Personally I love coffee, I have been artificially away since 1986....no joke! Recently, I have set the intention to reduce my coffee intake. I’m ashamed how much coffee I was drinking. Anything more than 2 cups per day raises cortisol levels. Raising cortisol levels can come in handy if your facing a bear, however, not likely in the suburbs!!! (Raised cortisol may contribute weight gain, anxiety, sleep disorders, hormonal imbalance. More on cortisol in another post.) Coffee, like most things, in moderation can be fine, even good! Coffee is high in antioxidants, which help to fight toxicity, protect against free radical damage. Coffee can stimulate the liver and circulation. It can help alertness. According to a study published in the International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism they found that having a small amount before exercise “increases post exercise energy expenditure or the so called ‘after-burn”. I always have a cup before my workout. It is also great for cognitive function.
If your a coffee drinker you know, nothing better than that first sip in the morning! The problem is the caffeine addiction....that was so me! I didn’t even feel that bolt of caffeine anymore. My apologies to my adrenal system. So what have I done to keep it do 2 cups per day? I substitute. My first cup in the morning I do full caffeine. Second one is half caffeine half decaf. During the first week I did a third cup half caffeine half decaf. After that I committed to 2 cups, if I feel I need something else I drink organic herbal teas. Matcha green tea is an amazing addition, as is dandelion tea, its bitterness appeals to some coffee drinkers.
Bottom line here, is coffee isn’t bad, moderation is key. After all, consuming, too many carrots, will turn your skin a hint of orange. Moderation kids. I’m going to grab my second coffee! ☕️🙋🏼♀️💚