The Dangers Of Decaffeinated Coffee

Coffee BeansWhen people first embark on the EAT Smart Diet Solution they often ask if they can replace their regular caffeinated coffee with decaf siting that “they cannot function without their morning cuppa”

And I know exactly how they feel, I love a large cappuccino and have spent many an hour in my favorite coffee shop drinking their large cappuccinos. The problem is I can’t stop at one “large cap” per day and will often drink up to 4 to 5 large cappuccinos per day. That is a massive amount of caffeine to be drinking on a daily basis.

The problem is, caffeine consumption is not exactly healthy. Not only is it extremely addictive, that’s one of the reasons that when I start drinking my large cuppa java I want to drink more which left me feeling lethargic gave me headaches and ruined my sleep, but it has a laundry list of side effects that can lead to various other health issues such as an accelerated heart rate, excessive urination, nausea, vomiting, anxiety, depression, tremors, restlessness and difficulty sleeping.

Caffeine is a neurostimulant and accelerates the brains conversion of energy, this is why you feel energised. It’s a bit like turning the energiser bunny up to full. Trouble is the batteries will quickly run out and you’ll need another hit of caffeine when you hit the energy slump. Eventually this leads to addiction.

Caffeine also has a devastating effect of the body’s stress response system and particularly on the hormones cortisol and adrenalin. During human evolution these hormones would have been activated during a life or death situation i.e. fleeing from a saber toothed tiger or battling with other tribes.

Trouble is sitting in a coffee shop or at your desk at work is hardly life threatening situations but the hormonal response is just the same. Because cortisol helps the liver to liberate glucose for energy you get a massive blood sugar rush that would have given us the energy to run from that saber toothed tiger or fight it out for survival. But because you are sat at your desk you don’t burn off the glucose. Elevated glucose levels are detrimental to good health and so your body releases insulin from the pancreas. Insulin’s job is to store glucose, either in the liver and muscles. Think of the liver and muscles as the petrol tank for the body. However if the petrol tank is full the excess glucose is getting convert to belly fat. So not only have you potentially stored the glucose as belly fat the resulting blood sugar crash is going to leave you craving sugary foods. Not good if you are drinking caffeine to lose weight!! The key to losing fat fast and safely is by stabilising your blood sugar levels and not causing a high blood sugar/low blood sugar roller coaster that leaves you feeling exhausted and craving sugary foods.

Caffeine Increases The Risk Of Miscarriage

In a study of 1,063 women by De-Kun Li, M.D and published in American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, showed that women who drank more than 200mg of caffeine per day more than doubled their risk of miscarriage when compared to women who abstained from caffeine consumption during pregnancy.

If that isn’t bad enough, decaf isn’t any better. In fact it’s probably worse!!

Decaffeinated coffee should really be referred to as low-caffeine coffee because the decaffeination process does not remove all of the caffeine. The decaffeination process typically removes around 97% of the caffeine from the coffee bean. Drinking 5-10 cups of decaf has the equivalent amount of caffeine as drinking one to two cups of ‘normal’ coffee; therefore you are still at risk of the side effects of regular coffee

How Is The Caffeine Removed

There are three methods usually used to remove the caffeine from coffee beans: using chemical solvents (methylene chloride or ethyl acetate), carbon dioxide, or the water method (also known as the Swiss Water method).

skull-and-crossbonesMethelyne Chloride is often used as a solvent in paint strippers, as an aerosol propellant, a degreaser in manufacturing, and paint stripper. It is also found in spray shoe polish, water repellents, spot removers, wood floor and panel cleaners, glues, lubricants, wood stains, varnishes and finishes, painting products, rust removers, and some automotive products.

Methelyne chloride is a known carcinogen and is toxic to your lungs. Repeated exposure to methelyne chloride can increase your risk of developing cancer

Regular exposure to methylene chloride also affects the nervous system and can lead to headaches, dizziness, nausea, clumsiness, drowsiness, and other effects like those of being drunk. These effects on the nervous system can be permanent if exposure levels are high, or if they occur frequently over months or years.

