Posts Tagged ‘HealthWise Low Acid Coffee’

Proton Pump Inhibitors

Thursday, November 1st, 2012

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With all of the acidic foods in the typical American diet, it’s no wonder why Acid Reflux is one of the most common complaints at the doctor’s office. In 2009 there were over 9 million visits related to it!  Acid Reflux has caused millions of people to take PPIs, or Proton Pump Inhibitors, the most common type of medication used to suppress stomach acid production in people with reflux.  Most people who take this stay on it for years, or the rest of their lives.

 

PPIs have some nutrition implications associated with long-term use, mainly with bone and blood health:

 

  • - Bones: PPIs can impair the absorption of calcium from the diet, as well as promoted accelerated loss of calcium already in bones. They can also impair absorption of magnesium, which is another mineral important to bone health. This can lead to an increased risk of osteoporosis (abnormally low bone mineral density) and fractures resulting from that illness.

 

  • - Blood: Some nutrients are best metabolized and absorbed in an acidic environment, so when PPIs reduce stomach acidity, they can prevent this absorption from occurring, which can cause anemia. Specifically, anemia can be caused by an iron or Vitamin B12 deficiency. For Vitamin B12 to be absorbed from natural sources, it needs to split apart from a protein, which can only occur in a highly acidic environment. Vegetarian iron (from grains, cereals, etc.) also requires this. However, iron from animal products, and artificial Vitamin B12 can still be absorbed without the acidity.

 

Taking supplements and monitoring these potential conditions can help the effects of PPIs, but there are also lifestyle changes that can help to reduce the dependency on this medication.  Losing weight, eating frequent small meals instead of larger meals, quitting smoking, and eating foods that are low acid can reduce the need for people to take this medication!

Coffee Reduces Pain

Thursday, September 20th, 2012

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In addition to all of the other recent discoveries about coffee’s health benefits (protecting against dementia, certain types of cancers, risk of premature death, and more), reducing physical pain may also be added to the list!  A group of participants recently spent 90 minutes performing fake computer tasks, meant to mimic a day doing office work.  Typically, these tasks can cause pain in the shoulders, neck, forearms and wrists.  Participants were told they could drink coffee or not before the study, whichever was their typical routine.

 

The researchers at Norway’s National Institute of Occupational Health found that the 19 people who drank coffee before the study began reported a lower intensity of pain than the 29 people who did not.  Pain intensity gaps were found in all pain sites measured and the effect was true regardless of whether the participants already experienced chronic pain.  While it’s hard to know the other factors involved in the study, it looks like coffee drinkers have a less painful workday!

National Nutrition Month

Thursday, March 8th, 2012

March is National Nutrition Month!  Everyone knows nutrition plays a huge role in maintaining a healthy body and protecting against chronic disease, and here are some ways HealthWise Coffee can help:

  • - Antioxidants: These help protect the body against disease, by fighting off free radicals which attack healthy cells and cause illness. Coffee is the leading source of antioxidants in the US diet, and over half of Americans enjoy it each day.
  • - Minerals: Minerals are essential for normal body functioning, from bone health to the ability to focus. HealthWise Coffee has a patented roasting formula which allows it to retain more minerals than other coffees. Drinking HealthWise can significantly contribute to your Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA) of these minerals:

Calcium                4.6%
Potassium           18.6%
Iron                     12.9%
Zinc                      6.4%

  • - Low Acid Content: The typical American diet is too acidic, and millions of Americans rely on medication to control their stomach discomfort. The human body should stay in the pH range of 7.35-7.45, and those who go beyond this desired range can suffer from kidney, bladder, heart, and joint issues. HealthWise Low Acid Coffee has the most neutral pH of all of the coffee brands we tested in the HealthWise pH Challenge. With the risk of an upset stomach gone, you can enjoy more coffee as well!
  • - Protective Elements: Coffee has been shown in several studies to protect against certain types of cancers, Type-II diabetes, Parkinson’s Disease, and more.

Heart Health Month and Coffee

Monday, February 20th, 2012

February is Heart Health Awareness Month and you’ve likely been hearing about the importance of maintaining a healthy heart through nutrition and exercise.

Some people have avoided caffeinated coffee for fear of potential health risks despite decades of research suggesting otherwise. Luckily, there’s no need to worry about your heart health when enjoying your daily cup of HealthWise! Actually, the caffeine from two cups of coffee will increase blood pressure slightly; however, the effect is temporary and may not even occur for regular drinkers. Coffee is not a factor in abnormal heart rhythms either.

For those worried about cholesterol, filtering coffee removes oils that can raise cholesterol levels, and two cups of coffee each day actually can causes arteries to relax rather than stiffen. While coffee is safe for a healthy heart, it’s always important to look at all of the factors that may impact your heart health!

5 Reasons to Say Yes to Coffee

Wednesday, February 8th, 2012

Lowers Risk of Overall Disease: Numerous studies have shown those who regularly drink coffee are at a lower risk of certain types of cancers (breast, liver, prostate, skin), Diabetes, and Parkinson’s Disease, and depression.   This isn’t surprising considering coffee is the #1 source of disease-preventing antioxidants in the US diet!

Increases Memory Function: Two cups of coffee per day improves memory function for up to two hours after consumption, mainly due to the effects of the caffeine.

Lowers Stroke Risk: The American Journal of Epidemiology has published that drinking 3-4 cups daily reduces stroke risk by about 17%- wow!

