741. Coffee: More Than Just a Drink


Join Dr. Martin as he talks about his favourite topic… coffee! He shares 10 reasons why you should drink coffee and why it’s more than just a drink.

Coffee has been vilified over the years with people saying it’s not good for you… but did you know that coffee has over a thousand phytochemicals? That’s right, it’s an antioxidant helping you rust proof your insides.

Dr. Martin calls coffee the true vitamin C. People think he’s joking around, but it’s true… coffee is at least 50 times stronger than vitamin C, because of its polyphenols.

If you love coffee like Dr. Martin does, you don’t want to miss this episode!


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Dr. Martin:  Well, good morning everyone and once again, welcome to another Live. Hope you're having a great start to your day. Today is my favorite topic, so get ready. Quote, know what I called this? More than just a drink. Now, I told you yesterday, what we were going to do today, we're going to talk about coffee. I'm going to give you a deep dive on why you should be drinking it. Now, I shouldn't have to convince you to drink coffee. But remember, coffee got vilified a long time ago. I remember it, it's like red meat, like fake news, "Coffee bad for you, it's caffeinated, and the caffeine is bad, and it's acid, and it's no good for you, it's a diuretic" and blah, blah, blah, blah, blah. Well, coffee is more than just a drink folks, and I want to tell you why it's so good for you. And I've got probably over the years, well over a hundred studies, but I just sort of put them in a little bit of an order for you, and I'm going to tell you at least 10 reasons why you should drink coffee.

It's a powerful, powerful drink. How much of it? Most of the research and my experience with it is about four cups of coffee a day. If you go over that, you're not going to get the benefits. "Because it's so good for me, I'm going to drink lots of it." Nah, just about four cups of coffee a day. Folks, there's a reason that I tell you guys when you're doing The Reset or even for a lifestyle... Look, if you like tea and you don't like coffee, I feel sorry for you. Tea's good for you, just doesn't have the benefits that coffee does. And I'm going to tell you why in a minute. But, a lot of people just think I'm kidding about coffee, because I love it so much, but I'm not kidding, I do love it. But when you're on The Reset, and even make it a lifestyle, guys lifestyle changes take three weeks, remember that. 21 days I took enough psychology in university to learn about habits. It takes three weeks to form a habit, 21 days.

Now, you want to cement that habit, cement it into your lifestyle forever. Psychologists tell us, and Dr. McKeowen would probably agree with this, it takes about six weeks to cement it. Okay? So, this is why guys, one of the worst things that North Americans do for their health, is what they drink. When I see young people drinking juice, when I see young people drinking all these flavored coffees, like at Starbucks or whatever, and my grandchildren, many of them worked for Tim Hortons or Starbucks. I'll tell you, good to go work there because you learn to work. I mean, you don't have a moment off. But they said, "Grandpa, you wouldn't want to know what we put in those coffee drinks, all the sugar they are. 

So, North Americans are sick big time, and one of the main reasons is what they drink. They don't drink enough water, one, and two, they drink sugar. Like fruit, God wanted you to eat it, not drink it. Never drink fruit, okay? Never drink fruit, it's meant to be eaten. Drink water and coffee, and if you insist, tea, okay? With no sugar. Now, you can add cream, not milk. Otherwise, you're not going to get the benefits. You don't want to add the sugar. For those of you who insist on stevia and... look, okay, I get it. But again, you can form habits. I remember, I loved coffee even as a kid, I loved the smell of it. My mother used to make percolated coffee, my grandmother made percolated coffee. And my mother wouldn't let me drink it as a kid, like 10 years old or whatever, because I wanted to drink it. I loved the smell. "Must taste good too." But my grandmother, of course, grandmothers never say no, right? My grandmother said, "Oh, you want a cup of coffee? Okay." And the only way I could drink it, was like putting four sugars or more in it. But you know how I drink my coffee now? I just finished a cup, black. And it's just a habit. I formed a new habit years ago. And now, if you come near... patients used to bring me coffee in the office, sort of like a peace offering.

"I hear Dr. Martin you like coffee, here's a coffee." "Hmm, what did you do with it? You put any cream in it? You put any sugar in it?" They usually knew I didn't like sugar. But I didn't even want cream in it, I wanted it black. I wanted it black. But anyway, I appreciated the gesture, but I wouldn't drink it. If they even touched it, like if a spoon came near it with sugar, I wouldn't touch it. So, why should you drink coffee? It's more than a drink guys. It is one of the most powerful antioxidants. You know what antioxidants are? They're rust proofing yourselves. Coffee has over a thousand phytochemicals. What's that mean? When you look at coffee, it is so complex. This is why guys, like I said, you think I'm fooling around a little bit, but it is the true vitamin C. The other one, the ascorbic acid is nothing compared to coffee. Coffee is at least 50 times stronger than vitamin C, because of its polyphenols, okay? Because of its polyphenols. It's so complex, and the more complex a nutrient is, the more your body can assimilate it.

We use the word bio-available. Coffee is extremely bio-available. Your cells are going, "come here, come here. I really like you." Because of the nutrients in it. Like quercetin, people tell me, especially during COVID, "Dr. Martin, do you like quercetin?" "Yeah, I love quercetin." What is quercetin? Well, it's a phytonutrient and you can buy it as a supplement, but why wouldn't you drink it? Because what it does, it drives zinc. How do you get zinc guys? How do you get it? What do you have to eat to get zinc? Asking the question for a friend. I'm waiting. You guys are commenting here. Steak… Lise! Wendy, you got it. We've learned through this whole virus thing that zinc's good for you. Okay? Hello. Of course zinc is good for you, but you don't have to take a supplement of zinc, you eat zinc. And steak has the highest source of zinc. You don't need a supplement of zinc.