Upon ingestion Methelyne Chloride is converted to carbon monoxide in the body. Since carbon monoxide interferes with oxygen delivery exposure to methelyne chloride can make angina and other heart symptoms worse in people with heart disease. People with lung conditions, smokers, and people who are overweight or pregnant also may be more sensitive to methylene chloride.

Pregnant or lactating women should steer clear of coffee that has been decaffeinated using methelyne chloride. If it is inhaled or absorbed through the skin is can reach the developing fetus through the placenta, and it can enter breast milk.

Coffee Consumption And Osteoporosis

 Your blood and most of your body tissues are alkaline. This alkaline environment deters the growth of pathogenic microorganisms such as bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites.

Both decaf and regular coffee are extremely acidic beverages, especially if you use lots or sugar, artificial sweeteners and cows milk. Regular consumption of both types of coffee places your body into an acidity crisis, which forces your body to release calcium from your bones to maintain proper pH balance. An over acid internal environment is a leading cause of many degenerative diseases including: arthritis, diabetes, fibromyalgia osteoporosis and calcification of blood vessels and tissues. Cancer also thrives in an acidic environment but doesn’t survive in a normal more alkaline environment. Therefore reducing your consumption of acid forming foods reduces your risk of developing this deadly disease.

In summary, while I love a cappuccino on a regular basis, except when I’m 100% compliant to the EAT Smart Diet Solution rules, I highly recommend that you reduce or eliminate your caffeine consumption.

Because when you do you’ll have better energy, better sleep and reduce you’re the chances of gaining belly fat as well as reduce the risk or chronic lifestyle diseases.

The best way to get rid of the caffeine is just to go cold turkey, however a word of caution: you may suffer from severe headaches for a few days as your body fights the addiction as well as learn to depend on it’s on fat stores for energy instead of the artificial energy from the caffeine.

If you are a mega caffeine addict it may be wise to reduce your caffeine intake slowly to reduce the risk of headaches, nausea and vomiting.

Further reading: for more information about what to expect when you detoxify from caffeine and other toxic foods click the link for The Healing Crisis




Marc Kent author EAT Smart Diet Solution



Author: EAT Smart Diet Solution


Healing Crisis

The human body is a remarkable thing. It has the ability to heal itself if given the right ingredients. Trouble is when most people get ill they turn to modern medication. However this isn’t as sensible as one might think when you look a little deeper.

Most modern medications don’t actually cure your illness and instead focus on suppressing the symptoms that we experience. This is actually more damaging to the body as the real cause of the illness goes untreated which causes a build up of illness in later life.

If that wasn’t bad enough, most modern medications are down right dangerous. Did you know that most drugs have an acceptable fatality level during trials? Yes, these drugs that are supposed to cure us actually kill us.

As mentioned in the EAT Smart Diet Solution, 10’000 people in the UK and over 106’000 people die each year from adverse drug reactions. Again, these medications are prescribed in the right dose, for the right illness. These are not deaths from overdose. The drug companies keep this information from us and they also try to keep it from our doctors.

However there is another way:

“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food” ? Hippocrates

As I mentioned at the start of this article, the human body has the ability to heal itself if disease hasn’t taken a hold on our bodies. But even then, they’re a numerous stories of people curing themselves of cancer and various chronic diseases by eating wholesome natural foods.

However, prevention is always better than cure, therefore engaging in a healthy lifestyle like the one outlined in the EAT Smart Diet Solution.

By eliminating all foods that the body finds toxic and or causes inflammation and then replacing them with supportive meals eating at regular timings you will provide the body with the nourishment that it needs to live and thrive rather than simply survive.

When you stop putting toxins in, the body will then want to get all the toxins out. During this initial detoxification phase many people feel a little under the weather. This is perfectly normal as the body goes through what has been termed a “Healing Crisis”

The “Healing Crisis” or “Herxheimer Reaction” is caused when the body begins to eliminate all the toxins that had been stored in the body’s fat cells. The more toxic your body is at the beginning of the EAT Smart Diet Solution the more severe the severe your reaction to detoxification.

