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Everything You Need to Know About Coffee (Plus Natural Alternatives!)

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There’s no concrete answer.  Everyone is unique. For some, coffee can be part of a healthy diet with lots of health benefits! For others, coffee might lead to some anxiety or insomnia. Let’s dive into the details! 

 What are the Benefits of Coffee?

Antioxidants

In moderation, and when consuming a high-quality coffee (organic/no chemicals), coffee can be a source of antioxidants. Interestingly, caffeinated and decaffeinated have nearly the same levels! However, you can get more antioxidants from coffee substitutes like matcha!

Energy Levels and Brain Function

There are studies that show caffeine in coffee increases energy levels and improves certain aspects of brain function like memory, mood, and reaction times.  [1]

When looking at these studies, it’s important to note that they’re referring to low to moderate caffeine intake – one to two cups per day.

Reduced Risk of Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia

Several studies show that coffee drinkers have up to a 65% lower risk of Alzheimer’s disease. [2][3] These studies are referring to low doses of caffeine (one to two cups of coffee per day). In these studies it’s unclear if the benefits are from the coffee itself or the caffeine.

When Should You Avoid Coffee?

Anxiety

According to a study by researchers at the University of Oklahoma, “caffeine can cause anxiety symptoms in normal individuals, especially in vulnerable patients, like those with pre-existing anxiety disorders.”[4] If you’ve noticed an increase in anxiety, or odd symptoms like a racing mind or shaking hands, caffeine might not be for you!

Insomnia

Coffee can interrupt the natural rhythm of your cortisol cycle, which may lead to insomnia and an inability to reach a deep sleep. As well, consuming caffeine later in the day (after 3pm) can cause a struggle to fall asleep.

The Mid-Afternoon Slump

For some, as little as one cup of coffee in the morning can lead to lower energy levels in the afternoon. This may be caused by a sensitivity to caffeine and does not affect everyone.

How Can I Get the Most out of Coffee?

MCT Oil

MCTs are easily digested, provide energy, support the metabolism, and boosts mental clarity! Add a teaspoon to your coffee for a smoother cup or blend together for a frothy latte!

Collagen

Collagen doesn’t add a flavour and it completely dissolves in coffee. It’s high in protein, great for skin health, helps burn fat and build muscle, and may ease joint pain with long term use! Just like MCT oil, collagen can be stirred or blended into your cup!

Ghee

The acidity in coffee can impact your gut and digestive system. Ghee contains calcium which helps reduce acidity.  Ghee also contains butyrate, a short-chain fatty acid, which has been shown to have anti-inflammatory qualities! Learn how to add ghee into your coffee with our video!

Adaptogen Blend Mix

This product has ten different adaptogens and easily mixes into coffee. Adaptogens help your body adapt to stress, resulting in increased energy, immune support, and anti-aging benefits!

My Favourite Superfood Latte Recipe

Ingredients:

  1. 1 cup hot coffee
  2. 1 scoop collagen
  3. 2 tsp MCT oil or Ghee or coconut oil
  4. 1 tsp raw honey or maple syrup
  5. Optional: 1 tsp Adaptogen Blend Mix

Instructions:

Add all ingredients to a high speed blender and blend until smooth and creamy!

Our Favourite Coffee Alternatives

Matcha

Matcha contains caffeine, but it also contains L-theanine, an amino acid that gives you a calm feeling. Matcha is a unique drink that can make you feel both energetic and calm at the same time. This matcha blend has the addition of Lion’s Mane mushroom, an adoptogenic herb associated with increased productivity and immune function.

 Turmeric Latte Mix

This mix makes it easy to make your own turmeric latte! I recommend blending it with almond milk and one tablespoon coconut oil to make it creamy, and keep you satisfied. This is a caffeine free alternative to coffee, that will boost your immunity and metabolism!

Sources:

[1] https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/j.1467-3010.2007.00665.x

[1] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20182026

[1] https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1046/j.1468-1331.2002.00421.x

[1] “Caffeine and psychiatric symptoms: a review.” Broderick P, Benjamin AB. J Okla State Med Assoc. 2004
Dec;97(12):538-42. Abstract. Accessed 15 December 2013.

[1] https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/j.1467-3010.2007.00665.x

[2] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20182026

[3] https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1046/j.1468-1331.2002.00421.x

[4] “Caffeine and psychiatric symptoms: a review.” Broderick P, Benjamin AB. J Okla State Med Assoc. 2004
Dec;97(12):538-42. Abstract. Accessed 15 December 2013.

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This article is for educational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent diseases. We cannot provide medical advice or specific advice on products related to treatments of a disease or illness. You must consult with your professional health care provider before starting any diet, exercise or supplementation program, and before taking, varying the dosage of or ceasing to take any medication.

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