imyeyes-banner-sqIn My EyesBy Edward B. Antonio

Live or die with coffee or tea (Part 1)

Last September, after so many, many years, I reluctantly went to the doctor after suffering from a 2-week lower back pain (right side) and lower right abdomen pain. I was sure I did not have kidney trouble or bladder stone because every time I wake up in the morning, I consume almost a liter of hot water. I drink around 3 liters of water daily.

I was diagnosed with lumbar spondylosis, dyslipidemia and goutic arthritis.

The first one pertains to a degenerative disease of the lower spine when your spinal bones start to get brittle out of old (?) age. The other one is described as bad cholesterol or triglycerides build up. Goutic arthritis is a result of my over intake of food rich in uric acid such as internal organs, fatty legumes, pork and beef.

You see, when you are into media mingling with your colleagues, these are the types of food you usually meet, along with a bottle of beer or a glass of coffee.

This made me think I might have been into the wrong lifestyle or eating the wrong kind of food.

At least, I did not contract the dreaded COVID-19, fellas.

My doctor prescribed me with a lot of medicines and warned me to avoid foods that might trigger goutic arthritis attack or heart attack in the long run.

“Drink a lot of water, exercise and consume a lot of fruits and vegetables, too,” he said.

Aside from these, I also researched on how to cleanse the body of toxic elements and so I came into contact with green tea, “the healthiest beverage in the planet” as experts say and pure coffee.

Old folks say coffee and tea are not good for little children. When I was young, my mother used to say: “Huwag kang magkape dahil hindi ka tatangkad.”

 Well, I believed her then, as mothers are ought to be believed all the time.

Some religious sects also prohibit the drinking of coffee and tea, saying that “coffee and tea are not good for the belly.”I don’t know why. Perhaps, this belief is a kind of culture among them, preferring only the coffee from burnt rice.

You see, intensive reading and researching have reversed these beliefs, fellas. Although coffee and tea benefit the body, I found out they also have harmful effects!

We all love a cup of coffee or tea.

“There’s now growing research evidence that increased consumption of these drinks are associated with reduced stroke risk and cardiovascular disease,” says Dr. Sanjay Prasad from the heart and stroke charity CORDA.

A new study from the Netherlands found that people who drank three to six cups of tea a day had a 45 per cent lower risk of heart disease and strokes and those who drank two to four cups of coffee a 20 per cent lower risk.

Being a tea drinker is particularly good news because tea is crammed with a variety of healthy properties. Not only does it rehydrate you just as well as water, but its antioxidants can also help protect against certain cancers and heart disease. If you drink it regularly it will bring a number of benefits.

According to research published in the International Journal of Gynaecological Cancer, women drinking two or more cups of black tea a day had a 30 per cent reduction in the risk of ovarian cancer. Researchers say the disease fighting compounds in black tea – theaflavins – could explain its anti-cancer effects.

Three cups of tea a day can also help protect you from heart attacks – but only if you’re female. Researchers examined nearly 4,000 women and found those who drank tea had less of a dangerous buildup of fat and cholesterol in their arteries.

The bad news is the same effect wasn’t found in men – one theory being, tea might in some way compliment the female hormone estrogen, which is also believed to help protect women against heart disease.

While excessive tea drinking can stain your teeth, moderate tea drinking, without added sugar, has been associated with a number of beneficial effects to your teeth. This is down to two factors. Tea is a good source of fluoride, which can help to protect the teeth from plaque. The compounds found in tea can help attack harmful bacteria in the mouth, which are thought to cause gum disease and cavities.

There’s also a big upside to drinking coffee, with countless studies showing that moderate drinking – that’s two to four cups a day – is better for you than you might think.

One study has shown that polyphenols (the type of antioxidants found in coffee) can lower your risk of dementia later in life by aiding brain function. Harvard researchers have also found that moderate coffee drinkers are half as likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease. This is down to the fact caffeine helps slow the buildup of amyloid-beta, a toxic brain plaque that’s associated with Alzheimer’s.

Researchers from the American Association of Cancer Research have also found that regular coffee drinkers are 39 per cent less likely to develop oral and throat cancers than those who don’t drink coffee. Give up the sugar in your coffee – and according to research, your coffee will help reduce your risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Harvard University researchers determined that drinking coffee cuts your risk of developing diabetes in half, due to the high levels of disease-fighting antioxidants in every cup you drink.

While its good news all round that drinking tea and coffee is good for your health, experts agree that more research needs to be done.

It’s worth remembering, it’s also easy to upset the health benefits that come with drinking tea and coffee.

“This is especially a problem, for example if you’re someone who always goes for biscuits and chocolate with your coffee, or always has a cigarette with your cup of tea,” warns nutritionist Justine Lewis.

“If you do this, bear in mind that your cup is unlikely to offer your body much protection in the heart and cancer stakes at all,” she says.