Improves Stamina: Drinking one cup of coffee before running or working out can increase stamina by about 40%.  Added bonus: coffee helps ease muscle pain post-workout and in days following.

Tastes Great: HealthWise Coffee is always rich and never bitter, thanks to its special roasting process.  Higher in vitamins and minerals than other coffees, it’s easy on the stomach as a low acid coffee. Coffee consumption is at an all-time high, and its health benefits are as well!

Good For Your Heart — Another Coffee Success Study

Wednesday, March 3rd, 2010

We’ve long known that coffee is good for your heart.  Coffee is loaded with antioxidants — those molecules that help stop the chain reactions of free radicals in your system.  And by stopping those chain reactions, a person is much better off in defense against cancer and heart disease.  Now there is a new study which shows that regular coffee consumption aids those people with heart rhythm problems.

The study was led by Dr. Arthur Klatsky, a senior consultant at Kaiser Permanente Division of Research in California, and looked at the rate of hospitalization of more than 130,000 people.  The study found that the risk of being hospitalized for heart rhythm disturbances was 18% lower for people who reported drinking four or more cups of coffee a day.

The study did not indicate why coffee would help reduce heart rhythm problems.  Dr. Klatsky was quoted as saying “Coffee drinkers don’t have to quit because they have heart rhythm problems.”

Results of the study are being presented this week by the American Heart Association at its 50th Annual Conference on cardiovascular diseases.

Drinking Coffee May Be Good For Those With Hepatitis C

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2009

Hepatitis C is a virus that can cause inflamation of the liver, which if chronic, can lead to chronic liver disease, which in turn can be serious or even fatal.  About 4 million people in the United States have been infected with the virus, and as many as half do not even know they have the infection.   About 80% of those who do have the disease do not show symptoms, and in those who do show symptons, the symptoms may not appear for 10-20 years or longer – long enough to perhaps have severe liver damage.  

There could be good news for people with Hepatitis C based on a recent study.  Coffee drinkers who consume three or more cups per day seem to have a lower risk of disease progression than non-coffee drinkers.

The study was led by Dr. Neal D. Freedman of the U.S. National Cancer Institute and published in the November Journal of Hepatology.  For the study, 766 participants completed a survey of their coffee and tea consumption, and were monitored over the course of three and a half years.  The researchers found that the risk of progression of the disease declined as the amount of coffee consumed increased, up to where those who drank three or more cups a day were 53% less likley to see a progression of the disease.  There was not such a finding with respect to tea drinkers. 

Leaves and Coffee Could Make for Great Garden Next Year!

Wednesday, October 21st, 2009

Instead of burning your leaves this fall, try mixing them with old coffee grounds for a nutrient-rich compost your garden will love.  Leaves are high in carbon, and coffee is high in nitrogen, making them a great combination for compost.  The ideal carbon to nitrogen ratio is about 25 or 30 parts carbon to one part nitrogen.  The nitrogen from the coffee grounds provides the fuel for the composting to occur, so make sure you have enough.  If there is too much carbon present, decomposition will slow down, and too much nitrogen results in a smelly pile.
 
You can also add grass clippings or other green garden matter to add nitrogen, or wood chips and mulch to raise the carbon content.  Moisten your leaves and coffee mixture so it is the consistency of a wet sponge.  It will begin to get warm as it “cooks.” 
 
Incorporate your compost mixture into your soil for your best garden ever!

More Fiber From Coffee Than Orange Juice?

Thursday, October 1st, 2009

When you think about sources of soluble fiber, you may think of oatmeal, fruits and vegetables, whole grains, maybe even juices, such as OJ.  But did you think of coffee?  A new study shows that brewed coffee actually contains soluble fiber, the same type found in other healthy foods.  According to the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, drip coffee, espresso, and freeze-dried coffee contained between .47 and .75 grams of fiber per 100 milliliters.  Women should consume 25 grams of fiber per day, and men, 38.  However, half of adults consume 15 grams or less!  A medium-sized cup of HealthWise coffee can contain 1.5 grams of fiber, as much as an apple!
 
It may surprise you to learn that juices, which are often thought of as “part of a balanced breakfast,” actually provide very few health benefits.  In fact, by removing fruit pulp from juices, valuable fiber and vitamins are lost and the drink becomes just another sugary liquid.  Juices often have as much or more sugar than soda, making them not a good source of nutrition, but of tooth decay and weight gain.  Stick to eating whole fruits and vegetables to meet your daily intake!

So another message is this:  Be confident that you are well along your way to getting your daily requirements of soluble fiber when you drink  your cup(s) of HealthWise coffee….and be alert for commercials that tell you that your day should start with orange juice
 

Nighttime Heartburn

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2009

Nighttime heartburn is now thought to be more common than previously thought, with eight out of ten acid reflux sufferers experiencing heartburn at night.
 
In addition to acidic food consumption, nighttime heartburn can be affected by gravity and swallowing habits.  When people are sleeping and lying down, stomach acid can easily creep up into the esophagus, as opposed to when they are sitting or standing upright.  Saliva helps keep our bodies’ pH in check; when people swallow less at night, less saliva meets the esophagus to neutralize the stomach acid that may be there.  Both of these factors contribute to the occurrence of nighttime heartburn.
 
Even for people who are especially susceptible to acid reflux and the symptoms that are associated with it, cutting back on acidic foods and beverages, especially around bedtime, is a great way to help reduce these symptoms’ unpleasant effects.  Also, it is helpful to seek out foods lower in acid, such as HealthWise Coffee!