Life can get pretty exhausting. You work all day, do chores, run errands, take care of your kids, and attempt to have a social life on top of all your daily tasks.
What is the one thing that you can’t live without? The one thing that you know will save you when you just can’t get out of bed but you know just one sip of this and all is well in the world…
That oh so delicious nice and warm brewed cup of coffee!
You know- that moment when just the sound of your coffee dripping into your favorite mug sparks joy in your life!
We get it!
There’s no other way to explain it other than a magical wake me up potion that is simply the best taste in the world!
Starbucks run anyone?
Well turns out, you’re not alone. According to a study commissioned by the National Coffee Association, about 3,000 Americans were surveyed and it turns out that 64 percent of Americans drink a cup of coffee every single day! The percentage has increased from 62 percent since 2017, which also turns out to be the highest percentage since 2012.
So yeah- we’re not the only coffee lovers on the planet and that’s OK.
However, have you ever thought about what drinking coffee everyday might do to your body?
Is it good or is it bad?
Let’s chat about it.
How Does Coffee Actually Work?
Coffee contains caffeine, when caffeine enters your bloodstream it takes as little as ten minutes to react as a stimulant. According to Dana Hunnes, Ph.D., M.P.H., R.D., senior dietician at UCLA Medical Center, caffeine binds to adenosine receptors in the brain. Adenosine is a nervous system depressant, meaning its presence suppresses arousal and promotes sleep. However, once caffeine comes into the picture, the adenosine’s effects are weakened which then causes stimulation. Once caffeine is ingested it increases brain activity which then causes your adrenaline to kick in. Adrenaline is basically what causes you to gain that extra burst of energy as well as be focused and alert.
How Coffee Affects Your Body Everyday
As delicious and soothing a cup of coffee first thing in the morning is, it might not be the best for your body if you drink it every single day- more than once a day.
Don’t worry, we’re not telling you to ditch your coffee. You can still enjoy your magical cup of coffee, but maybe just once a day to avoid any long term side effects.
Here’s what we mean…
While coffee may help jumpstart your day, it also contains many side effects.
For example, did you know that coffee is actually very acidic? Because of its high acidity level, coffee can actually lead to digestive discomfort, indigestion, heartburn, GERD and an imbalance in your gut flora. Remember- illnesses or diseases start from your gut, so it’s good to maintain a healthy balance in your gut flora.
Coffee is also known for staining teeth and causing bad breath.
Anyone else would like to keep their teeth nice and white and minty fresh?
Did you know that coffee can stay in your system for HOURS?
Talk about how long it stays in your system and its effects.
Here’s the deal- we’re not telling you to stop your daily routine of a nice frothy cup of coffee. We’re here to help you ditch the afternoon crash without having to reach for that second or third cup of coffee.
Maybe you still want your twice a day, but are hesitant about that third cup. Here are some ways to help you reduce your coffee intake or to help you ditch that third cup per day...
Ways to Reduce Your Coffee Intake:
Want to substitute a few cups of coffee a day?
Check out our list of alternatives to coffee that are just as good to get you going, but in a healthier way...
1. Yerba Mate
What is it?
Yerba Mate is an herbal tea that can be enjoyed either hot or cold. However, it does not taste like coffee, much more herbal. If you like tea, this could be the perfect alternative.
It contains powerful antioxidant properties and it may even speed up your metabolism- aiding in weight loss.
2. Green Tea or Matcha
What is it?
Green Tea is also an herbal tea, but contains a bit less than your average cup of coffee. It can give you the energy boost you need without the jittery effects.
Green Tea is jam packed with polyphenols, one of which is called Catechins. Catechins are an extremely powerful antioxidant which can help prevent and fight diseases or common illnesses.
3. Reishi Mushroom
What is it?
Reishi Mushroom is just what it sounds like- mushrooms! It is most commonly used in Eastern medicine. However, we’d recommend to drink the mushrooms in tea form. Many people choose to just eat their mushrooms, but when the mushrooms are converted into powder form it contains different molecules that can be beneficial to your body.
Reishi mushroom is known for its immunity boosting properties, as well as help fight fatigue and depression and even contain anti-cancerous properties.
4. Wheatgrass juice shot
What is it?
Wheatgrass is just what it sounds like- grass. But, a healthier form of grass and juiced of course! Now, this may not be for everyone as taste goes either way, but it has many benefits!
Taking shots of wheatgrass juice has been known to be an energizer shot with immunity boosting properties. Did you know that in just one ounce of wheatgrass juice there are over 103 different vitamins and nutrients that your body needs to excel? It’s also filled with many vitamins and minerals that can help increase energy, detox your body and boost immunity through it’s potent source of vitamins and minerals.
5. Revive Beets + Roots
What is it?
Revive Beets + Roots is our version of an all-natural energy booster with immunity boosting ingredients. Revive Beets + Roots is made up of beets, ginger, turmeric, carrots, green coffee bean extract, rhodiola, and kale.
Beets help your body produce better oxygen flow throughout your entire body causing a natural energy boost. A great source of powerful antioxidants from superfoods like turmeric, carrots, kale and ginger. Good for your heart, skin, liver and kidneys.
So whether you can’t live without your magical morning cup of coffee or maybe you’d like to decrease your intake and look for alternatives to an afternoon pick me up, Smart Pressed is here for you!
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