Often people will feel worse before they get better with symptoms such as headaches, nausea and cold and flu symptoms flaring up for up to 5 days. People who are addicted to caffeine or sugar often suffer the most. This is perfectly normal and will pass. What you have to remember is that these symptoms are all signs that the body is healing itself and in a few days time once your body has processed and eliminated the toxins you’ll feel better then you have in years.

Helping Your Body Through The Healing Crisis:

Once you begin the process of detoxification it is highly recommended that you see it through to the end, this will prevent any of the released toxins finding their way back into your cells.


The following tips will help speed you through the process and lesson the burden on the body:

  • Drink plenty of water. Water helps to flush the cells and cleanse the body. Drinking 1 litre for every 50lb of bodyweight will ensure you remain fully hydrated as well as flushing out the toxins from your body.
  • Add the juice of half a lemon to your water. Lemon helps to cleanse the digestive system, which will be working hard to eliminate all the toxins.
  • Take 400mg magnesium citrate daily. Magnesium is vital to the detoxification process and helps to prevent sugar cravings.
  • Take Milk Thistle daily. Milk Thistle is awesome at helping the liver through the detoxification process
  • Exercise is a great way to support the detoxification process.
  • Get plenty of fresh air. Try going for a walk down the beach

Finally, the healing crisis is perfectly normal and is not sign that you are ill. If you stop putting toxins into your body, your body will see it, as a chance to get rid of anything that is has had to store. Look at it as your body healing its self and usually lasts for 1-3 days. Caffeine addicts and sugar addicts tend to suffer the most but you can get through this.


Marc Kent

Author: EAT Smart Diet Solution

The Story Of The Three Little Pigs And My Beliefs On Nutrition

3 liitle pigsNutrition, it’s a minefield. It seems that everyone you talk to has an opinion and everyone wants to offer you advice on what to eat, what not to eat and what constitutes a “healthy diet”



And when it comes to fat loss everyone is divided on what the best method is for shifting the pounds. From low fat, high carb diets, to no carb diets, to shakes to pills, and even the good old everything in moderation speech that people cling to as a justification to eating junk.



But what is moderation? Is one bar of chocolate per day a moderate amount? Or maybe one or two glasses of wine per night is a moderate amount? And the thing is, what could be classed as a moderate amount for one person could be classed as excessive for another.


EAT Smart Diet Solution caloriesThen you get the “it’s all about calories brigade, as long as you burn more than you eat you’ll lose weight”


But is that 100% true?


It most definitely is not, as I’m sure you have a friend that can tuck the food away like it’s going out of fashion and not put weight on. Likewise I’m sure you have a friend that only has to look at a piece of cake and they end up gaining weight and then blame their hormones.


Thing is, if you are struggling to lose weight, even if you have reduced you food intake and have started exercising, then it most likely has everything to do with your hormones.


BUT before you give up and accept your current situation, or seek medication for a thyroid problem or worse consider surgery let me tell you all is not lost.


Baring injury the body that you wear today is the direct result of everything that you have eaten and drank up until this point. The food that we eat and the beverages that we drink are the raw materials of our ever-changing body.  What you put in, is what you get out.


Lets look at it another way. If you were to build a house from the ground up you would or at least should make sure that the ground is level, build strong sturdy foundations and use the best quality material to ensure that the house would remain standing.


It’s a little bit like the “Three Little Pigs” story we all learned at school. The first little pig was lazy and grabbed at the first thing he could to build his house. Unfortunately straw isn’t great raw materials for building a house and so the wolf ate him.


This is like the person who grabs at the first sugary treat or eats processed foods at every single meal. Sure it gets the job done and you fill you stomach but in the long run the lack of nutrients will keep you constantly craving food and the constant blood sugar spikes will lead to insulin resistance and diabetes. In time your body will come crumbling down with problems such as obesity, diabetes, coronary heart disease and cancer.


