The Prohibition Of Coffee

We can all get (more than) a little ‘testy’ when we don’t get our coffee. Coffee culture is so much a part of day-to-day consumption in America that we literally drink more than 330 million cups of coffee a day, according to CBS news. Now, take that number and imagine if coffee was suddenly deemed illegal. Chances are underground communities of; farmers, exporters, roasters and cafe’s would pop up as frequently as “speakeasies” did in the days of prohibition. There would likely be a revolt. It could be mayhem.

In truth, coffee has actually been declared illegal multiple times throughout the centuries. Here are three examples of attempted coffee prohibition throughout history.


The relationship between Islam and coffee has not always been smooth. During the 16th century, Khair-Beg, the young governor of Mecca, came to learn that satirical verses written about him were coming out of coffee houses. The governor decided that coffee must be banned by the Koran. Khair-Beg convinced his advisors to agree to the outlaw and so, in 1511 coffee houses in Mecca were shut down. At the time, many worshippers were drinking coffee during mosque in preparation for late night prayer vigils. The pro-coffee and anti-coffee Muslim query soon caused a heated debate. Some Muslims believed that the heightened sense of awareness brought them closer to God. The restriction of coffee was lifted when the sultan of Cairo, Khair-Begs superior demanded that the widely enjoyed drink could not be banned without his permission. Khair-Beg was then charged with embezzlement and put to death.

King Charles the II

As coffee houses became prevalent throughout the seventeenth century in London, King Charles the II became paranoid. Because coffee houses were an ideal place to exchange political ideas, he feared they could be the birthplace of political dissent and thoughts of revolution. The king certainly could not admit to his own political insecurities, and so claimed they disrupted peace, promoted laziness and bred deceitful rumors.

Below is a copy of the king’s proclamation banning coffee houses and private coffee consumption.

By the King

A PROCLAMATION FOR THE Suppression of Coffee-Houses.


Whereas it is most apparent, that the Multitude of Coffee-Houses of late years set up and kept within the Kingdom, the Dominion of Wales, and the Town ofBerwick on Tweed, and the great resort of Idle and disaffected persons to them, have produced very evil and dangerous effects; as well for that many Tradesmen and others, do therein mis-spend much of their time, which might and probably would otherwise by imployed in and about their Lawful Callings and Affairs; but also, for that in such houses, and by occasion of the meetings of such persons therein, diverse False, Malitious and Scandalous Reports are devised and spread abroad, to the Defamation of His Majesties Government, and to the Disturbance of the Peace and Quiet of the Realm; his Majesty hath thought it fit and necessary, That the said Coffee-houses be (for the future) put down and supressed, and doth (with the Advice of his Privy council) by this Royal Proclamation, Strictly Charge and Command all manner of persons, That they or any of them do not presume from and after the Tenth Day of January next ensuing, to keep any Publick Coffee-house, or to Utter or sell by retail, in his, her, or their house or houses (to be spent or consumed within the same) any Coffee, Chocolet, Sherbett or Tea, as they will answer the contrary at their utmost perils.

And for the better accomplishment of this his Majesties Royal Pleasure, his Majesty both hereby will and require the Justices of the Peace within their several Counties, and the Chief Magistrates in all Cities and Towns Corporate, that they do at their next respective General Sessions of the peace (to be holden within their several and respective Counties, Divisions and Precincts) recall and make void all Licences at any time heretofore Granted, for the selling or retailing of any Coffee, Chocolet, Sherbett or Tea. And that they or any of them do not (for the future) make or grant any such Licence or Licences to any persons whatsoever. And his Majesty doth further hereby declare, that if any person or persons shall take upon them, him or her, after his, her or their Licence or Licences recalled, or otherwise without Licence, to sell by retail (as aforesaid) any of the Liquors aforesaid, that then the person or persons so Offending, shall not only be proceeded against , upon the Statute made in the fifteenth year of his Majesties Reign (which gives the forfeiture of five pounds for every moneth wherein he, she or they shall offend therein) but shall (in case they persevere to Offend) receive the severest punishments that may by Law be inflicted.

Given at our Court at Whitehall, the Nine and twentieth day of December 1675, in the Seven and twentieth year of Our Reign.

God save the King

This proclamation, banning coffee houses was to take effect on the date of January 10th, 1675. However, pressure from his own coffee loving cabinet ministers caused him to rescind the proclamation on the 8th of January.

