In this Blended for Wellness, we're exploring the pros-cons to coffee consumption and getting into other options that have huge health benefits along with a mind-body boost. We're also talking about one beverage that we really want you to skip.
Black Coffee Pros & Cons
For most, one or two cups of coffee, or a small espresso, per day is ok, but there are health factors to consider (especially if you're a multi-cup drinker):
- Increased attention (unless too much is consumed), alertness, and decreased fatigue
- Contains polyphenol antioxidants, which combat oxidative stress in your body and may reduce your risk of certain diseases
- Increased metabolic rate
- Aids in bowel movements
- Increased anxiety
- Constriction of blood vessels which increases blood pressure
- Reduced control of fine motor skills
- Physical jitters/shakes
- Stimulation of urine/cause dehydration
- Insomnia (avoid consuming after 2 PM)
Natural Energy-Boosting Swaps for Caffeine
Teas - combine your caffeine fix with a huge health benefit boosting (caffeine containing teas should also be consumed in moderation - check out the Tea VS Coffee section below).
Chicory Coffee - made from chicory root as opposed to coffee beans. Low in caffeine while also having that nutty, earthy taste coffee lovers desire.
Golden Milk Latte - made from Turmeric, which has been known to ease pain and reduce symptoms of depression. Turmeric also has incredible anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.
Mushroom Elixir - mushrooms have antiviral, anti-inflammatory and immune boosting properties. For a serious natural energy boost, try incorporating Cordycep & Lions Mane mushrooms (check out our Shroom Energy blend below).
Chai Seed Drink - Chai seeds are an excellent source of sustained energy and increased endurance. They are also packed with protein, fibre, and Omega 3s (shake 2 tbsp chia seeds with 1/2 cup of any liquid).
Boost Your Mind & Body While Reducing Stress
Ginseng, Maca, Lions Mane, Cordyceps are not only amazing energy boosters, they're also adaptogens, which means that they support your body's ability to adapt to anxiety-inducing and stressful situations.
Tea VS Coffee
Black tea leaves contain 3.5% caffeine, while coffee beans have 2.2%. However, the coffee brewing process uses hotter water, which extracts more of the caffeine from the beans. Typically, you also use more coffee beans than tea leaves for a drink, giving brewed coffee more caffeine than tea cup per cup.
Teas We Love Drinking Daily
- High in antioxidants (fight free radicals & keep cells healthy)
- Reduce brain fog
- Promote heart health
- Increase metabolic rate
- Ease an upset stomach
- Relive sinus congestion
- Fight bacterial infections
- A natural muscle relaxer, it can relive menstrual cramps, tension headaches and improve sleep
Herbal Ginger Tea
- Ease nausea
- Immunity support
- Anti-inflammatory properties it can help with pain relief and levelling blood pressure
- Regulate insulin & control blood sugar levels
Blended For Natural Energy Boosting
Here are a few essential nutrient-packed, mind and body boosting blends:
Matcha Morning: Matcha Green Tea packed, this blend is the perfect breakfast for super-charging your body & mind. It's truly an huge daily dose of health, loaded with antioxidants, 18g of protein, 90% RDI of Iron, and 10% of Riboflavin (B12) which helps to get muscles working.
Shroom Energy: perfect when we need to be firing on all cylinders, not feeling the jitters. The Cordycep & Lions Mane mushrooms + Maca booster combos help balance cortisol/keep stress levels in a lower orbit, keep your mind focused and energy up (the Maca is also a nice hormone balance support). Also an antioxidant superhero with 20g of Protein, 30% RDI of Iron and 35% of B6. Next time you need an afternoon pick me up, try a Shroom Energy.
Maca Energy: loaded with the nutty-tasting root Maca, which helps energize and is great for hormone and mood balancing. Maca Energy has 20g of Protein, 35% RDI of Iron and 35% of B6, also making it a great morning or afternoon pick me up. On the go, spoon this goodness straight from the pack.
Why We Say No to Sugary Energy Drinks
Sugary chemical-packed "Energy Drinks" are just a hard no in our world. This includes the sugar-free ones that are loaded with artificial sweeteners. Here are some of the side-effects that may result from drinking them on the regular and/or in excess:
Increased Blood Pressure & Heart Rate: studies have shown that drinking a 12-oz can of Red Bull can significantly increase blood pressure and heart rate within 90 minutes of consumption and up to 24 hrs after.
Increase type 2 diabetes risk: one 12 oz can of Red Bull contains 44 grams of refined/processed sugar
Damage to your Teeth: the acidity in energy drinks can damage tooth enamel
Negatively Affect Kidney Health: while the occasional energy drink is unlikely to cause damage, excessive consumption could lead to issues.
In excessive consumption, Energy Drinks may lead to possible toxicity.
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