Here’s why switching to a coffee alternative is a must
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Addicted to the caffeine buzz?
But feeling wired and tired?
And struggling to sleep at night?
It’s time to quit coffee.
Despite the “latest research” proclaiming coffee to be healthy, the reality is, coffee does more harm in the body than good. With over 2 billion cups of coffee drunk worldwide each day, it’s no wonder the coffee trade is such big business. People love the taste and how it gives them a kick-start in the morning or a pick-me-up in the afternoon. So, why stop drinking coffee?
Learn why coffee is bad for you, the lowdown on decaf and what you can drink instead. Try our delicious coffee alternatives and avoid the caffeine hangover!
Why is coffee bad for you?
- It’s sprayed with toxic chemicals and pesticides. Coffee is mass produced and one of the most heavily sprayed crops in the world. Pesticides such as Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) and Glyphosate (weed killer) are used on coffee beans to prevent them from degrading. These chemicals are not only harmful to wildlife and the environment, they have also been linked to cancer, hormone disruption and neurological disease.
- Coffee crops are susceptible to mould (mycotoxins) which when consumed have been known to cause liver, kidney and brain damage.
- Highly toxic for your cells. When coffee beans are heated and roasted, the antioxidants in the beans are destroyed and carcinogenic toxins are produced. These toxins alter the DNA of your cells, causing a whole host of health issues and cancers.
- Addiction. People become addicted to the caffeine in coffee in the same way smokers become addicted to nicotine. Withdrawal from caffeine causes symptoms such as headaches, fatigue, depression, anxiety and irritability.
- Exhaustion. Caffeine stimulates the release of adrenaline and cortisol (your stress hormones) from the adrenal glands. Over time, excessive production of these hormones results in you feeling exhausted and drained.
- Sleep disturbances and insomnia. Coffee blocks the receptors which promote sleep and relaxation, making you feel a hyper alert and wide-awake.
- Weight gain and blood sugar imbalances. High levels of cortisol in the body (which spike when you drink coffee) increases your blood sugar levels and decreases insulin sensitivity. What this means is, your body is more likely to store the excess sugars as fat as it cannot get the sugar molecules into the cells due your insulin receptors not working efficiently.
- Digestive issues such as heartburn, reflux, bloating and IBS. Coffee is highly acidic and irritates the gut causing inflammation, reduced mineral absorption and lowered stomach acid production.
Is decaf coffee better for you?
In short, no. Decaffeinated coffee is more toxic than normal coffee!
Coffee is decaffeinated using heat, water and chemical solvents. Trace elements of the chemical solvents are still left in the coffee after processing. People who consume these chemicals have an increased chance of experiencing chronic health issues including cancer. Furthermore, decaf coffee is not 100% decaffeinated. The processing only removes 97% of the caffeine.
Our Top 3 Healthy Coffee Alternatives
If you’re ready to kick coffee and improve your health, here are some healthy coffee substitutes:
#1 – Matcha tea
Matcha is a finely ground powdered form of green tea which is packed full of antioxidants and nutrients. Drinking just one cup of matcha tea is the equivalent of consuming 10 cups of normal green tea.
Even though matcha does contain some caffeine, it also contains an amino acid called L-theanine, which once paired with caffeine, has been known to improve focus and attention. L-theanine is also beneficial for reducing stress and anxiety as it promotes relaxation by calming the body down.
With its incredibly high antioxidant levels, matcha reduces inflammation in the body and protects your cells from damage, helping to prevent deterioration and disease.
Matcha can be drunk as a tea, simply by adding the powder to hot water, or as a matcha latte by whisking the powder in a pan with coconut milk.
#2 – Chicory coffee
If you’re looking for a morning brew with an aroma and taste similar to coffee, give chicory coffee a try. Chicory root is roasted, ground down and brewed (as coffee is) into a delicious hot drink, but without all the additional toxins. Chicory root is an excellent source of fibre and may help support digestion by promoting healthy gut flora.
Where coffee can contribute to weight gain, chicory root on the other hand helps balance blood sugar levels and regulate appetite. You can brew chicory coffee using a drip coffee maker or on the hob with boiled water.
#3 – Turmeric latte
Also known as “Golden Milk” due to its golden colour and mouth-watering aroma, a turmeric latte is a nutritious, caffeine-free alternative to coffee. It’s a combination of warming and fragrant spices including turmeric, ginger, cinnamon, cardamom and vanilla. With its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, drinking a turmeric latte is a great way to start the morning. There are plenty of turmeric latte blends available in health stores.
However, as with any packaged products, watch out for hidden sugars. Alternatively, make your own – here’s our Golden Latte recipe.
Start your day the right way
Drinking coffee robs your body of essential nutrients and plays havoc with your sleep, digestion and blood sugar levels. After the initial energy boost, you’re left feeling wired and tired when your body comes crashing down again. Reduce your toxic load and prevent long-term health issues by ditching coffee for a nutritious coffee alternative. Start your day the right way!