Mmm, coffee… almost everybody drinks it. The average coffee drinker consumes 3 or more cups of it every day.
Coffee generally isn’t seen as a “health drink”. And the way most people make it, adding loads of sugar, artificial sweeteners and artificial creamers… it certainly isn’t!
But, did you know that coffee is actually the biggest source of antioxidants for most Americans. Though sadly that mostly has to do with the fact that most of us don’t get enough antioxidants from fruits and vegetables.
Nevertheless, coffee does still contain a lot of antioxidants. And it doesn’t stop there. Coffee sports high concentrations of beneficial phenolic nutrients, chlorogenic acids, and other healthy compounds.
Here are three simple tricks you can use to make your coffee super healthy…
1. Stop adding refined sugar or artificial sweeteners
Instead use about half a packet of natural stevia or a touch of organic maple syrup to sweeten your coffee.
You can also try coconut sugar. It does contains healthy minerals and other nutrients. It also has a lower glycemic index than regular sugar.
However, the healthiest way is by skipping sweeteners altogether and drinking your coffee is black. It’s an acquired taste but once you get used to it you won’t want your coffee any other way!
If you usually get your coffee at a coffee shop, make sure you avoid all those fancy specialty coffees like sweetened flavored lattes and frappuccinos. These almost always contain loads of extra sugars or artificial sweeteners.
Some of them can contain up to 300-400 calories! In just one coffee! They can wreak havoc on your blood sugar and insulin levels.
If you drink a latte or cappuccino that can be okay, as long as use stevia to sweeten it. You might want to carry your own supply, since pretty much every coffee shop only has either sugar or artificial sweeteners as options.
2. Avoid artificial creamers
Artificial creamers, both liquid and powder, are usually made with corn syrup solids and hydrogenated oils containing harmful trans fats. If you want cream in your coffee, try using real, full-fat cream. Best is organic grass-fed cream. This contains CLA and vitamin K2 which is very healthy.
If you can’t get grass-fed cream, you can also try coconut cream as an alternative. You can make this by buying cans of organic coconut milk, shaking them can well before opening, and storing the coconut milk in the fridge in a container. Be sure to use cans instead of those cartons of “coconut milk drink”, which are often watered down.
Thick creamy coconut milk is loaded with healthy saturated fats called medium chain triglycerides (MCTs). These are known to boost both your immune system and your metabolism! Aside from using real grass-fed dairy cream, coconut milk is the best healthy creamer option by far.
3. Try adding this magic spice
If you want add a delicious taste to your coffee and to load it up with even more healthy antioxidants, try adding some cinnamon to it. Not only can cinnamon help control blood sugar and boost your metabolism… it has many other health benefits as well.
You can also make your own mocha coffee by adding a teaspoon of organic, non sweetened (use stevia instead) cocoa powder.
Organic cocoa powder gives your coffee a great taste, as well as a good dose of extra healthy antioxidants.
Don’t drink too much
Okay, you’ve learned how to turn your coffee into a health boosting, nutrient rich drink. However, too much of a good thing is often a bad thing. The some goes for coffee.
Excessive amounts of coffee can lead to caffeine addiction and can even cause adrenal fatigue in some people over time.
People who drink 3-4 cups of coffee per day often get a massive headache (due to caffeine withdrawal) if they don’t get their daily ‘fix’.
You can avoid this addiction by drinking only one or two cups per day max. If you drink more than 2 cups per day try replacing some of your coffee with tea instead. Teas like oolong, green, black, white teas or herbal teas like rooibos are much lower in caffeine.
‘I personally only drink 1 cup of coffee per day’, says Geary. ‘That’s because I don’t want to overdose on caffeine and don’t want to get addicted to caffeine like some people are.’
Last but certainly not least, always choose organic coffee beans instead of conventional coffee!
Conventional coffee is one of the crops most heavily treated with pesticides fungicides, and herbicides. Some of these can disrupt hormone balance in both men and women. They can also cause the accumulation of stubborn belly fat and, in men, can lead to those dreaded man boobs.
If you want to know more about the health boosting, anti-aging and fat burning properties of real foods, check out Mike Geary’s books (links at the top of this article).
Of course, we read them as well. Here’s our reviews:
In the mean time… Enjoy your coffee! In moderation of course 😉