In June 2010, legendary golfer Phil Mickelson was diagnosed with psoriatic arthritis, an inflammatory arthritis that can cause joint pain, stiffness and swelling. According to Mickelson, these issues stemmed from a lack of accountability on his own health.
“It's a regret of my career because I was really ignorant of my health,” said Mickelson. “I didn't want to know what I was doing and why it was so bad. I used to drink 6-12 sodas a day and was eating awful foods. I was not accountable. It's embarrassing.”
Compounded by additional stress during a difficult time in his life, these poor choices took a toll. After talking to a trusted doctor, Phil discovered that his TH1 and TH2 cells were out of alignment, which was causing him to get sick all of the time.
“I used to get sick every 2-3 months” said Phil. “I needed to get my immune system in balance.”
The answer was surprisingly simple: coffee. Coffee plays a substantial role in helping regulate Th1 and Th2 cells and could help counter the echinacea toxicity that had been taking a heavy toll on Mickelson’s personal health. His doctor told Phil to drink as much coffee as he could alongside resveratrol and green tea extract.
The result? “In all honesty, I have not been sick in 12 years.”
Of course, drinking coffee alone didn’t solve Phil’s psoriatic arthritis, but it allowed him to start each day with a physical and psychological positive notion by placing his health first. “When I drink Coffee for Wellness,” Mickelson explained, “I feel good about putting something healthy in my body, and I want to continue that throughout the day. So I end up eating more responsibly because I don’t want to mess it up late.”
For Phil, it’s a simple math equation. If there are 21 meals in a week, he needs to eat well in 18 of them to have what he considers to be a pretty good week. By starting each day with For Wellness coffee, Mickelson ensures he has taken care of 7 meals already, each of which help inform other health decisions that encourage him to be more responsible overall.
That’s why For Wellness focuses on coffee as the foundation of good health. By starting each day with the decision to make your health a priority, you’re giving your body the nutrients it needs to kickstart your day while making it easier to continue that healthy line of thinking as the day goes on. This is an active decision each day that only you can make, but one that Phil notes has had a dramatic impact on his own life.
“After 40 years of being unaccountable for my health, I’m taking accountability. Now, I feel great. And that’s how this got started...by drinking as much coffee as I can.”