Is coffee good for you while you're sick with a cold?

What is Cold Brew?

Let’s be clear about this, cold brew is not the same drink as iced coffee. Iced coffee is simply regular coffee that’s served over ice, either mixed with milk or left plain.

Here’s a quick video showing how to make a basic cold brew:

Cold brew is made from coffee beans that have been steeped in cold water for 12 to 24 hours, rather like you would when using an oversized tea bag, but using coffee. It’s time, rather than heat that extracts the flavor, caffeine, and sugars from the coffee beans. The steeping process is more sympathetic to the coffee bean, so you don’t end up with the bitter flavor that roasting can produce.

Okay, but what’s nitro coffee?

Nitro is just cold brew coffee that’s infused with nitrogen gas (yes, really). The coffee is stored in a beer keg and then served on draft. The idea behind using what’s essentially a beer tap to serve the coffee is that it produces a creamier, sweeter flavor. When you draw a glass of chilled nitro, you get what looks like a serving of Guinness, complete with a foamy, creamy head.

One absolutely essential thing to know is that nitro is never mixed with milk or ice – that would be a massive no-no and would certainly cause raised eyebrows and exclamations of horror in your local hipster haunt. You could even get banned.

So, the bottom line; if you like your coffee strong, black, creamy and ice-cold, nitro could be the way to go for you.

And New Orleans-style cold brew ?

Well, the same basic steeping process is used as for standard cold brew, but chicory is added to the grounds, giving the finished brew a sweet flavor. Milk and sugar or sweetener is added to give the end result a creamy, cold drink complete with a nice strong caffeine hit.

Now you’re suitably informed, let’s look at what makes cold brew (and its variants) so good.

Reputedly, drinking cold brew coffee has many benefits over a steaming mug of scalding hot Java. We cut through the hype to bring you the good, the bad, and the ugly of cold brew coffee.

Are There Other Factors

Several studies have shown that there are most coffee beans have some sort of mold, and this may well be the reason for the negative effects. According to one study 91.7 of green coffee beans from Brazil were contaminated. The amount of toxins were below the accepted level for human consumption in Europe.

Ochratoxin, a carcinogen, was found in about half of all coffees, whether they were green coffee beans or roasted coffee beans. The substance was also found in brewed coffee.


Coffee and Heart Disease

It’s well known that coffee can raise blood

It’s well known that coffee can raise blood pressure, and many concerns have come as a result of this. But how much does coffee raise blood pressure? And is there any link between coffee and heart disease?

Why Does Reheated Coffee Still Taste Bad?

Reheated coffee still tastes bad because it’s already gone through oxidation, which causes it to lose its pleasant flavors. Once coffee has gone cold and stale, it won’t lose that bad taste even if you microwave it.

Psychiatric Disorders Caused by Coffee

There are several disorders caused by coffee in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders psychiatric manual. Unfortunately, the general public is not made aware of the fact that coffee can cause a mental illness.

  • Caffeine intoxication
  • Caffeine withdrawal
  • Caffeine related anxiety
  • Caffeine related sleep disorders
  • Caffeine addiction

Proof That Reheating Coffee Isn’t Bad For You

You’re a smart internet user. I would never expect you to simply believe my word. So, here’s some of my proof that reheating coffee isn’t bad for you.

Many of the things I found were repeating the same information, but here are a couple of articles to get you started. Dr. Sarah Brewer—an accidentally appropriate name for this topic—explains to the Telegraph that it’s never been proven to be dangerous.

This article covers the dangers of drinking (and reheating) old coffee but points out that it’s due to the additives (such as milk) and not the coffee itself. There’s plenty more where those came from. They all say basically the same things.

There’s no proof that reheating coffee is bad for you.

Does Drinking Coffee Cause Any Other Problems?

It’s not uncommon to hear complaints regardi

It’s not uncommon to hear complaints regarding gut health and coffee. For many people, coffee can cause digestive problems, bloating, and pain – especially on an empty stomach.

But why is this?

According to the Institute for Scientific Information on Coffee, there is no direct link between coffee and digestive upset.

Just for disclosure, the Institute has 6 members who are some of the world’s biggest coffee companies.

Overall there doesn’t appear to be any clear cause and effect of why coffee causes problems in some people. There’s little research in the area, but a review paper found that coffee promotes gastro-oesophageal reflux (acid reflux).

The paper also stated that caffeine cannot account for these effects and that it must be a pharmacological effect (43).

