutritional advice in a few of my products, I don’t go into a lot of detail. In fact, my nutritional advice can be summed up by the following…

  • Cut out processed food;
  • Eliminate as many additives and preservatives as you can;
  • Switch to 100% certified organic fruits, vegetables and meats;
  • Reduce your dairy and meat intake; and
  • Don’t over-eat.

But when I started thinking about the inquiries I’ve been getting, I thought to myself… “There’s a bit more to it than that.” And one of the ideas that kept repeating itself inside my head was… Coffee is BAD for both flexibility and soft tissue injuries!

Coffee is disastrous for your health and especially your flexibility. It affects your nervous system, your brain activity and interrupts your normal sleep patterns. It has a dehydrating affect on your body. And not-to-mention it’s highly addictive.

If you want to improve your flexibility, your health and get rid of those nagging little soft tissue injuries, remove it from your diet completely. But don’t just take my word for it. Have a listen to what one of my favorite authors and presenters has to say about coffee (both the good and the bad).


Hello and welcome to my video blog today. Today is Paul checks coffee and espresso tips, so can you imagine me telling you tips for how to use coffee and espresso, hey well when you’re a holistic health practitioner you got to know something about almost everything and coffee is a common, common problem I have to deal with in people’s lives. So today I want to share some tips with you this is a three part series. First I’m just going to give you a general overview, then I’m going to talk to you about how to make it, then I’m going to talk to you about how to get off of it how is that for a combo of events. Okay there are some benefits to coffee we’ll start off with the good stuff, the positive one; it aids athletic performance. Most people think it’s just the caffeine but if you study Illy the man who is the producer of Illy Coffee and probably did more research on coffee and coffee making than anybody in the world there is a whole book on it very comprehensive scientific book.

He explains as do others that there’s many other amino acids that are stimulatory to the neural hormonal axis or nervous system and hormonal system as a working system and so it’s not just the caffeine there are amino acids that are stimulatory to the body in there. So it can be very beneficial to athletic performance but for reasons I’ll describe later it does come at a cost and one must be very careful using it.

Two, as most of us are aware it has a bowel clearing effect there are some positives and there are some negatives to that which I’ll talk about shortly, so it can be used as an effective aid to alleviate constipation clear the bowels and, it can also be used to a clear the bowels for healing purposes, or medicinal purposes not just as a in other words therapists use it for coffee enemas and things like that there’s more to it than just drinking coffee to make yourself poop okay. It aids mental performance and I love it I’ll tell you what when you do a lot of mental work like me writing constantly videos, slideshows, articles, and the list goes on sometimes the old black box gets a little tired of output, output, output and a damn good espresso can really put some wind in your sails but again it’s a dirty little hook you got to be careful not to get addicted to it or the next thing you know you can’t think straight unless you have coffee, so catch-22 there.

Coffee is very, very well liked for the fact that it aids mental performance by linearizing thought. Rudolf Steiner and his teachings explains that coffee has the effect as does tobacco interestingly of bringing the thoughts more in line it’s often referred to as the writer’s drug because it allows you to take a number of ideas and bring them into a sequence. I believe that’s probably because of its elevating cortisol levels stimulates the left brain and the left brain helps with autobiographical sequences, or timeline sequences, or linearizing things.

As a side note herbal teas particularly those made from flowers have the opposite effect, so if you have a flower tea; a tea based from flowers even if it’s got a little bit of caffeine in it, it has an opening effect on the mind allowing you to scan your brain and your universe for many ideas so where coffee linearizes, many of the flower teas have an opening effect. Most people are very familiar with the opening effect of marijuana but you don’t have to go to that extreme, for example it might not be appropriate for you to smoke a joint while you’re trying to get some new ideas for your new article at work but some nice herbal teas could be very beneficial.

So it also has beneficial nutrients it’s used by a number of natural cancer treatment centers, and physicians for the beneficial nutrients antioxidants, and a variety of micronutrients but like a lot of things people read one article that there’s one or two little beneficial nutrients and something use as an excuse to go crazy with it. So keep that into context there’s beneficial nutrients but there’s also some challenges I’m going to explain we want to keep everything in balance. One of the things I learned from Dr. Timmons who I learned functional medicine from years ago is that the doctors that use cancer, I mean used coffee in the treatment of cancer often want you to consume it quickly because the oxidization rate of the nutrients in the coffee turns out to be quite high according to what Dr. Timmons shared with me. So what he was saying is coffee should always be freshly made, should not sit around, it should be freshly ground, it should not be pre ground, so fresh beans, freshly ground, freshly made, and drank quickly it shouldn’t be hanging around sip here, sip there doesn’t mean you got to slam it like alcohol but you should consume it quickly.

