coffee vs. tea health benefits

In this day and age of conflicting diet and nutrition theories, it is difficult to know which camp to follow in debates such as whether coffee and tea are healthy and something that you should drink often and in copious amounts or whether you should avoid totally. The truth is not black and white. It lies somewhere in the grey area. The truth lies in the middle.

Coffee and, to a lesser extent black and green teas, are acid forming to the body.  When following an acid/alkaline diet  (and everyone should consider eating a predominantly alkaline diet) it is best to minimize your consumption.  It doesn’t, however, mean you can never have a cup of coffee. {Did you know cold brewing your coffee reduces the acidity by up to 75%?} It doesn’t mean you have to throw out all your tea.  It means that instead of starting your morning with a large cup of coffee it would be better to have a cup of warm water followed by a cup of warm water with a squeeze of lemon. Then have your cup of coffee.  Your day will begin in a hydrated alkaline state and the coffee will have a less acidifying effect on the body.  You will also find that if you drink a cup of warm water before you drink every cup of coffee during the day you may not want so much coffee because your body, by craving caffeine to wake you up may actually be crying for you to drink water.

Too much caffeine can further exacerbate adrenal fatigue which disrupts a whole host of metabolic and hormonal functions making it impossible for you to handle stress efficiently.  That “need” for caffeine during the day is not helping your stress levels and may be encouraging you inability to handle stress appropriately.

Notice I said TOO MUCH.  At The Detox Diva we believe in balance in all areas.  Think of it as an 80/20 approach not only in diet but in life.  If you love lattes, have one every once in awhile.  If tea is your thing (it’s one of my obsessions left over from living in Asia), have a cup, maybe two.  Don’t settle for an average latte or cup of tea.  Make a great latte with high quality milk (even almond milk can be frothed if you can’t do dairy) and great coffee or go somewhere that makes one and have a small instead of that venti.  Drink your cup of tea out of a beautiful cup and pick an organic premium tea.  If you allow yourself to savor the very act of enjoying your coffee or tea you will enjoy it more and need it less.

Above are some surprising facts about the health benefits (and some negatives) of coffee and tea.  As you see, there are pros and cons to both and each are healthy in different ways.  Instead of considering yourself a coffee or tea drinker, mix it up and get to know both…… in reason and balance.

Wishing you peace and balance,

Jacqueline

11 replies
  1. Carla Barilá Karam
    Carla Barilá Karam says:

    Jacqueline… great post… although it was a little tough for these 40+ eyes reading some of you coffee/tea info… I was a coffee drinker for many years.. until I noticed the affect it had on my teeth.. 🙁 and on my tummy… so I’d say for the past 10 years I converted to tea…nummy… I do partake in a cup of java once in a while, which then my tummy reminds me why I don’t drink it regularly. lol! Thank you for sharing this valuable information!! Grace, peace and blessings!

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  2. couponAnna
    couponAnna says:

    I drink both Coffee & tea . I Like Arizona Ice Tea, It’s Delicious. Great Post , It Is Very Imformative , Thank You ! Anna

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  3. Audra
    Audra says:

    I don’t handle caffeine well, so I don’t drink either very often – well, except iced tea. I do have a question. In the infographic, a plus for tea was that it contains fluoride. With the new EPA announcement that fluoride has been found to be harmful, does this make tea a negative? Are there teas with less fluoride? How can I make it better for my family?

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    • thedetoxdiva
      thedetoxdiva says:

      Audra bear in mind that the EPA’s announcement that flouride is found to be harmful involves two specific types of flouride:
      Fluorosilicic acid (H2SiF6) is commonly used for water fluoridation. This form of fluoride is a toxic liquid by-product, acquired by scrubbing the chimney stacks of phosphate fertilizer manufacture. Other names for it are hexafluorosilicic, hexafluosilicic, hydrofluosilicic, and silicofluoric acid. The CDC approximates that 95% of our water is fluoridated with fluorosilicic acid. )
      Sodium Fluorosilicate (Na2SiF6) is primarily added to public drinking water as a fluoridation agent. This same compound is also used as an insecticide and a wood preservative. It is a classified hazardous waste by-product of phosphate fertilizer manufacture which, if not put into our drinking water, must be disposed of at hazardous waste facilities. Other names for it are Sodium Fluosilicate and Sodium Silica Fluoride.
      Most water, indeed, fruits and vegetables, tea, coffee, contain natural flouride,Calcium Fluoride, which IS toxic in extreme doses alone however since most water systems also contain calcium, it balances out the toxicity and neutralizes any harm. Water has always contains calcium flouride. It’s a part of the earth’s eco-system. When not tampered with, it is in perfect balance with our bodies, is not poisonous. Indeed we know how to metabolize this flouride. It’s only when we started to “improve” upon Mother Nature that we created toxicity such as what the EPA is coming out with now.

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  4. rh ramsey
    rh ramsey says:

    This is some wonderful information – seriously. I recently heard about a special water similar to what you talked about here. An alkaline water? The person said that they instantly felt a difference.

    I never really got into coffee, but I drink it every now and then. The tip you shared is something I am excited to try when I DO drink it. And I never would have thought to look up the benefits of coffee. I always assumed it was only for energy lol. This will be something to pass on, because i know some serious health nuts who may or may not have heard of this. IF they have, it’s always good to have confirmation from new places. Thanks! This is really, truly, good information.

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  5. Claire
    Claire says:

    Jacqueline,

    Thanks for the write up. Too often, people assume everything os black or white. It is important to look at all the data. This article makes me feel good about my occasional cup of tea.

    Thanks,
    Claire

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  6. Deb
    Deb says:

    VERY educational post. I had NO idea tea had fluoride in it! I actually did not know a lot of these facts. Loved it.

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  7. Surrogacy India
    Surrogacy India says:

    Ya @Deb is it really informative post i also same feel as you…
    Thanks to author who write this too informative post on this blog…keep writing and posting on web…

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  8. Rosann
    Rosann says:

    Fascinating! I’m primarily a green tea/white tea drinker. I can get it in K-Cups for my Keurig and the green tea has white tea infused with it. So it’s a double benefit, I suppose. I will admit I sometimes buy the Coffee K-Cups and mix them all together with my tea cups in my storage bin. So when I’m feeling the need for a warm fufu (that’s the official term, Lol!) drink, I never really know if my hand will pull out coffee or tea. Yesterday I enjoyed a delicious cup of coffee after going more than a week without any. It’s nice to mix it up every once in a while. 🙂

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