Key Point: Coffee unfortunately leads to digestive distress in some people. The cause of this appears to depend on individual circumstances

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Side Effects of Caffeine

The most common side effects of caffeine are nervousness, restlessness, and increased heart rate. While many of these symptoms are associated with the buzz people long for when consuming caffeinated products, more severe issues can also arise.

Here are the most common symptoms:

  • Stomach irritation – burning and bloating.
  • Nausea and vomiting.
  • Insomnia – pre-existing sleep disorders can be made worse.
  • Severe headache.
  • Chest pain.
  • Ringing in the ears.

In addition to side effects, consumption of caffeine has other safety concerns for specific groups of people.

Women who are pregnant and consume high amounts of caffeine may be at risk of miscarriage and other issues. Caffeine can also enter into breast milk, so it is crucial to monitor caffeine consumption well after labor if you are a nursing mother.

Individuals with an anxiety disorder, bipolar disorder, and bleeding complications are also at risk.

Does Putting a Coffee Paste on Cold Sores Help?

Some 40+ years ago, the concept of mixing instant coffee with water to make a healing paste was born. Quite subjective, there is nothing to suggest this method will heal an active cold sore.

Similar to the bag/pouch treatment method, coffee being applied to the lip (in any form) is not likely to work if the tissue has already been infected. There is no significant evidence supporting claims that coffee can stop the replication and growth of an active HSV-1 outbreak once an area has already been compromised.

The best way to safely and effectively heal cold sores is through the use of an FDA approved OTC medication. Selections like Abreva can provide fast relief if applied at the first sign of trouble during the tingle or prodromal stage.

How to Quit Coffee

The best way to wean off coffee is switching from drinking multiple cups to just one cup and eventually half a cup. You might also switch to green tea or herbal teas and warm lemon water.

As with any detox plan, drink adequate amounts of water and get plenty of rest during this time. I also suggest regular exercise to stabilize energy levels. Should you get irritable or have difficulty sleeping, supplement with 200 to 500 mg of magnesium citrate before bed.

My favorite detoxification rituals include a sauna, meditation, and yoga. If you can handle it, remove coffee from your diet for three weeks and add it back in slowly. Be attentive to how you feel once you reintroduce coffee. Pay attention to your energy levels, symptoms (like anxiety or jittery feelings) or changes in digestion.

In other words, monitor how you personally respond to coffee. You are your own best doctor here.

It’s perfectly fine if you realize coffee just does not work for you. Other health-friendly beverages include green tea or non-coffee-based lattes using reishi powder and other powerful herbs.

If you find you can occasionally tolerate coffee, avoid adding milk and sugar. These two culprits do more damage than the actual coffee.

Alternately, add fat to your coffee. Once people taste the creamy, frothy goodness of fat blended with coffee, they don’t miss milk at all. You’ve probably heard of Bulletproof® Coffee, which blends MCT oil and a bit of grass-fed butter or ghee with high-quality, organic coffee. If you are a vegan, try adding 1 tablespoon of cashew butter for the creamy texture.

This delicious beverage keeps me satiated for hours, cuts cravings and keeps my brain extremely sharp. You can also drink this before exercise for steady energy levels without coffee’s crash. Here is a version of my friend Dave Asprey’s Bulletproof Coffee:

In a blender, add:

  • 2 cups of hot coffee (regular or decaf), ideally fresh brewed with organic beans
  • 2 tablespoons of grass-fed butter or ghee
  • 2 tablespoons of organic coconut oil or 2 Tablespoons of MCT oil
  • ½ teaspoon of organic cinnamon (optional) or 1 teaspoon of organic cocoa powder for a mocha

Blend until creamy. For best results, I suggest using a metal mesh filter in your drip coffee maker or a French press.

Note: Always be very careful when pureeing hot liquids in a blender. The heat from the liquid can cause the pressure in the blender to build up under the lid, and when the blender is turned on, the top can blow off and your hot soup will go everywhere. Keep the lid vented by removing the small window insert from the middle of the blender lid; hold a towel over the open window to prevent splattering. Always start on the lowest speed possible.

The bottom line is that much no one-size-fits-all approach exists for diet and lifestyle, and that includes your coffee intake.

One person may be able to enjoy raw, cruciferous vegetables while another needs to avoid them because of digestive issues. This same thing applies to coffee. For some people it works; others, not so much.

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