Friday, February 20, 2015


The new recommendations of the Advisory Committee were announced yesterday which, amongst others, recommend reducing intake of salt, sugar and fat, but do not find harm in caffeine intake.
USDA says the average American consumes 300 milligrams of caffeine each day – equivalent to nearly 4 cups of coffee. Most of us, therefore, consume caffeine in some form, but the way different bodies process this chemical varies based on several key factors, some of which need to be looked into.
From the point of skin’s health, Herbally Radiant has been stressing that drinking coffee should be very moderate. Coffee contains many chemicals, including tannin. This chemical is known to block pores of cells, and has hydration removal properties that can cause skin to become rough and brittle over time.
Long term coffee use was also noticed to affect liver’s functioning. With advancing age, if liver cannot purify blood efficiently, it tends to taint the cells, including skin cells, resulting in development of liver spots.
Tannin, when taken in high amounts with coffee, also acts as a diuretic, which further dehydrates body.
To those customers facing acne-related skin problems, (and to whom we prescribe CLEAN products),  we have been cautioning that caffeine in coffee acts as strong stimulant and mood enhancing agent. Thus in the case of sensitive skin, coffee can potentially trigger acne in several ways, including mainly by magnifying body’s stress response, resulting in enhancing body’s hormonal stress response.  Coffee in excess can also interfere with the absorption of minerals from food.
Therefore we have to keep in mind the factors emerging out of high intake of caffeine through daily coffee, especially when we are trying to improve our skin and appearance.

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