If you’ve been wrestling with heart or blood pressure problems, and feeling guilty about needing your morning java, here’s some good news: it seems some new studies are flip-flopping the verdict yet again! From being an adrenal-exhausting, blood-pressure-skyjacking, cholesterol-boosting, diuretic and dessicant (dehydrator), coffee is now getting its image refurbished…
Women who drank one or more cups daily during a 10-year study had a 25 percent lower risk of stroke than women who drank less than one cup a day.
Other long-term studies indicate that coffee may not increase the risk of high blood pressure over time.
While coffee can raise cholesterol levels, filtered brewing can reduce this risk.
So how should you interpret this new information, when study results seem to change depending on who’s performing and funding the research? Embrace one set of data and ignore the rest? Try frantically to keep up with the latest news and change your diet with every new development? Throw up your hands and say, “I’m going to die of something one day; might as well enjoy myself”?
We don’t think so.
Sure, studies can give basic information, and there are some common-sense truths that stand firm (no, that 1600-calorie burger is not a heart-healthy meal choice, no matter how temptingly it’s presented). But unless you dive into the study’s parameters – how the experiments were set up, who was doing the research, etc. – you’re seeing incomplete data. So how do you find the truth?
In the end, your body will give you the answers you need.
When you begin to listen to your body, you learn that it has its own wisdom. Once you start paying attention to its signals, you can easily determine what’s good for you and what isn’t. Here are just a few tips to get you started:
Ask your holistic health care practitioner to teach you kinesiology (muscle-testing) to identify your body’s response to a food or drink before you ingest it.
Keep a diary of what you eat and drink, and note your body’s responses. Does one cup of java open your eyes, while the second starts your heart pounding wildly? Write it down.
As you become more attuned to your body, take time to check in about everything you put on your plate. Is there an inward “Yes!” or an inward shudder?
As you note your body’s responses, ask your health care practitioner “why?” Further testing can give a broader picture of your overall health.
Be flexible – your body has different needs at different times. Adapt your choices to match.
Bottom line? While the latest studies can help, only you and your holistic health practitioners can determine the diet and lifestyle that will support your cardiovascular health and total wellness. Talk to us!