You may have heard me wax lyrical on the benefits of a good home made broth, bones simmered with veg for hours to be transformed into a nourishing base for soup that is good for body and soul. Patients who visit me at the clinic in Percy Street are regularly prescribed a visit to Tonkotsu for their life affirming (and giving) ramen, made with a silky home-made stock that makes me feel like Popeye eating spinach.
Friends have also been admiring and laughing in turn at my latest obsession with going home with doggy bags from restaurants, but it's ticking all my boxes this winter as I try and save for a big holiday later this year. I don't want to cancel all the nice cosy lunches and dinners with friends that make the first three months of the year not just bearable but fun, but it's all about balancing the books. So here's my official acupuncturist advice:
a) go to lovely, possibly spendy pub or restaurant for lunch or dinner. b) Order a nice cut of meat on the bone. Shin of beef at the Canton Arms? Bag up the bones. Baby chicken at Shoreditch House? A nice wee take home box. c) 50pence worth of veg and 3 hours later and you have a hearty stock for soup, i.e. lunch for a couple of days that leaves your kidney qi is all a quiver with love for you.
Most acupuncturists are going to tell you that if you are a coffee drinker you should think about cutting it back, if not out altogether if you are trying to conceive. Why? It's so delicious, coffee shops are great places to hang out (free wifi, spendy cakes, hot baristas), it can be good for you, no? Well yes, there can be benefits to drinking coffee, hell I love a good brew, but like everything else it is all about moderation.
Coffee gives you a lift because it buzzes your adrenal system. Now our adrenal system can't differentiate between a cup of coffee and a herd of buffalo bearing down on you, so it goes into the 'fight or flight' state. Your adrenal glands release adrenaline, cortisol and other hormones to keep you active, awake, alert, responsive. Brilliant! I had a bad nights sleep/big night out/a big meeting to prep for, so why not? Well if you keep taking out of your bank of energy, without ultimately giving it time to recharge you are going to burn out, physically and mentally. Common sense, rather than rocket science.
Research is still being conducted, of course, but studies have shown that ultimately that caffeine has a real effect on the reproductive system, affecting sperm motility and quality, delaying pregnancy rates (more than one cup a day halves chances of conceiving per cycle), it can be linked to miscarriage rates, exacerbates endometriosis and excessive consumption is going to weaken the immune system. In 'fight or flight' the body sends energy to the muscles rather the gastrointestinal tract, slowing it down, which can lead to indigestion. Alright, that's not so serious, but think about it if you don't go anywhere without a box of Rennies.
Quite simply, like any stimulant, you can use or abuse so if you are feeling depleted, keep getting colds and bugs, or you are trying to conceive then cut it out altogether if you can. It's not forever! At the very least cut it down to no more than one cup a day and give your system a chance to reboot.
Oh and a note on decaff. This is made by basically washing the coffee beans with formaldehyde to absorb the caffeine. Yum.
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