Alkaline Coffee Benefits and Side Effects

Alkaline Coffee Benefits and Side Effects
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Those who do not pay attention at all to the pH level of their bodies may have been absent when acidity and alkalinity were discussed in the chemistry class; we were told that the body is naturally alkaline and that excessive acidity breeds illness. The chemistry symbol pH stands for “power of hydrogen“.

Don’t worry you are not about to grapple with logarithm and a chemistry equation to be able to understand what pH is really about. But you may try to recall what your Chemistry teacher taught you that the neutral pH is 7.0, a pH below 7.0 is acidic and a pH above 7.0 is alkaline. You were asked to dip a strip of blank paper in the water and when it turned blue, you were told the water was alkaline. Nowadays, the pH testing strips could indicate the pH level from 1 to 14; the levels are represented by hues of varying colors. 

What are the benefits of alkaline in the body?

We have also learned that the human body is equipped with built-in mechanisms to keep the body’s pH stable. The body produces enzymes that neutralize acidic substances. The blood takes away from the cells the acidic residues of the metabolic process. The lungs and excretory organs expel from the body acidic elements. It’s amazing how the human body naturally maintains a balanced pH– “fluctuating from 6.0-8.0 over a day. Your blood and tissues maintain a slightly alkaline pH level between 7.2-7.4. The organs involved in digestion tend to have acidic pH levels; your saliva tends to have slightly acidic pH at between 6.2-6.8 while the stomach contains extremely acidic enzymes and digestive fluids with 2.0-3.0 pH levels”.

One’s lifestyle is a major factor that influences the body’s efficiency in maintaining a proper pH level and promoting general health. Dr. Phil Maffetone’s advise- “balancing nutrition, exercise, and stress”- incidentally summarizes what many experts individually or jointly recommend as best ways of maintaining a balanced pH level; Dr. Maffetone had issued the advice for everyone who desires to promote health and wellness. 

We had known that proper nutrition means taking the right kind and right amount of food at the right time and the right frequency. But it is interesting to note that some people knowingly- in fact, with much pleasure- take as many cups of coffee as they could at any time of the day. This aromatic roasted and ground bean-like fruit of a tropical shrub- served as “coffee”- undoubtedly brings joy and sense of well-being to many people worldwide; some people would even snub a fine breakfast for 2 successive cups of the aromatic brew. 

Coffee is said to contain certain essential elements- “sodium, potassium, magnesium, manganese, riboflavin, and niacin”; experts recommend that drinking 3-4 cups of coffee daily 6 hours before bedtime is conducive to good health. The contribution of drinking coffee as a desirable way to imbibe our optimal water requirement is one good reason for recommending coffee as a beverage. Coffee is so popular and desirable worldwide that drinkers had been trying awesome ways of consuming this black gold. 

How alkaline coffee got started

Experts are continuously studying ways to take away or reduce the proven and imagined downside of drinking coffee. Aside from the well-known caffeine, ”the two main types of oily substances in coffee called diterpenes- cafestol and kahweol- were identified in a Harvard University study as substances that block a cholesterol regulator in the intestines”. More studies are deemed necessary to fully establish that the “anecdotal health-boosting” or health-harming consequences of drinking coffee are inherently due to the elements in coffee, but scientists and entrepreneurs had been boldly going for ingenious- oftentimes self-serving- innovations. 

The decaffeinated coffee was introduced purportedly to reduce or eliminate the caffeine in coffee; caffeine is considered harmful when it is not taken as prescribed medicine. Artificial additives were introduced to substitute for sugar and milk which were identified as relatively undesirable elements when added to coffee. Coffee filters were customized to remove cafestol and kahweol from the brewed coffee. I have heard oral arguments pushing for the use of alkaline water instead of neutral water to reduce the natural acidity of coffee and, consequently, make it more healthful. 

It stands to reason that a sufficient amount of alkaline water may somehow reduce the acidity of an element to which it is added. So, it may be possible that a sufficient quantity of alkaline water, when used to dilute a proper amount of coffee, may cause the naturally acidic coffee to become alkaline; however, actual scientific study would be required to establish how alkaline must water be and how much of it is necessary to be added to what quantity of coffee to achieve the desired alkalinity level. In fact, it appears that the ingredients of the rare so-called alkaline coffee being peddled now include: arabica coffee, wheatgrass, mushrooms, and mysterious elements’ but not alkaline water. 

