One of the first things people notice on the do not eat list of alkaline diet foods is coffee. And for some, that’s a deal breaker. Don’t let it be, though.
MY COFFEE HISTORY.
I gave up coffee for a couple of years because it made me jittery and more tired than energized. This is when roasted chicory root coffee entered my life. I initially saw it on the shelf at my local health foods store and knew of the herbal benefits of chicory root. What I didn’t know at the time is that it is almost a perfect substitute for the common coffee bean.
I say almost perfect because, for those of you that love your caffeine, there is no caffeine in this drink. But as for taste, it’s almost identical to the coffee bean.
BENEFITS OF CHICORY & THE BEAN.
Chicory root has many benefits; from antioxidants, balancing blood sugar, digestive support, and it even shows a possibility for management of arthritis symptoms. (1,2,3) In another study, chicory root was observed to be a beneficial food additive for improving nutritional food absorption. (4)
To be fair though, I’m not in the coffee bean is bad club. I’m back on the bean, as you could say. I decided to start drinking it again after reading research supporting it as a liver health enhancer. (5) I also started drinking it again for this reason – brain health. *Disclaimer as this is my personal hypothesis.
There is a growing trend among folks with ADHD that use coffee as a supplement to calm down. I think the trend began with parents noticing that their little’s were really chill after drinking coffee. Now, I didn’t need help calming down; but when I read a book about the history of coffee and the role that the caffeine plays on the bean, it made me wonder. The caffeine wards off pests by paralyzing them through the central nervous system. We know that some disease symptoms are triggered by a bacterial imbalance. (6) We also know that coffee has been suggested for use as a potential treatment for bacterial infection. (7)
To connect this all together, what if there is a type of bacteria living as a host on the central nervous system of the ADHD patients, and as it develops more it causes their nerves to overly excite. Then, when the person with ADHD drinks coffee containing caffeine, this calm feeling they experience is a result of the bacteria dying back and giving them a break. A coffee break with an anti-bacterial benefit. Interestingly, caffeine is being examined for its memory retention benefits. (8)
And then you’ve got, Dave Asprey, who is pioneering coffee and MCT benefits by drinking Bulletproof coffee because of it’s brain health and memory enhancement benefits. He also discovered that there is an ugly side to coffee and it’s not what we have been told, coffee is commonly harbouring a mold toxin named Ochratoxin. Since going as close to mold-free as possible from my own experience with mold, it’s true, I can taste a faint moldy aroma in conventional coffees compared to organic fair-trade coffee. This is why, among other reasons, I choose to drink that quality of coffee.
My personal experience to adding back coffee makes me more confident in this idea. When I initially added it back, I would feel an intense aggravation to my nervous system. But determined to test my hypothesis, I kept drinking it, and as I did I experienced less aggravation to my nervous system. But I also noticed that a condition I had, that is linked to bacterial imbalance, began improving.
…BUT, IT’S STILL ACID FORMING.
When I drink coffee (the bean, not chicory root) and also eat foods that are alkaline forming I do not see a drop in my urine pH value. The key to the alkaline diet is once you have achieved a balanced state, keep your body in balance. If not ever drinking coffee again is a deal breaker for you, then keep it as part of your 20% in the 80/20 balance, which you can read more about on the Curing Vision Alkaline Diet Food Chart.
Roasted chicory root coffee can be prepared just the same as you do ground coffee beans. I use a stove top percolator to make mine. If you’d like this coffee to still have a bit of caffeine, just substitute some of the chicory for the bean. I like to blend coffee bean and roasted chicory root coffee to gain the benefits of drinking both, using organic fair-trade coffee beans. This recipe is really a starting point suggestion since we all prefer our own individual brew strengths.
One of my favorite ways to dress up the coffee is to use full-fat coconut milk, a bit of coconut sugar, and molasses. This is the recipe for pumpkin spice creamer when I feel like a speciality coffee.
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