CAN I DRINK COFFEE ON THE ALKALINE DIET?
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 MAJOR deal breaker. Don’t let it be, though! If not drinking coffee is keeping you from starting to implement the principles of the Alkaline Diet, don’t let that one thing stop you from missing out on one of the best food choice experiences of your life. Yes, I’m a bit partial to the Alkaline Diet. This diet is a lifestyle and if rules and restrictions are not your thing, that is completely fine because this is not a restrictive diet.
The intention of the Alkaline Diet is not what the common initial impression is, “This diet is too hard, I can’t eat anything!” Firstly, the Alkaline Diet is suggestions of what types of food to eat if you would like to achieve and maintain a positive health experience. It’s not meant to inspire a feeling of deprivation and despair. If you feel like you are going to be too miserable not drinking coffee, then keep drinking it. There are plenty of foods that you can add into your diet to achieve balance. Maybe you’ll change your mind later about the coffee. Or maybe you won’t. My main point is, don’t let one single “do not eat _____” stop you.
MY HISTORY WITH COFFEE.
I started casually drinking coffee in my late twenties, and when I moved to Alberta, Canada – the land of Tim’s – I embraced this new culture experience and starting drinking coffee regularly. My favorite spot was a latte at the Italian Centre. It’s always nice to have a warm drink when it’s -30C outside.
When I started to investigate more how diet affects my health, I felt encouraged to give up coffee because as I transitioned into a Paleo diet, coffee made me jittery and more tired than energized. I now believe this had more to do with the coffee I was drinking, not coffee. This is also when roasted chicory root coffee entered into my life. I initially saw it on the shelf at my local health foods store and knew of the herbal benefits of chicory root as a food additive for gut health.
If you do want to stop drinking coffee, roasted chicory root could be almost a perfect substitute for coffee bean. I say almost perfect because, if you love your caffeine, there is no caffeine in roasted chicory root. But as for taste, it’s almost identical to the roasted coffee bean.
HEALTH BENEFITS OF CHICORY & COFFEE BEAN.
Chicory root has exhibited many benefits in scientific research; containing 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, I’m not in the coffee is bad club. I have decided to also include coffee after reading research supporting it as a liver health enhancer. (5) I also drink for this reason – brain health.
RECIPE FOR ROASTED CHICORY ROOT COFFEE FOR THE ALKALINE DIET
Roasted Chicory Root Coffee for the Alkaline Diet
If you are hoping to stop drinking traditional coffee, or you'd just like to try a different warm beverage, roasted chicory root can be a good substitute for traditional coffee bean. Include 1 tsp of organic ground coffee if you would like.
- 1.5 tbsp Roasted Chicory Root
- 1 liter Water
- 1 tsp Ground Coffee include if you are transitioning off caffeine
Using an electric water kettle, boil 1 liter of water. In a french press, add 1 1/2 tablespoon of roasted ground chicory root and 1/2 tsp of ground coffee. Once water has boiled, pour into french press and wait at least 3 minutes before serving.
MY HYPOTHESIS FOR THE BENEFITS OF COFFEE FOR BRAIN HEALTH AND ADHD.
Disclaimer, this information is my personal hypothesis as a result of linking scientific and anecdotal evidence dots.There is a growing trend among individuals with ADHD using coffee as a supplement to calm down. The trend began with parents noticing that their children are really chill after drinking coffee. I didn’t need help calming down; but when I read the book “An Orchard Invisible: A Natural History of Seeds” by Jonathan Swift (a great book for gardeners and anyone interested in Botany) it gave me new information about coffee to consider. In chapter sixteen the author discusses the history of coffee and the role that the caffeine plays on the bean, reading this information made me ponder more about the relationship of coffee and ADHD. In Swift’s book, he explains that caffeine inhibits the growth of fungus and bacteria, while also warding off pests by paralyzing them through the central nervous system. Further connecting this with other scientific research about coffee, 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 and form my personal hypothesis about the brain health benefits of coffee is based upon the effects caffeine has on bacteria and fungus as mentioned in Swift’s book. Could it be that the calming affect of coffee is linked with the known association of ADHD and gut dysbiosis by temporarily bringing this imbalance of the digestive system into balance with a simple cup of coffee? (8) Then, when the person experiencing symptoms of ADHD drinks coffee containing caffeine, this calm feeling they find is a result of the bacteria overgrowth being corrected thus giving their nervous system a break. A coffee break with an anti-bacterial benefit. Interestingly, caffeine is also being examined for its memory retention benefits. (9) No wonder scientists drink so much coffee!
Fat blended with coffee sounds odd, but it’s actually nice and worth at least trying once if you like cream in your coffee. And another, sometimes not commonly spoken of aspect to coffee is that it can be a mold-harbouring food. Because of the transport and storage times for coffee, this can lead to the ability for mold to grow on the coffee products. Since going as close to a mold-free environment 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 a higher quality of coffee.
SO TELL ME, WHAT IS YOUR OPINION OF COFFEE?
What will you decide for yourself? Will you continue drinking coffee, or swap most of it for roasted chicory root?
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