Frederick the Great

Frederick the Great was King of Prussia from 1740-1786. It is said that he banned coffee in 1777 due to concerns with money leaving the country due to mass addiction to the beverage. Rumors allege however, that while he banned his people from drinking coffee, he himself continued to enjoy the drink, often brewing it with Champagne instead of water.

The King of Prussia can be quoted in an issued manifesto as saying: “It is disgusting to notice the increase in the quantity of coffee used by my subjects and the like amount of money that goes out of the country in consequence. My people must drink beer. His Majesty was brought up on beer, and so were his ancestors.”

His subjects enjoyed their coffee to such an extent however, that eventually coffee won the battle against all attempts to remove it from the German kingdom.

These are just three of many examples throughout history, where people in positions of power have tried to control coffee consumption. There are also numerous other examples of coffee prohibition for religious reasons still continuing today.

This does raise the question then, what would you do, if someone took your coffee away?


Uncommon Grounds – The History of Coffee and How it Transformed Our World – Mark Pendergrast

History of Coffee – Part 1 Africa & Arabia

History of Coffee

Caffeine Nation – Rome Neal

Coffee – Cultivation, Processing and Prices

The King Bans Coffee

The Rise of the Coffeehouse Reconsidered – Bryan Cowan

London Coffee Houses and Mathematics

5 Crazy Attempts to Ban Coffee

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What, Where and How – All About Krill Oil

What IS Krill Oil?

Everyone is talking about it. Even Dr. Oz called Krill Oil “the new omega-3 power source”, which, is a powerful statement considering the food sources and (literally) thousands of supplements that provide omega-3’s to the human body. So what’s so special about krill oil? A LOT actually, but we’ll get into that in a moment. First, let’s get some basic questions out of the way.

Where Does Krill Oil Come From?

At the very, very bottom of the oceanic food chain, are tiny, shrimp like crustaceans of which there are approximately 500,000,000 tons in the Antarctic Ocean alone. Considering krill reside in every ocean worldwide, one can only imagine the abundance of krill in the marine community.

Because of their powerful omega-3 concentration, and antioxidant power, krill have started to receive international attention amongst the medical, naturopathic, dietary and homeopathic communities. Krill oil is fast being recognized as one of the most important omega-3 sources available on the market today.

Are Krill Sustainable?

Considering the increasing concern with the harvesting of fish for human consumption, and the huge quantities of krill available, already we can begin to see that it is also a powerful choice when we think in terms of sustainability. Within Antarctica, krill harvesting is also highly regulated by the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources. Because of this, less than one percent of the krill population is harvested on an annual basis, making krill one of the most sustainable choices available when it comes to omega-3 supplementation.

What Do Krill Eat?

Krill feed off of phytoplankton and zooplankton, which are incredibly rich in nutrients. In fact, marine based foods often far out do land based food sources in powerful micro-nutrients. Because they live on a sustainable, nutrient rich diet, krill are not only a powerhouse source when it comes to omega-3’s, they are also one of the most incredible sources of antioxidants out there.

How is Krill Oil Made?

Manufacturers worldwide use many different means when it comes to extracting oil from a food source. Viva Labs extracts its krill oil at a GMP (Good Manufacturing Practices) certified laboratory. We use a patented cold-vacuum extraction process that allows optimal purity and concentration, while preventing any potentially harmful levels of heavy metals or other contaminants. In layman’s terms, out cold-vacuum extraction method allows us to obtain oil from krill in an atmosphere with no oxygen or light at temperatures as low as 70ºF. This protects the oil from any outside contaminants. Very superior olive oils are often also produced using a similar process.

So back to the question:

What’s so special about krill oil?


Essentially, krill oil provides all of the health benefits associated with giving your body optimal omega-3 levels – while being a sustainable choice – and a superior omega-3 source because of its added antioxidant benefits!

Some of the incredible health benefits associated with choosing to add krill oil to your daily nutritional health care plan include; promoting your cardiovascular health and balanced cholesterol levels, boosting your cognitive function and memory capabilities, a reduction in joint inflammation, a proactive lift to your overall mood and feelings of personal well-being, and relief (for those of us that need it) from some of the symptoms associated with premenstrual system.