The second little pig built his house out of wood and granted it was stronger than the straw house, but the wolf still managed to blow the house down and eat the pig, it just took a little more effort on the wolfs part.


The second little pig is like the person who still eats the junk BUT is “exercising” so its ok. To some this might sound ok as the exercise will burn off the junk that they are eating. If only it was as simple as that.



Our body is constantly repairing, rebuilding and renewing every single cell that makes up “you” and the food that you eat is the raw materials the body uses. While exercise is an extremely important part of building a healthy body it also accelerates the break down and rebuilding of our body so we can become stronger, fitter and leaner. If you keep putting the junk and poor quality foods into your body and short change it of all the nutrients it needs it simply wont be able rebuild you a better body. Simply put, you cannot out exercise a bad diet and sooner or later your body will break.


So that leaves us with the third little pig who took his time and built himself a house of bricks and eventually outsmarted the big bad wolf. To build yourself the best, strongest and most robust body ever then you I believe you absolutely must give your body the best raw materials possible.


That means staying away from factory farmed fish and meats that are filled with hormones, antibiotics and are kept in awful living conditions.


It means staying away from dairy which is associated with osteoporosis, childhood diabetes and even cancer, simply put cows milk is for baby cows and we are the only species on the planet that thinks it’s ok to drink another mammals baby food, and from a species that is nothing like us on a biological level.


It means staying away from genetically modified crops such as wheat, which has been cross bred to make it better for making into bread and more profitable for the food industry. Wheat is filled with gluten, which is extremely hard for humans to digest, and causes no end of problems like IBS, diarrhoea, bloating and constipation.


no alcoholIt means reducing or eliminating alcohol which can have a devastating affect on every single organ in the body and can lead to obesity, diabetes, liver failure, gout, cancer and addiction which can destroy families.


It means reducing your caffeine intake, which robs you of energy and interferes with your body’s hormone levels. Caffeine has a direct effect on you adrenal glands forcing the body to secrete adrenalin and puts us on high alert ready for a fight or flight response. It’s this fight or flight response that allowed our ancestors to fight off sabre-toothed tigers but we don’t have much need for this state of readiness while sat at a desk.


Cortisol is also secreted which dumps lots of glucose into the blood to give us the energy for the fight, but because it doesn’t get used insulin is secreted to return the blood sugar levels back to normal, this results in lower blood sugar and craving for sugary foods.


Over time caffeine consumption can lead to anxiety, irritability, mood swings, sleep disturbance, depression and chronic fatigue.  Because caffeine stimulates fight or flight it can also impair digestion, sleep and lead to thyroid problems.


It means eliminating processed foods from your diet that are devoid of nutrients and are filled with preservatives, artificial colours, flavours and sweeteners such as aspartame and MSG.


Aspartame consumption has been linked to brain tumors, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, chronic fatigue syndrome, lymphoma, birth defects, fibromyalgia, and diabetes. While side effects from MSG range from migraine headaches, panic attacks, sciatica, Huntington’s disease, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) with both being linked to Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s disease.


Both aspartame and MSG and its many pseudonyms are used in nearly every single processed and fast food meals and is rife in kids food.


It means drinking more water. The human body is over 75% water and just a slight drop in hydration levels can set of a cascade of symptoms from headaches, low back pain, high blood pressure, depression, high cholesterol, asthma and diabetes. If chronic dehydration goes untreated the body becomes over acidic and cancers start to form. Most people seek medication when they suffer any of the above symptoms.


But medication simply suppresses the symptoms, in other words they hide the pain and are not without their own side effects. Drinking more water will prevent or even cure most of the problems list above. Aim for 1 litre of water per 50lb of body weight (yes, the larger you are the more you need). Not convinced? Then please read the brilliant book “Your Body’s Many Cries For Water: You’re Not Sick You’re Thirsty” by Dr Batmanghelidj


It means EATing Smart!


I truly believe that by implementing the EAT Smart Diet Solution protocols and eliminating all toxins from your diet then you can build a healthier you.


Marc Kent


Author: EAT Smart Diet Solution


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