Dr. Timmons told me it should be consumed within 10 minutes of making it for optimum nutrient absorption and performance. It’s also very good for time-zone shifting and I’m a master of the time-zone oh my god 20 years on airplanes oh whew. So you can use coffee by drinking a little coffee or espresso when the sun rises or when you first get up in the morning of the new location you’re at, it can help shift the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis the HPA axis or the time keeper into the zone that you’re in and give you a quicker adaptation process. Again it does help but if it becomes an addiction it creates more problems than good. So there’s some of the many benefits if I wanted to do an exhausted list of coffee benefits I could probably write a book on it but we want to just keep it short and sweet so you can understand they are benefits and there’s things to be concerned about.

Let’s look at the caution list; one coffee is a stimulant coffee espresso it’s a stimulant again it’s not just the caffeine; there’s amino acids in there because it’s a stimulant it’s highly linked to adrenal stress. How often do I see coffee and adrenal stress go together? Very, very regularly thousands of cases more than I could even count so know that with increased coffee consumption usually you have increased stress on the adrenal glands and all the things that go with it which are many. Coffees highly addictive one day on coffee I’ve tested this many times on with myself but with many people one day on coffee, one cup of coffee and you’ll have withdrawal symptoms the next day, most people. And coffee is not an easy one to get off of on one cup of coffee a day I’ve seen people vomit, have stomach cramps, serious headaches, and not be able to move for an entire day off of one cup so be careful.

Coffee is often toxic, coffee is one of the most heavily sprayed crops in the world much of its grown in third-world countries where they have limited to no banned or control of dangerous pesticides and I’ve done research into this many of the pesticides, herbicides, fungicides rodenticides, or dangerous chemicals that are illegal in the US are sold to or even given to the third-world countries to addict them to the use of the chemicals and it is spray over coffee. So very much like grains if you’re going to drink coffee you better go organic or you may be doing yourself a lot of long-term damage and cause symptoms that are very hard to evaluate.

Coffee has a diuretic effect, it’s not as often people think it’s not the caffeine according to the research I did caffeine is not a diuretic but the coffee itself has a diuretic effect on the body because one it irritates the entire intestinal tract causes the body to use a lot of fluids to try to push it out of the body. So it does have a drying effect on the body and a quite significant drying effect. Can result in constipation in absence of coffee or espresso so what happens if a person and I’ve seen this with lots of athletes especially distance running athletes tri-athletes, bi-athletes those types if they get used to using coffee regularly like before they run to make themselves go to the toilet to clear the bowels before the athletic effort and then they don’t have the coffee they can actually start getting constipated because the body starts becoming dependent upon that level of stimulation to clean itself out so be careful there. Very stressful to females, very stressful to females in general hate to say that girls but your bodies do not do well with coffee; a woman’s body is designed to carry two therefore the tolerances in her hormonal system are much, much more tightly regulated. So if a woman’s pre or postmenopausal, or suffers from menstrual irregularity, amenorrhea, dysmenorrhea or any problem with the menstrual cycle or heavy periods cramps, painful periods they’re above and beyond a normal healthy woman which should be literally minimal to no pain if you study the history of those things you’ll see that it’s not normal for women being a lot of pain.

So to the degree that a woman’s got menstrual irregularity of any kind, or she’s pre menopausal, menopausal, or postmenopausal coffee’s a death sentence it over works the adrenal glands and the adrenal glands turn out to be a backup system for the ovaries. So once a woman’s pre menopausal and menopausal she realized much more heavily on her adrenal glands for the production of key hormones that her ovaries are no longer able to manufacture so by drinking coffee you disable the woman’s backup system and it can lead to lots of physical, mental and emotional, complications okay. I alluded to that earlier it has a drying effect it leads to overheating the body so when you dry the body out and you over stimulate, or wind the body up to sympathetic activity heart rate goes up, respiratory rate goes up, you go into a fight-or-flight reaction it leads to overheating of the body. As a matter of fact if you give some coffee to someone who do not drank it before use you within a minute they often start to sweat so there’s an example of the sympathetic excitation, leading to elevated metabolism, leading to elevated body heat which comes with many problems I don’t have time to explain. Slows healing so if your body member healing is a yin function and moistening the body is a yin function so something that dries and speeds the body actually has the opposite effect on healing in other words it slows healing down okay.

