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Melissa is a former beauty queen, personal trainer and certified holistic health coach. Melissa founded Queen Bee Wellness to specialize her coaching practice towards Women's Wellness and Beauty. She helps women focus on finding their own natural beauty from a integrative approach of balancing Mind, Body and Soul. Melissa believes that what we put in our mind is just as important as the nourishing food we put in our bodies and products on our skin. She strives to coach women to balance a healthier body image, approach to wellness and authentic living. With her passion for a clean lifestyle, Queen Bee Wellness therapeutic skin care products were born- to help women enhance their natural glow, without causing harm to their health from chemical laden toxic products. Melissa's philosophy to real beauty is summarized in "Wellness is Beauty". Melissa resides on a 10 acre farm in Montgomery, Texas with her husband and teen aged children. In her spare time she is chief goat wrangler and milker of her "Queen Bee" herd of dairy goats at Three Goats Farm.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Got Fatigue.....?

At the beginning of the September challenge, I had a fellow Primitive Diva submit a request to address the whole "getting free of caffeine and sugar" issue. Well, honestly sugar is not a problem for me be cause it has been out of my world for so long.So, I posted a blog a few days ago on the top 50 effects that sugar has on the body. If that does not sway your love of the sweet poison- then nothing will! But, ummmm...I have to give up my cup of Organic Sumatran every morning? Ouch.... I mean, there have been several times in my life when I have gotten off coffee/caffeine for months at a time and really did not miss the coffee just the ritual of what coffee offers. Like a Folgers commercial..."The best part of waking up is your cup" and the lady in the commercial is breathing in her coffee and watching the sunrise. So maybe its just become symbolic of my "waking up". So, I have still been enjoying my morning cup of joe just convincing myself that its primitive and our ancestors have been drinking it for years, right? And I only drink ONE cup (It used to be two cups and a Starbucks Venti in the afternoon a few years ago). But as I pondered how to help this friend, I began to realize that an ongoing recovery of adrenal fatigue from a stress filled time in my life, combined with a bit of type A personality may be greatly benefitted in my giving up my love affair with coffee and actually nourishing my body with what it needs to really WAKE up.So with great inspiration, I have been enjoying a warm version of my sunrise elixir and a delicious cup of therapeutic cinnamon coconut oil cocoa. I will share a few of the recipes below. But first lets discuss what caffeine does to your body--more specifically how it effects your adrenal glands and your metabolism.

Health Issues associated with Coffee and Caffeine

There are four main health issues caused by coffee and the over-consumption of caffeine:

1) Exhausted Adrenal Glands: Caffeine is a central nervous system stimulant. It causes the adrenal glands secrete adrenaline, the hormone your body depends on in emergencies to elevate your heart rate, increase your respiration and blood pressure for a rapid flight-or-fight response. When you overuse stimulants, the adrenals become exhausted. If your caffeine sensitivity has diminished or you're one of those who claims you can drink 3 shots of espresso and go right to sleep, guess what? Your adrenals have given up responding. This means you have less resistance to stress, which leaves you vulnerable to health hazards such as environmental pollutants and disease pathogens.

As we age, the adrenals become more and more important to us as the production center of the essential youth and sex hormones including DHEA, pregnenolone, progesterone, testosterone and estrogen. Many people in their forties find they can no longer tolerate the same level of caffeine consumption as they could in their twenties and thirties. The multiple effects of aging become apparent in the forties and the body frequently shows an increased variety of reactions to the toxicity of coffee and caffeine.

The adrenals can be considered the storage center for the vital force, your inherited reservoir of energy. They need nourishing to keep them in optimal health. Think of your adrenals as a bank account. If you continue to make withdrawals without any deposits, you will hit bottom with a looming overdraft in the form of depleted energy and health.

2) Severe Blood Sugar Swings: Caffeine forces the liver to release glycogen into the blood stream. The pancreas responds to the sudden rise in blood sugar by releasing insulin, the hormone which causes excess carbohydrates to be stored as fat. Within the span of an hour or two, the result is a sharp blood sugar drop resulting in a state of hypoglycemia (low blood sugar). That's when you think it's time for another cup of coffee and the whole cycle starts up again.

