As a health practitioner I constantly hear from my clients….”Oh – No, you can’t take away my coffee.” People who love their
coffee, really love their coffee. It is a fact; Caffeine is addicting. Coffee does not have to be bad for you; its what you add to your coffee that you should be mindful of.
The morning ritual of drinking coffee is a ritual. During the colder and shorter days I have to admit; I too really enjoy drinking a warm cup of coffee. I tend to transition between Green Tea Match (full of antioxidants) and Organic coffee (also full of antioxidants).
Now, coffee does get a bad wrap. Especially if you have osteopenia, auto-immune disorder and adrenal fatigue. I say everything in moderation is ok. When clients ask, “do I really have to give up coffee?” my answer usually brings some relief.
COFFEE IS NOT A BAD VICE, ITS THE WAY YOU CONSUME IT THAT CAN BE.
I recently had breakfast with my father. I was sad to see how he used coffee creamer in his coffee. Coffee creamers are loaded with sugar and just bad stuff. If you are going to have coffee go black or add organic non-gmo soy, coconut or hemp creamer.
The latest research shows that coffee is not bad for you, in fact it may even have some health benefits when properly consumed.
First off ditch the coffee mate, sugary lattes and frappuccinos that are not full of antioxidants. They’re full of sugar, empty calories and fats.
full of antioxidants – which helps prevent disease, slow down the aging process, repair cellular damage, and maintain overall health.
can improve brain function and boost your mood
can help protect against type 2 diabetes, liver disease and Parkinson’s disease
3 HEALTY COFFEE CONSUMPTION TIPS
1) Keep it to 1 cup of coffee per day. Otherwise, you will be messing with your hormonal balance, tax your adrenal glands and robbing calcium absorption from your bones. Go organic when possible to avoid pesticides sprayed on coffee beans.
2) Never add sugar. Sugar will cause you to spike your blood sugar, causing you to feel more hungry the rest of the day and more easily store fat. Try liquid stevia, cinnamon or vanilla extract to spice it up.
3) Take an occasional break. Just like our Seasons change; our bodies crave change. Try mixing it up by drinking green tea, match green tea has amazing health benefits. Or, if you are not feeling addicted to coffee, try adding Nettle tea which will detox and support your adrenals naturally. There are many benefits in drinking nettle tea.
Bottom line; drinking a small amount of quality coffee with (one) piece of dark chocolate (70% cacao) will benefit you and keep you feeling satiated.
(Sources: Harvard School Of Public Health)