Giving up coffee is not an easy task and if this is one of your new year resolutions then you might be looking for some tips on how to reduce your coffee intake. Research and reports on the benefits of coffee or lack of it is seriously conflicting. Coffee is a great source of antioxidants, boosts endurance, increases energy levels, elevates your mood, helps with weight loss and can lower your risk of certain type of diseases (certain type of cancers, type 2 diabetes, Parkinson's disease). On the negative side, coffee can make you jittery, sabotage sleep, cause dehydration, turn into an addiction, lower emotional intelligence (read here) and spike up your body acidity levels. If you want to read more about the ill effects of coffee then click here, here, here and here. Coffee in moderation is probably ok but it might not be wise to consume more than 3 cups of coffee per day. Here are a few products that might help you control your coffee intake or even eliminate it.
Coffee with chicory blend - Chicory is a root that is high in vitamin C, is alkaline and makes coffee taste even better. I found this brand called cafe du monde which has chicory in it and this product tastes amazing. You can find it at any health food stores. Going for a chicory blend coffee is a great start because you are just stepping down a bit without completely giving up so you might not suffer from heavy withdrawal symptoms. You can add more chicory to the blend as you get used to the flavor and taste. Read about chicory here.
Herbal coffee - Most herbal coffee blends have chicory in them along with other alkaline ingredients such as barley, rye, almonds, dates and figs. You can try Teeccino, Cafix or any other brand in the market. You can try Teeccino samples, which is a great way to experiment with herbal coffee blends. You can also make your own herbal coffee by mixing chicory, vanilla powder, date powder, cinnamon and dandelion root. Adding cocoa powder to the blend gives it a more mocha like flavor.
The only problem with chicory based coffee or herbal coffee is that it tastes better with milk so if you prefer black coffee then this might not work very well for you. Are you trying to quit coffee or reduce your intake? What do you think of all the conflicting information on coffee? Would love to know what you think.
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