I this blog answered some of the questions you may have had concerning krill, and the benefits associated with choosing a krill oil. There are literally thousands of supplements on the market today – and it’s important to understand what you’re taking – and why.

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Women’s Health and the Incredible Benefits of Krill Oil For Women

It is no secret (or at least it shouldn’t be..yikes!) that as women, we have a myriad of health concerns that simply don’t apply to the opposite gender. With advancements in; naturopathic, scientific, technological and medical research, women’s health has come a long way when it comes to; awareness, diagnoses, treatment and support. We’re farther along than we’ve ever been when it comes to reaching optimal health.

One result of all of our research however, is that more often than not, we find ourselves reaching for a pharmaceutical solution to a female issue – when there are nutrients, vitamins and minerals in our gardens, local farmers markets and marine communities – that can be just as effective as an over-the-counter solution brewed up in a laboratory.

As women, we are champions when it comes to managing multiple tasks, and playing numerous roles on a day to day basis. Between being mothers, sisters, wives, employees/employers, aunts and house hold managers, we often neglect our personal health and well-being. This leaves us wide open to illness, disease holistically.

I want to talk for a little bit about four major events that millions of women throughout the world pass through, and the benefits of turning first to krill oil supplements, before reaching for a big pharma product. A superior omega-3 supplement such as krill oil will make a vast difference in women’s health as it strengthens basic body function, boosts cognitive health and works to prevent age-related disease.

Premenstrual Syndrome

It doesn’t matter how long you’ve been experiencing premenstrual syndrome. It’s never fun. With the bloating, the mood swings, the cramping, the back pain and the cravings – it’s a monthly full blown argument with your body. And it’s an argument we seem to never win.

The essential fatty acids in krill oil will work to provide relief from uterine cramping and pain before the start of menstruation. Omega-3’s will also work to boost your sense of personal well-being and help you get through the PMS blues. A quality omega-3 supplement like krill oil will also work to reduce inflammation, and, as a result, provide relief from bloating and back pains.


Scientific research is constantly expanding our knowledge of nutritional needs in pregnancy. The importance of omega-3’s fatty acids to both the development of a healthy child, and the personal health of the mother, has long been touted by the medical community.

Because EPA and DHA work to support cardiovascular health (specifically, in their ability to help stabilize blood pressure), boost the immune system and reduce inflammation while also supporting the eyes, brain and central nervous system, it is no surprise omega-3 essential fatty acids are considered essential in ensuring a healthy pregnancy. Omega-3’s also help in the food exchange between mother and child by encouraging normal blood flow to the uterus.

Research has also shown that women who have healthy amounts of omega-3 fatty acids, will often tend to carry their children for a longer period of time – which in turn helps to lower the rate of premature births. Because premature birth can cause physical and neurological problems, it’s easy to deduce why it is healthy to both mother and child, to carry a baby as close to term as possible.

Because of the mercury, PCB’s and other contaminants frequently found in fish, doctors often recommend a significantly reduced – if not completely eliminated intake of seafood. Theoretically, this would include most marine based omega-3 supplements. Viva Labs’s Krill Oil however, is virtually free of PCB’s, mercury, and other contaminants – making it a viable omega-3 supplement for women throughout their pregnancy.

Naturally, it is always advised to speak with your family doctor about any supplements you are including in your health care plan, especially during pregnancy.

Postpartum Depression

Research has proven that women are at the highest risk of anxiety and depression disorders during our childbearing years – and that having children will often trigger depressive phases in specifically vulnerable women. Health and developmental problems could arise in children whose mothers are experiencing prolonged states of depression. Omega-3’s are powerhouses when it comes to boosting self-esteem and personal well-being. However, omega-3 levels are often depleted after child birth as the essential fatty acids are passed from mother to child through feeding. Because of this, it is important to make sure your omega-3 intake is increased as you pass nutrients between your body, and your child’s.


Menopause is the point in a woman’s life when she stops menstruating and can no longer become pregnant. While the physical and emotional symptoms can be incredibly challenging, it is still a natural event. The hormonal changes that occur in your body are what cause these physical and emotional symptoms. As ovaries stop producing estrogen and progesterone, the effects will increase.