And, you know what quercetin does? Quercetin is what you find in fruits and vegetables, okay? And quercetin is found in coffee, uh-huh (affirmative) and it drives zinc inside your cell to help your immune system fight viruses and bacteria. And nevermind, you get vitamin A too when you eat vitamin S, eggs, meat and cheese, you get zinc. Zinc is not found in the plant kingdom. There's not enough zinc in the plant kingdom. Mice won't survive on it. Okay? It's in the animal kingdom, and you guys know all that. Now, let's push on with coffee. Coffee is not acidic, that's fake news. I'll tell you why, again, I'm always just going to remind you of these things. Coffee, when you drink it, your body is very smart. Yes, it's acidic on the outside, so is it tomato. A tomato is not good for you? It's acidic, so what? What's that got to do with anything? Your body knows what to do with a tomato and it knows what to do with coffee.

You know what it does? It buffers it, your body releases sodium bicarbonate, baking soda and coffee becomes alkaline. It's a very alkaline drink. What? Yes. It's an alkaline drink, because your body's like tomatoes. Your body knows what to do with it. It's full of phytonutrients. Now, I pull some studies out that I have, more recent two. Now, this one here is from the University of Southern California Tech School of Medicine. It says, "We cannot say that coffee will prolong your life, but we do see an association." Now, PLOS School of Medicine has said, the Journal of PLOS Medicine has said, and they took the studies and said, "Coffee lowers your risk of a heart attack by 17%." Coffee, aspirin? Hmm? I think I'll take the coffee, there's no side effects to it. Two, 21% decrease... This come out of the New England Journal of Medicine, 21% decrease in your risk of stroke, 16% decrease in prostate cancer. Now, listen to this, this is one of the most whopping ones. "When you drink coffee, you decrease your risk of type two diabetes by 60% percent.” 

Now, you've heard me say this in the past, and I'm going to repeat this for you. Coffee acts like the drug Metformin. That is why the best time to drink coffee is with your meal, it will lower your insulin response, just like Metformin does. Now, Metformin is the number one selling medication for diabetics. People are on Metformin for years, and years, and years. And I'm not telling them not to take their medication, of course I'm not. All I'm saying is, coffee acts like Metformin. New England Journal of medicine, 60%. Now look, I think you know me enough. You cannot out coffee a bad diet. You're never going to hear me say, "Well, eat whatever you feel like and drink coffee." I won't do it, I won't say it, because I don't believe in anything undoing a bad diet. You can't out supplement a bad diet, you can't out exercise a bad diet, I don't believe it. So I'm consistent about that. The foundation for your health is your food.

Scientists... this is a quote. "Scientists don't fully understand the exact reasons for all these positive effects." I mean, they know it's a phytonutrient, they know that it has over a thousand of these phytonutrients in coffee, but they can't necessarily pinpoint why, because it's amazing to them. Now, did I bring this out last week? I don't fully remember if I did or not. Coffee helps your metabolism. One, it acts on lowering your insulin response, one. Two, you know another way it acts on your metabolism? Is in your bowel. New York Times, coffee helps you to poo. I Hate to gross you out, but they were quoting research on what it does to the vagus nerve, it relaxes it, it relaxes it. Do you know that coffee has magnesium in it? It does. It has trace minerals, right in the bean, potassium, yeah. You've heard of the benefits on the heart of chocolate. I'm not talking about milk chocolate, but just cocoa. If you can stand eating 99% pure chocolate, dark chocolate. It's an antioxidant, but so is the coffee bean. So is the coffee bean. It's so good for you. One reason after another.

Here's another thing it does, benefits your metabolism, lowers your insulin response. Here's another study, it decreases your appetite. Do you know that coffee has fiber? It has nutrients that feed... not only decrease your appetite, but listen to this. Do you know that coffee feeds your friendly bacteria? Like a fructo-oligosaccharide, FOS that's often added in probiotics, it's a fertilizer for them. It feeds your good guys. Your bad guys hate it. Your good guys like it, because it don't feed the bears. Are you encouraged yet? No, but guys, isn't it wonderful? Good for your brain. Studies show that coffee because it's such a powerful antioxidant protects your brain tissue, it protects your hippocampus, your memory center in the brain. That's good isn't it? We all want to protect our brains. So, think about it, it protects your heart, it protects your blood vessels, it protects your brain, it is a powerful phytonutrient for your immune system, it feeds your good bacteria. It goes on, and on, and on, and on, it suppresses your appetite. It helps to mitigate your insulin response, acting like the drug Metformin.

I always said, there's a method to my madness. You know what I'm like, and I'm doubling down. I'm doubling down. Life is short and if you like coffee, now I'm encouraging you. And like I said, don't ever make it a sugary drink, you don't need that. Change your habits. You can do it. Okay, so, there you go guys. I'm going to give you this quote again. "We cannot say that coffee will prolong your life, but we do see an association, drink up." From the University of Southern California. I think I hit everyone that I wanted to talk about. Oh, here's another one, another little point, and let me finish with this, coffee detoxes your liver. Now listen, you know what I say about the liver all the time, the best way to detox your liver is to stop eating sugar because sugar turns your liver into a fatty liver, carbs turn your liver into a fatty liver. So, don't eat bad and then drink coffee just for that. Clean up your diet, you'll clean up your liver, but coffee helps detox the liver. Wow! Again, because of its broad spectrum phytonutrients, over a thousand of them. Okay? Over a thousand of them. Now, tomorrow, afternoon session. Friday is what? Question and Answer Friday. We love you guys, and we want to answer all your questions, so don't be shot. So, we love you guys, talk to you soon.

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