Is your morning coffee good for you?

If you are a coffee lover… Nothing beats waking up to the sweet smell of coffee in the air. The aroma alone seems to perk you up. A good excuse to get out of bed. The soothing effects of holding your warm mug between your two hands; it allows you to take in a couple deep breathes and prepare yourself for the day in front of you.

Why is our cup of coffee such an important ritual? We look forward to this moment day in and day out. Well the answer is an easy one… It is because caffeine is the world’s most popular drug. Caffeine is a stimulant that speeds up the central nervous system and is found in beverages such as coffee and tea. All it takes is three consecutive days of caffeine consumption to get hooked. And most of us are hooked! We depend on that java fix to get us moving and ready for the day and often throughout the day as well!

Coffee is a rich source of disease fighting antioxidants and studies have shown many positive effects of coffee including:

  • Boosts athletic performance
  • Improves memory and cognition
  • Boosts mood
  • Reduces cavities
  • Decreases headaches
  • Reduces the risk of type 2 diabetes, colon and liver cancer, gallstones, cirrhosis of the
  • liver, and Parkinson’s diseases

But there are a few things to be aware of when getting your daily dose of java:

  • Addiction is often an issue with coffee drinkers. Skipping your daily coffee may produce withdrawal symptoms such as irritability, anxiety, fatigue and/or headaches.
  • Acidity level of coffee can lead to digestive issues such as heartburn, ulcers, gut flora imbalances and acid reflux.
  • Coffee is dehydrating so you need to add an extra glass of water per coffee cup you consume per day.
  • Drink between meals as coffee speeds up the movement of food through the digestive system and decreases absorption of many nutrients as well as medications.
  • Vitamin and mineral absorption can be inhibited by coffee consumption and can increase their excretion from the body through urine, which can contribute to electrolyte imbalance, dehydration, and bone density depletion.
  • If you have depleted adrenals and cortisol imbalances it’s important you drink coffee with care as heightened stress reactions, fatigue and sugar cravings can manifest itself.
  • Have black coffee and skip the sugar and cream! The calories add up if you are having a few cups per day and it can spike your insulin levels contributing to insulin resistance.
  • Choose your cup wisely and enjoy your coffee in a glass or ceramic cup. Take-out plastic cups have traces of plastics and other chemicals that are released into the cup with the heat.
  • Drink organic coffee as coffee crops are heavily sprayed and these pesticides remain in the coffee beans.
  • Help the farmers and go for the free-trade coffee that are farmed using more traditional methods.
      
Health Canada’s recommendation for healthy adults is no more than 400 mg per day, and a total of 300 mg has been shown to decrease average sleep time.

CAFFEINE PER CUP:

Decaf Coffee 2.4 mg
Latte / Cappuccino 75.2 mg
Mocha 87.2 mg
Americano 100 mg
Drip Coffee 144.8 mg
Espresso 410.4 mg
  Enjoying your coffee with coconut oil helps you be more focused and alert, but it gives your brain and metabolism a boost. It may also help you lose weight.

BULLET PROOF COFFEE RECIPE:

  • 1 cup organic coffee
  • 1-2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoon of honey (optional)
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla (optional)
  • Blend all the ingredients for 20 seconds and drink immediately after.

 

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