Achieving a hormonal balance and blood sugar stability allows you to maintain your natural weight and optimal energy level.The breakdown of caffeine causes the pancreas to release too much insulin, thus creating a climate in which excess carbohydrates are stored as fat and are unavailable for use as energy by your brain. Although caffeine is a metabolic stimulant, the ultimate effect is to increase your appetite and contribute to weight gain and thus caffeine should be avoided by anyone working to reduce body fat.

3) Acid Imbalance: Over 208 acids in coffee can contribute to indigestion and a wide variety of health problems resulting from over-acidity associated with arthritic, rheumatic and skin irritations. Many people experience a burning sensation in their stomach after drinking coffee because coffee increases the secretion of acid in the stomach. Optimal health calls for an alkaline pH balance in the body.

4) Essential Mineral Depletion: Coffee inhibits the absorption of some nutrients and causes the urinary excretion of calcium, magnesium, potassium, iron and trace minerals, all essential elements necessary for good health. Women need to be concerned about osteoporosis as menopause sets in. Studies show that women who drink coffee have an increased incidence of osteoporosis compared to non-coffee drinkers. Men are not immune to osteoporosis either.

­There are a number of health conditions for which doctors advise their patients to eliminate coffee and all caffeine from their diet.

· Acid indigestion

· Anxiety, irritability and nervousness

· Candida or yeast problems

· Colitis, diverticulitis, diarrhea and other irritable bowel symptoms

· Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and other auto-immune disorders

· Diabetes or hypoglycemia (low blood sugar)

· Dizziness, Meniere's syndrome or tinnitus (ringing in the ears)

· Heart disease or heart palpitations

· High blood pressure

· High cholesterol

· Insomnia and interrputed or poor quality sleep

· Liver disease and gallbladder problems such as gallstones

· Kidney or bladder problems including kidney stones

· Migraines or other vascular headaches

· Osteoporosis

· Skin irritations, rashes and dryness

· Ulcers, heartburn, and stomach problems such as hiatal hernias

· Urinary tract irritation

Female Health Issues: Women in particular need to be concerned about their caffeine intake during pregnancy because caffeine crosses the placental barrier to the fetus and studies show higher incidence of miscarriage, infertility and low birth weight in those women who drink too much caffeine. PMS symptoms and fibrocystic breast disease are both aggravated by caffeine. Hot flashes and other symptoms caused by hormonal fluctuations during menopause also are aggravated by caffeine. Coffee causes the body to excrete calcium and other minerals. Women at risk for osteoporosis need to eliminate their intake of caffeine and coffee.

Male Health Issues: Coffee is an irritant to the urinary tract and bladder. It is also a diuretic that aggravates conditions associated with frequent urination. Eliminating coffee and caffeine often relieves symptoms associated with frequent urination due to enlarged prostate glands

Obviously there are many herbal teas that are caffeine free....But, personally- I need something more substantial in the morning. I will save my teas for afternoon relaxation. I still indulge in my love of Yerba Mate- but thats reserved for days when I need an extra boost of mental alertness and its far less damaging to my body than coffee. Here are a few of my favorite morning drinks~ ENJOY!

Sunrise Elixir:
6-8 ounces of warm/hot filtered water
1 teaspoon of *Sunrise Elixir Spices
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar (Braggs)
optional: stevia to sweeten
(* In a small jar,mix together equal amounts of cinnamon,tumeric,ginger and cayenne-use 1 teaspoon of blend for every 6-8 ounce elixir-may be drank cold)

Cinnamon Coconut Cocoa:
6-8 ounces warm/hot coconut milk
1 tablespoon of Nutiva coconut oil (or your preference)
1 teaspoon organic cacao/cocoa or carob powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon
Optional: stevia to sweeten
(I like to add a bit of cayenne/chili powder for a morning kick. You may also omit the chocolate and add chai spices, this works well with pure filtered water in subsitute of coconut milk)

So, sit back drink up the nourishment and heal your body....!


  1. Yes, the morning's sacred. And yet after being off of it for a while then going back to it, I a lot of those symptoms. Increased appetite, sugar cravings escalated, weight gain (fat). Oh and the lovely energy crash after the high....and even with all of that, it's so tempting. I will be trying the cocoa and adding the spice!!! Thank you!

  2. Ahhh! I need to do this! What do you think about going to decaf?