Signs and symptoms associated with menopause include; irregular periods, hot flashes, night sweats, vaginal dryness, weight gain and (quite predominantly) mood swings – attached to potential depression and/or anxiety. As mentioned throughout this article omega-3’s are a powerful way to combat feelings of depression and anxiety. Depression and anxiety disorders often accompany menopause because of hormonal imbalances due to decreased levels of estrogen. The American Journal of Nutrition suggested that daily intake of an omega-3 supplement, will help premenopausal women with depression and anxiety.

You will note that the above four points specifically related to women’s health, all have a through line of concern regarding feelings of personal well-being. As women, it is important to stay on top of our mental health through all of life’s challenges. Krill oil is a superior omega-3 supplement that stands above the rest in purity, concentration, and quality. Because omega-3’s are so vital to promoting mental health – I highly recommend choosing an omega-3 supplement that stands as a leader in industry standards.

This is after all, your health we’re talking about.


11 Proven Benefits of Omega-3’s for Women

PMS Warrior

Omega-3’s + Reduce Symptoms

Foods That Decrease Your PMS Symptoms

Women’s Health Matters

Omega-3 Fish Oil and Pregnancy

Pregnant? Omega3 Essential for Baby’s Brain

Omega-3 Fatty Acids and Fetal-Pregnancy Health

Omega-3 Fatty Acids for the Prevention of Postpartum Depression

Postpartum Depression

Omega-3 Linked to Postpartum Depression

Omega 3 Fatty Acids Ease Depressive Symptoms Related To Menopause

Omega 3 Fatty Acids for Major Depressive Disorder Associated With Menopausal Transition

Omega 3 Fatty Acids – Essential to Health and Happiness


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Coffee, The Art Of Moderation, And Other Ways To Cope

Listen, I’m not going to come down on you. Millions of people have been drinking coffee for hundreds of years. Nothing makes my morning better than a fresh cup wafting through my kitchen while I get my a.m fill of the news!

Coffee is not necessarily the health albatross so many news reports have made it out to be. In fact, coffee, in moderation, is considered safe. After reviewing numerous studies on the effects of caffeine on human health, researchers at Health Canada reached the conclusion that for the average adult, a moderate intake of caffeine is not associated with any adverse effects.

It’s the ‘moderation’ that can be the tricky stitch in North American culture. Many of us don’t have a cup or two of java a day do we? In a society where you can order a light roast with a double shot of espresso poured inside, we too often teeter on the edge when it comes to inviting the potentially dangerous effects associated with coffee.

Here’s the bad news – excessive caffeine intake has been connected with; such as osteoporosis, elevated cholesterol, high blood pressure, heart disease, infertility, fibrocystic breast disease (FBD), breast cancer and even miscarriage. I’m not saying this to frighten you into giving up your favorite ‘pick me up’. I just want to advise you not to depend on it so much, that it becomes a means of survival just to get through a day.

When you’ve had your cup of java, and you’re still finding that your lids droop at the drop of a hat, here are a few other tips to keep you on the level!

Eat 4-5 Small Meals A Day

Blood glucose is by far one of the most important factors when it comes to your energy levels. If you only eat lunch and dinner, your body is going to have huge spikes followed by large crashes in energy. Digestion requires a lot of energy. If you’ve ever felt sleepy after a big lunch, you know exactly what I’m talking about. Splitting up meals smooths out your blood glucose levels and eases the drain from digestion.

Hate To State The Obvious But – Sleep

This should be pretty obvious. Most of the restorative work in your body happens when you sleep. This includes repairing damaged tissue and replenishing energy stores.
So, it stands to reason that, if you are chronically sleep-deprived, you end up less-restored, less-replenished and less energized. This is a massively oversimplified description of the physiological processes, but in a society of workaholics, it’s no huge surprised that we need to be reminded to get a little shut eye.


In essence the fatty acids in omega-3’s are very similar to the fat found in the human body. It is actually in a phospholipid form which can be used immediately by the cells. The two very critical types of Omega 3 fatty acids, DHA and EPA are essential to healthy brain function. Omega-3’s provide a simple way to boost DHA ad EPA levels in the brain that result in increased energy, attention and focus.

