Updated: Apr 14
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Like a lot of folks, you probably love your cup of Joe first thing in the morning. But coffee has been reported to increase acidity in the stomach leading to heartburn, acid indigestion, and acid reflux. This, along with its high caffeine content, can mean it is doing your digestive system more harm than good.
This high acid content in coffee, along with the caffeine it contains, can cause the lower esophageal sphincter (LES) muscles to relax allowing stomach acid to enter the esophagus, which is what causes acid reflux.
It can also interfere with digestion by causing dehydration. Dehydration leads to indigestion and heartburn because, if there isn’t enough water in the stomach, the digestive system simply can’t break down food. To ensure proper absorption of nutrients it must take it from other organs causing dizziness, fatigue, and headaches.
Staying hydrated keeps your intestines smooth and flexible and ensures your system has the water it needs to keep food and waste moving through normally. Coffee, being a diuretic, simply makes it difficult to keep adequate water in the body.
Some evidence suggests that coffee can also get in the way of your stomach processes by allowing food to move into your small intestine before it is completely digested, due to an increase in the natural speed of peristalsis. This can also cause abdominal discomfort or even pain.
If you’re thinking about quitting coffee but feel you still need a ‘pick me up’, Oregon Yerba Maté is a fantastic choice! Yerba Maté contains some caffeine. But it has less than 80 milligrams of caffeine in each cup compared to 100 to 200 milligrams in a cup of coffee, making it the best alternative for people with chronic acid indigestion and heartburn. And it’s green, packed with alkalizing nutrients, along with a plethora of antioxidants to help keep you energized and feeling great without the coffee crash!
I’m not suggesting that coffee is bad for everyone; it does contain antioxidants and other nutrients. But if you suffer from heartburn or acid indigestion you may want to consider taking a break and trying Yerba Maté. Most people notice a difference after their first cup. They feel energized and refreshed without the bad breath or excess stomach acid. Yerba Maté provides a clean, sustainable energy that supports healthy digestion and whole body health and wellness.
Yours in health!
Owner, Oregon Yerba Mate