Is coffee good for you?

Are you hearing conflicting information over whether coffee is good or bad for you?

That's because coffee is a controversial food group.

Actually, the coffee bean is a plant source and therefore ‘real food’ i.e. it’s not considered as a processed food, which is usually the first thing a lot of us have to remove in order to take the first step to improving our diet.

Coffee, however, comes in a VERY wide range of qualities and the best form is speciality coffee where the top graded Arabica beans, graded over 80 on a scale of up to 100 are selected. Unfortunately, those lower quality (often Robusta) beans are what you will be getting in your commodity coffee and definitely the instant sources.

Coffee can also contain high levels of ‘mycotoxins’ from mold which are found due to the warm, moist climate that coffee is produced in and the inability to dry the beans properly

Can you go a day without coffee? If the answer is no, then you have probably become aware of coffees highly addictive nature. Being sensitive to coffee helped me to avoid drinking too much but I noticed how hard it is once I start to prevent it being a daily habit.

So what do you need to consider?

Do you know someone that drinks a few cups a day and says they have no impact?

Well, ancestry for sure has a part to play. I mean, I’ve noticed myself my Central American friends that grew up in places like Columbia with the coffee bean in abundance having a much lower sensitivity, compared to some of my Asian friends who have ancestry in areas such as India where tea plantations were predominant.

Are you taking your breakfast in liquid form? Due to heavy marketing of coffee with breakfast, I’ve found a lot of my clients falling into the mistake of skipping a proper breakfast for an energy kick from a latte. This starts the rollercoaster of spiking your sugar levels & getting that much-needed energy kick but unfortunately results in a crash later which is normally replaced with another energy kick usually in the form of a high sugar food or worse, another coffee!

The habit of a warm comforting drink can be just what we need from coffee and I’ve found finding replacements for this can help to reduce our coffee intake.

Try Chai or Matcha Tea perhaps with a Nut Milk for either a natural metabolism boost from the blend of spices or an antioxidant rich drink with a gentler caffeine intake.

If the taste of coffee is what you need, Dandelion tea has been my saviour here. The roots of the dandelion plant are roasted, it's 100% caffeine free, naturally detoxing and best of all tastes like espresso!

If you still feel coffee is your beverage of choice then you have to try Bulletproof. Termed by Dave Asprey the blend of grass fed butter, MCT oil & coffee provides a slow release of the caffeine plus other brain boosting benefits from the MCT & a slower stream of energy from the butter fats.

Try this one to believe it!

Elika
Elika
I decided to become a health coach following years of frustrating yo-yo dieting, over exercising & lack of nutritional support available whilst knowing my health was being compromised. I received my training from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, where I studied over 50 dietary theories and practical lifestyle coaching methods. With my knowledge, I co-create completely personalised actions based on your goals to move you toward your ideal vision of health within your unique body, lifestyle, preferences, and resources.

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