While fish are an incredible source of omega-3’s, unfortunately the pollutants and contaminants now invading our water systems, are preventing them from being the safest way to supplement omega-3 intake. Omega-3 supplements can be found everywhere. Just be sure to do your research, and seek out the crème of the crop to ensure you are getting optimal benefits. I personally recommend a krill oil supplement. There are many reasons behind my choosing krill oil as my principle omega-3 supplement, the sustainability of krill being of the reasons I hold closest to my heart because of my own environmental principles.
Vitamin B

Vitamin B deficiency has been linked to low energy levels, among other things. In fact, mood changes, poor concentration, and depression can all be signs of a vitamin B deficiency. So if you’re feeling tired regularly, try popping a B-complex vitamin. Another option is to take a multivitamin, which will help ensure that you’re not deficient in other minerals or nutrients.


Seriously. Drink 8, 8 ounce glasses of water daily. Our bodies are mostly composed of water and need an appropriate amount to properly function. Even the smallest amount of dehydration can make you feel tired, moody, clumsy and even anxious.

Tough Out A Cold Shower

Hot showers are amazing for winding down. But if your goal is to do the opposite, consider changing the temperature. Cold water stimulates your system and promotes circulation, causing your heart to get to work and boost you up. Don’t want to give up the soothing heat completely? Try taking a regular shower, then cooling it down for the last few minutes. It’ll still do wonders for your mental awareness. If you just can’t get into a cold shower, try splashing cold water on your face for aquick refresher midday.
I don’t expect this article to change your life – or push you into a health spin where you can’t even imagine coffee being an important part of your day. It’s just a little food for thought. When you’re in line for your third espresso of the day – and it’s only noon…just know there are other effective options out there, that won’t leave you jittering your way through to next Tuesday!

On that note, I’m prepping my French press for the morning’s dose!

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The Many Benefits Surrounding Omega 3’s

Omega 3 fatty acids are considered to be essential fatty acids. What’s so interesting about these essential fatty acids however is that while they are absolutely critical to human health, the human body cannot create omega 3s on its own.

Because our bodies are unable to develop omega 3’s, it is important to access our recommended daily intake through other sources. Fish, such as salmon, tuna, halibut are all omega 3 sources. Other seafood sources that are high in omega 3’s, and happen to be more sustainable than fish options, are algae, and krill (small crustaceans found predominantly in the southern ocean). Some plants and nut oils are also sources of omega 3’s, however consuming enough of these plant and nut sources to make an effective difference on personal health would be a near impossible feat on a daily basis.

The health benefits attached to omega 3’s, are undeniable.

Addressing Heart Disease

Clinical evidence regarding the importance of omega 3’s is most strongly prevented in addressing heart disease and other problems that relate to heart disease. In fact, the American Heart Association has strongly pushed the necessity of omega 3 fatty acids in support of cardiovascular health. Clinical evidence suggests that omega 3’s help reduce risk factors associated with heart disease such as high cholesterol and hypertension (also known as high blood pressure). Omega 3 fatty acids have also been shown to slow the development of blood clots and plaque that clogs arteries. People taking sufficient doses of omega 3’s on a regular basis also have less risk of stroke and heart attacks.

Joint Inflammation

Research has shown omega 3 fatty acids to reduce inflammation. Reduced inflammation can lower the risk diseases associated with chronic pain such as arthritis. People suffering from both; Rheumatoid Arthritis and Osteoarthritis have reported significantly reduced joint pain and joint stiffness. Some have even claimed that regular use of omega 3’s allowed them to reduce their intake of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.

Premenstrual Symptom

Omega 3’s have been known to reduce pain from symptoms associated with premenstrual syndrome while also working to balance mood swings, boost cognitive function, and improve feelings of personal well-being – acting as a completely holistic form of relief.


Numerous sources have found omega 3 fatty acids can help symptoms associated to depression. There is evidence to prove that people who took omega 3 fatty acids in conjunction with prescription medications have noted a significant improvement in symptoms as opposed to relying solely on prescription antidepressants. Some women have also claimed that omega 3’s played a large role in conquering postpartum depression.


Those suffering from diabetes, often have high triglyceride, matched with low HDL levels. Omega 3’s will assist in lowering triglycerides while raising HDL levels. Also People with diabetes often have high triglyceride and low HDL levels.

Regardless of where you are in your fitness and health care goals, chances are high that including healthy sources of omega 3’s in your daily in-take will improve your personal health and well-being for the better. Choosing a supplement, such as a fish oil or krill oil might be the simplest way to achieve optimal omega 3 in-take, however it is best to do your research in finding a superior product that will provide optimal benefits.

Above all, when it comes to your health, and any concerns you may have, it is recommended that you speak with your health care practitioner.

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