It leads to problems in connective tissue causing dehydration and binding of connective tissue I’m a clinical massage therapist, a neuromuscular therapist, a sports massage therapist I studied with the best and I’ve been practicing clinical massage therapy and all types of massage therapy since January 1988 so I have about thirty years of experience working with soft tissue and soft tissue injuries and I can tell you for sure I can practically tell you who drinks coffee without even knowing anything but touching their bodies it causes connective tissues to bind, and to adhere together and in athletes it leads to all sorts of problems with the synchronicity or the timing of joint movements because of the fascial binding that is created. Immune stress if you drink coffee regularly whether it be coffee or espresso you’re going to get elevated glucocorticoids or stress hormones, if you have chronically elevated cortisol if you look at the work done by Robert Sapolsky there’s a great National Geographic documentary featuring Robert Sapolsky the author of Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers excellent book to read.

He shows chronic elevation of glucocorticoids leads to immune suppression or maybe even fatigue if you will that suppression is probably a better word. When you have the immune suppression and you’re drinking coffee you run into problems because coffee my friends is a major fungal feeder, also when you have immune suppression you open the door wide for parasite infection. In my healing fungal and parasite infections the absolute essentials DVD set for DVDs I go into great detail of all the things you need to know that coffee is a major fungal fear and is a major stressor of the immune system if used chronically so you can set yourself up wide for fungal and parasite infections which can cause you more problems than you ever want to even have to deal with. But many of you watching right now as a matter of fact about 90% of you have a fungal and a parasite infection so look into that program at the Czech Institute website and learn more.

Sexual performance well if your sexual performance is lacking men in other words you are not able to hold an erection long enough to satisfy your girl, or your lover, or if you’re a woman your sex drive is diminishing, your interest in sex is diminishing those are classic reactions to coffee consumption. A couple of tips for you parasympathetic nervous system is what moistens a woman and keeps her healthy inside and gives her those nice vaginal contractions, just like it causes peristalsis the parasympathetic system causes peristalsis contracting the smooth muscle of the body when a woman gets excited during sexual pleasure those contractions come by way the parasympathetic system.

As a woman becomes too sympathetically dominant or a man becomes to sympathetically dominant her inner system weakens So the same thing that happens to a woman happens to a man but just differently, in a male the parasympathetic system is responsible for maintaining the erection keeping it up keeping the blood in the erection and the sympathetic system is responsible for ejaculation. So if you get too much coffee in you or too much sympathetic stimulation the sympathetic system overrides or pushes back to hard-on the parasympathetic system meaning the man can’t maintain an erection and the sympathetic system being over stimulated causes the body to want to ejaculate very quickly. So you get two things guys that women probably aren’t too excited about if they like making love and most of them do. So if you’re lacking performance can’t keep it up or you’re prematurely ejaculating and you’re drinking coffee you better watch part 3 of this series where I talked about how to get off of it because it ain’t doing you no good and that’s not a good thing to feel that insecurity of not being a man in bed baby.

We don’t want you going out there buying the penis enlarger although there’s like millions of emails out there right now maybe you can get one cheap but I don’t think that’s the way to go okay. Seven the Indians referred to coffee is empty fire why because it speeds up your metabolism excites the system but relative to the amount of extra work it causes inside your physiology it delivers almost no nutritional value relatively speaking, in other words there’s lots of things you could eat such as berries or stimulatory to the adrenal system and can be exciting but they carry a lot of nutrition.

So if you want to get a good high eat something natural like some berries as an example and you won’t get that negative empty fire effect the reason they call it empty fires because there’s no adequate nutrition to compensate for what the body must devote to the response triggered by the stimulatory effect of the coffee. So I’ve shared a few neat things about coffee I’ve given you some warning and some education about coffee in a few short minutes. In my next video clip I will invite you into my kitchen where I show you my beautiful handmade Italian espresso machine and a matching grinder and I’ll show you some of the tricks I use to make bad ass espresso I’ll see you then.

Brad Walker - AKA The Stretch CoachAbout the Author: Brad is often referred to as the "Stretch Coach" and has even been called the Stretching Guru. Magazines such as Runners World, Bicycling, Triathlete, Swimming & Fitness, and Triathlon Sports have all featured his work. Amazon has listed his books on five Best-Seller lists. Google cites over 100,000 references to him and his work on the internet. And satisfied customers from 122 countries have sent 100's of testimonials. If you want to know about stretching, flexibility or sports injury management, Brad Walker is the go-to-guy.

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