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Coffee, Asthma, Arthritis, and Diabetes

While there is no cure for autoimmune diseases like asthma, Rheumatoid Arthritis, and diabetes, you do not have to live helpless and at their mercy. Studies have shown that making simple changes can make a difference in your quality of life. One of those changes is giving up or at least reducing your consumption of coffee.

Despite being inflammatory, coffee has had its medicinal purposes. My own ancestors used it to treat asthma. I have friends outside the U.S., who are still dependent upon coffee to treat asthma. Certain caffeine-type chemicals in coffee have been proven effective at stimulating bronchial dilation in people diagnosed with specific types of asthma. Some modern day asthma medications are even made from chemicals in the caffeine family.

For those using coffee as a natural asthma medication, you should keep in mind that caffeine is a toxic chemical. Its purpose in plant life is to act as an insecticide. In people, caffeine suppresses the enzymes needed for memory making. It also raises blood sugar and insulin levels, causing inflammation and aggravating diabetes.

Simply drinking decaffeinated coffee isn’t the answer either. Women who drink more than one cup a day of decaffeinated coffee are considered at a much higher risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis. The theory is that chemically decaffeinated products are causing the increased risk of autoimmunity. If you are going to drink decaffeinated coffee anyway, be sure that it uses a non-chemical based decaffeinating method and that the coffee was organically grown. Those who do not drink organic coffee, are exposed to too many man-made pesticides.

Heidi Whitaker is an author and well loved speaker on the subject of autoimmunity. She co-founded HealthyDivas.com HealthyDivas.com, a resource center for those with autoimmune disease looking for help and answers.

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