Nothing to me is more frustrating than having poor health and not feeling well. I want to be able to think clearly, have energy, and be healthy so I can create art and think through ideas. Unfortunately, I’ve been struggling lately a lot with feeling well.
Coffee Health Benefits
Everyone loves coffee, or at least the people I surround myself with do. And there are benefits to drinking coffee too. Here are some:
- Coffee may protect you from Type 2 Diabetes, Parkinsons, and liver cancers & diseases, as well as dementia and Alzheimer
- Coffee improves heart health
- Coffee improves energy, balances your mood, and focus
- Coffee can help you burn fat
- Coffee can improve physical performance
- Coffee contains important nutrients like B2, B5, Mangnesium, Potassium, and B3.
- Coffee helps with depression
- Coffee is packed with antioxidants
For that reason, I love coffee. However, I don’t drink flavored coffees or anything that contains any fake ingredients. I’ve purchased coffee that is organic and I don’t use creamers with any fake junk either. Cream and sugar, baby. Even with being health conscience, I’ve been getting sick after every single cup of coffee. I tried to cut out dairy and just do coffee. I’ve tried to cut down on the cup size. I just couldn’t give it up.
My Keurig Scare
Then I looked at the Keurig I was using. Did you know that Keurig has a tendency to grow mold? I did not before this week. But I saw it and was pretty disgusted by it. I couldn’t see it until I actually took the tank off and there it was–green mold growing near the filter of my keurig. And it was disgusting.
I posted something on facebook about it and several people told me they had the same issues. Despite constant cleaning, the mold returned. So they ended up getting rid of their Keurig.
You can’t convince me the vinegar and other methods of cleaning that out of the inside of the tank (which you can’t take apart and actually clean) is getting cleaned by flushing it out with vinegar. I had to scrub that green mold off the removable water tank, so I’d imagine it’s growing on the inside parts as well. And well, that’s nasty.
Healthier Option: French Press
A friend of mine suggested getting a french press. I make coffee for myself and sometimes my daughter drinks it, otherwise I’m the only one in the house that drinks coffee. And the french press is stainless steel and you wash it out every single time, so none of this mold business.
So I’m still waiting on the french press and caved and drank another cup of coffee. I know, I’m so stupid! But I’m having caffeine withdrawals and I had some coffee left so I convinced myself to drink it. And guess what, I’m sick. Stomach sick, throat scratchy, brain fog. I’m convinced my Keurig is making me sick.
A friend of mine directed me to this article about the benefits of a french press, so hopefully you’ll find it helpful too: Health Benefits of a French Press.
I’ve not felt much like creating art and have been depressed and sick pretty much all week, so I’m going to try the French Press before giving up on coffee altogether. With brain fog and intestinal issues, it makes it really hard to do much at all. If you are experiencing similar symptoms, you might want to check out your Keurig or any coffee pot that you haven’t cleaned all that well.
Mold can also grow on certain coffee, so you might want to look into that as well. Try cutting out coffee and see if you feel any better. It might take a week or two, but if coffee or your Keurig is the culprit, you might find relief from symptoms instead of getting more sick.