My health is important to me, but so is my coffee. If you’re like me, then you’re going to love this article. In any discussion regarding the health factors of coffee or caffeine intolerance, we should be asking, “Is decaf coffee a diuretic”? Sure we enjoy our fully caffeinated morning cup-of-joe, but after the first one or two cups, perhaps we should consider limiting our caffeine intake with a cup of decaf coffee.
You know, not all decaf coffee tastes like a chemical dump. In fact, Lake City Coffee’s Delectable Decaf receives higher reviews than all our other roasts combined. Let’s continue to dive into the details of this rare delicacy.
Coffee The Miracle Drink
In today’s crazy world we spend way too much time and energy worrying about stuff.
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Today, we’re going to answer many questions about the effects of caffeine; how much caffeine intake is too much; and of course the benefits of decaffeinated coffee for those that are sensitive to caffeine.
Considering a majority of the health issues surrounding the subject of coffee, few consumables have been studied more thoroughly and extensively as coffee. Why? Because coffee is the number two traded commodity in the world, right behind oil. Obviously, that means as a species, we drink a lot of coffee.
Most studies over the past 30 years have consistently shown that the health benefits of coffee, either caffeinated or decaffeinated, dramatically outweigh any health disadvantages. Why is that, you may ask? It’s because coffee beans and thus brewed coffee contain high concentrations of:
- Riboflavin (B-2)
- Niacin (B-3)
What Does Diuretic Mean?
No one argues that above benefits. But there is one misconception and concern that coffee reduces your body’s water. A vast majority of studies have consistently shown that coffee drinkers who drink within moderation are better hydrated than non-coffee drinkers. Thus, within moderation, coffee actually hydrates your body.
Diuretic simply means that your kidneys are producing more urine than they should. For example when drinking 8 ounces of water, your kidneys will produce roughly 8 ounces of urine. The same is true of moderate coffee drinkers. Consume 8 ounces of coffee and your kidneys will produce roughly 8 ounces of urine; pretty much the same as water. Therefore, within moderation, coffee is not dehydrating your body.
Examples of Diuretic Foods and Drinks
Diuretic foods and drinks encourage the kidneys to produce more urine than it should for the amount of hydration being taken in. Examples of diuretic foods and drinks include:
So is caffeine a diuretic? Notice the list above. Caffeine isn’t even in the top five! Yet, caffeine can be a diuretic, if you drink too much.
Is Regular Coffee A Diuretic?
Talking about moderation, let’s talk about how much coffee is good for you and thus adding fluids to your system and how much coffee is too much, thus depleting your body of water.
Studies have consistently shown that coffee drinkers that keep their intake of caffeine under 300 milligrams (mg) a day, then the caffeine is not a diuretic. Keep in mind that the average cup of coffee contains between 70-140 mg of caffeine.
So, how much coffee per day is still healthy? Well if you’re drinking dark roast, then an 8-ounce cup of coffee would contain about 70 mg. On the other hand if you’re drinking medium roast, then you’re looking at more like 100 mg. If you’re drinking white roast, then you’re looking at close to 150 mg of caffeine. Since I love smooth coffee, I make sure that Lake City Coffee is never burnt. Therefore, my coffee tends to be a little bit more caffeinated than most.
Hydrate With Coffee
Hopefully, you just noticed that the darker the roast, the less the caffeine. I’ll also add that the darker the roast the less riboflavin (B-2), niacin (B-3), magnesium, potassium, bioflavonoids, antioxidants, caffeine, and flavor.
Basically what I’m saying is that you can drink about 4 (8-ounce) cups of regular coffee and actually be improving your hydration. More than that and coffee now becomes a diuretic.
Is Decaf Coffee A Diuretic?
Does decaf have caffeine? Yep! But just a tad-bit. What does decaf mean? Decaf just means that we’ve taken out most of the caffeine. Decaf coffee contains less than 10 mg of caffeine per cup. That’s less than 1/8 as much as regular coffee. Therefore, you’d have to drink way more than 20 cups a day for your decaf coffee to be reducing the amount of water in your body. In essence, decaf coffee adds water to your body.
If you’re hell bent on drinking decaf coffee, then I highly recommend my Lake City Coffee Delectable Decaf coffee. Why? That’s because most decaf coffee is decaffeinated by using chemical solvents similar to formaldehyde. That’s why it tastes so bad.
The Best and Healthiest Decaf
On the other hand, our coffee is decaffeinated with the natural Swiss Water Processed. Additionally, most decaf coffee is way over roasted. I roast our decaf to make it almost indistinguishable from our regular Majestic Medium roasted coffee. This decaf coffee is to die for. In fact, we receive more decaf reviews on our decaf than all our other coffee’s put together.
This brings us to the point of discussing the second reason, mentioned above, of why coffee is healthy for you.
Heaven In A Cup
The single most important reason that coffee is so healthy for you can be summed up into one word, “Relaxation”.
Here’s something that most people have never heard before. Coffee was never intended as a stimulant to get you going in the morning. Oh, it’ll do that all right, but caffeine junkies generally will drink anything. They’re generally not really enjoying their coffee. That’s why they often drink so much of it.
Coffee was meant to be a comfort food, giving you that “ahhh…. moment”, which by the way reduces blood pressure. One sip of that perfect cup of coffee gives you that relaxed feeling of contentment. It’s that one moment of the day that’s your time-out, your moment to indulge; your moment to let the worries of the world fade away, to just you and that wonderful cup of coffee.
I personally love, and crave great coffee. By great coffee, I mean coffee that’s smooth as silk (zero bitter flavor), where I can taste all the subtle flavors that God put into that beautiful bean. How do you find great coffee?
Know this, the best coffee in town is not at a restaurant or coffee shop. The best coffee in town is in your own kitchen. And here’s what you need to make the perfect cup of coffee.
- Single source beans (same plantation) from the Tarrazu region of Costa Rica, who are widely known for their super smooth coffee.
- Fresh roasted with the roast date on the bag that’s less than a week old. All coffee starts going stale and bitter immediately. In less than 30 days, you can tell a big difference between the super smooth flavors of this week’s coffee compared to last month’s coffee. Unfortunately, a vast majority of coffee in the U.S. has been sitting in warehouses and on store shelves for months if not years. We roast and ship priority mail every Tuesday, guaranteeing delivery anywhere in the country in 1-3 days.
- Use a burr grinder to grind your beans right before brewing. (Click Here)
- Brewing techniques that are best for super smooth coffee include: Cold Brew, AeroPress, and French Press. All three methods cost less than $30. With all other brewing techniques, you might as well give up on smooth coffee. IMHO.
Here’s the bottom line; regular coffee, if not over done, actually hydrates your body. If you’re looking for healthy coffee, then drink exceptional coffee, not the burn and bitter industrial coffee that you’ll find nearly everywhere else.
At Lake City Coffee, my coffee is the smoothest and the most flavorful that you’re likely to find anywhere. It also is the freshest that you’re likely to find anywhere. No brag. Just fact. If you doubt that statement, then just check out our reviews here.
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