(NaturalHealth365) Believe it or not, coffee can actually be very healthy to drink. But, drinking “Joe” still acidifies your body; drains minerals from your body; weakens the adrenals; and reduces your levels of GABA, the “feel good” neurotransmitter.
In addition to the coffee bean itself, most of the negative effects of coffee comes from the added sugar, artificial sweeteners, artificially-flavored creamers, pasteurized dairy, artificial whipped cream, and other decadent toppings packed with chemical additives.
So, what can you do to transform your favorite coffee drink into a brain-balancing, more alkalizing and re-mineralizing treat? Let’s start with the basics. To sweeten your coffee, the healthiest, best tasting, non-dairy alternatives are chocolate hemp milk and chocolate hazelnut milk.
Unfortunately, most cafes only stock up on soy milk and almond milk. However, almond milk does not tend to blend well with coffee, and soy milk has the same amount of estrogen as a birth control pill – making it an unhealthy non-dairy candidate.
Therefore, I recommend buying your chocolate or vanilla hazelnut milk or hemp milk and bringing it with you to the cafe. Then, order a light “Americano” (an Americano with less water). Americanos are basically concentrated espresso shots slightly diluted with hot water.
Espresso shots are more alkalizing than a cup of coffee. The reason is simple – the alkalizing phytochemicals are released first. Since coffee is made by passing a larger volume of water through the coffee beans, the coffee beans begin to release acidifying compounds towards the end of the brewing process.
In addition, seek out an organic, shade-grown coffee bean. These are thought to produce less acid in the body. And, steer clear of commercial instant coffees, which are processed using formaldehyde.
Butter oil from grass-fed cows is a superfood that nourishes your gut, brain, and skin. It is rich in conjugated linoleic acids, lauric acid, vitamin D3, vitamin K, and omega-3 fatty acids. Then, add either a dash of raw grass-fed cream or a 1/4 cup of hazelnut or hemp milk.
If you are a long-term espresso connoisseur, I recommend incorporating three key things to balance out your coffee experience:
Do yoga and take a GABA supplement to replenish your GABA levels;
Drink black cherry concentrate, eat steamed asparagus, and take an adrenal glandular complex with a multi-glandular to support your adrenals; and finally…
Add a pinch of Celtic sea salt to your espresso and drink 1 to 2 vials of Quintessential 3.3 daily – a trace mineral-rich marine plasma supplement that supports your kidneys and replenishes your body with the trace elements lost from drinking coffee.
Studies have also shown that drinking espresso and coffee prevents colon and liver cancers. In moderation, drinking espresso is a mild stimulant to the heart and lungs. With that said, if you are pregnant, it is best to transition off of caffeine and coffee until after you are done breastfeeding.
Start with an organic, shade-grown coffee bean.
Make espresso, not coffee.
Brew your espresso using pure (clean) water.
Add hot water to dilute your espresso down and make it easier to drink.
Add a low-glycemic, natural sweetener such as xylitol, date palm sugar, or coconut sugar.
Add a 1/4 teaspoon of grass-fed butter oil or ghee.
Add a natural creamer such as chocolate or vanilla hemp or hazelnut milk, or raw cream.
Do yoga and take GABA to boost your GABA levels.
Drink small amounts of black cherry concentrate.
Eat steamed asparagus.
Take an adrenal complex within a multi-glandular supplement.
Add a pinch of Celtic sea salt to your coffee.
Drink 1 to 2 vials of Quintessential 3.3 daily to counteract the long-term effects of drinking coffee.
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