OH COFFEE – The BIG debate. Is coffee healthy? Do we need to give it up entirely? Cleaners ask us all of the time before a Challenge starts, “What will happen to our daily coffee?!?!”
So is coffee healthy? Our answer: If you are using coffee as the tool to get you out of bed EVERY day, you may want to take a 30 Day coffee hiatus. However, if it is just a part of your morning ritual you can continue to enjoy it under the condition that you are drinking it as your FRIEND not your FOE. Truth is, there are some benefits for coffee drinkers. Keep reading…
Coffee-holics rejoice! Readers will be delighted to hear that coffee is one of the top 2 most powerful antioxidants (1) (the other being chocolate!). However, it’s what Americans tend to do to coffee that strips coffee of its health benefits. The method that we process coffee as well as what we add to this beloved beverage (artificial sweeteners, syrups, etc.), is what makes it harmful to our endocrine system (2) and our waistline (3). Also, excessive caffeine flushes our body of our B vitamins, vitamin C, potassium, and magnesium. Multiple cups of coffee can lead to adrenal fatigue, a condition that is difficult to overcome.
In order to keep your cup of coffee a “health food,” here are some quick tips from your friends at The 30 Clean:
- Choose organic (coffee beans are one of the most heavily sprayed crops) and fair trade whenever possible (because why not enjoy your cup of joe with a clear conscience?).
- Purchase the whole bean since pre-ground coffee can go rancid by the time you drink it.
- Skip the cream and sugar and enjoy the flavor of that rich, black coffee to avoid any insulin spikes. However, if your coffee does occasionally need a little more pizzazz, you can always make your coffee Bulletproof. Take 2 cups of Upgraded Coffee, 2 Tbsp. of unsalted grass-fed butter, and 2 Tbsp. of Upgraded MCT Oil (the primary fat found in coconut oil), and blend it together with a good blender until a creamy head of foam forms. Organic coconut milk can also be added to your brew (we like the brand Natural Value because it’s organic and BPA-free!). Ideally, you could even try making homemade coconut milk.
- The key to reaping the benefits of coffee also lies in its quantity; remember, moderation is key so aim for a maximum of 1 cup of coffee per day. Find a healthy balance where you can enjoy coffee’s antioxidant benefits without falling prey to its seductive hold.