What are the health benefits of alkaline coffee?

As of today, there is a concoction being touted as the “world’s first alkaline coffee– made of premium Arabica beans, fortified with 16,000 phytonutrients from complete phyto-energizer plus phytoalkaline powder. “The component called phytoalkaline powder is supposed to be the transforming element that would make naturally acidic Arabica coffee powder alkaline. The other component identified as complete phyto-energizer is supposed to deliver the following nineteen (19) benefits: 

“1. Lowers cholesterol level. 
2. Protects against heart disease.
3. Helps protect against cancer of any origin.
4. Controls blood pressure and blood sugar.
5. Prevents degenerative diseases like arthritis and rheumatism.
6. Enhances, nourishes, balances and strengthens the immune system.
7. Rejuvenates the skin. 
8. Promotes healthy blood circulation and cell regeneration.
9. Detoxifies the body.
10. Reduces fatigue.
11. Relieves headache.
12. Prevents Parkinson’s diseases.
13. Enhances sexual vitality. 
14. Increases sperm motility.
15. Increases memory concentration and focus.
16. Essential to mental, visual and neurological activities.
17. Improves performance and endurance during exercise.
18. Offsets damage of smoking and alcohol intake. 
19. Reduces the risks of Type II diabetes.

The benefits attributed to the “world’s first alkaline coffee appear too good to be true; you would like to see the clinical findings confirming them. But the originators did not say where we can find the scientific study leading to the invention of that “world’s first alkaline coffee”; perhaps, the study is being highly protected or it is in the process of being perfect as a trade secret.

The lack of substantive or corroborative proofs of the claims attributed to the product doesn’t affect our perception that a genuine alkaline coffee would be awesome. But a report citing the WebMD had this to say: “…no scientific evidence suggests that eating alkaline foods or drinking water decreases chronic diseases…Alkaline water may confer some protection against osteoporosis but experts do not recommend eating alkalizing diets to prevent cancer or other diseases…”. 

It seems that there is nothing wrong should we go on enjoying the brew as it used to be; trying to perfectly alkalize coffee might eventually alter its magic. After all, there may be less-essential acidic food items we used to eat or drink- not the traditionally brewed coffee– which we may forego to reduce our acidity level. Also, the requisites to enhance the efficiency of the organs that take care of stabilizing the body’s pH level are just a hand’s length away. 

What are the side effects of alkaline coffee?

Alkaline coffee is less likely to cause side effects than non-alkaline coffee. Simple because most of coffee’s negative effects come from high levels of caffeine, and alkaline coffee is lower in caffeine than regular coffee, or with Bio Coffee, there is no caffeine.

However, the base of this drink is still regular coffee. Whether you make your own alkaline coffee or buy the instant alkaline coffee with no caffeine, it’s made from coffee beans grown in the same way. So those who suffer from coffee side effects may still experience them from alkaline coffee, particularly if adverse reactions are due to intolerance to coffee itself, rather than caffeine.

So issues to watch out for include: stomach pain and nausea (drink coffee on an empty stomach); elevated heart rate and feelings of anxiety; headaches, and trouble falling asleep.

Can you make coffee with alkaline water?

Want to know how to make alkaline coffee? Here’s how:

Pour 6 oz. of alkaline water for each cup of coffee you want to make. For a French press, pour the water into your kettle and bring the water to a boil.

Add 1 tbsp. of coffee to the filter or the French press for each cup of coffee you want to make.

**When using non-alkalized water, most people use 2 tbsp. of coffee per cup. However, less coffee is needed with alkaline water since it releases the natural flavor of the coffee.

Turn your coffee maker on and allow your coffee to brew.

If you are using a French press, pour the hot water over the coffee and let it sit for 4 minutes before depressing the plunger.

How to clean

Alkaline water has a tendency to leave deposits in coffee makers, french press, etc. You can easily clean these deposits with a white vinegar solution.

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