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Jul 13

Coffee Talk

So this is the talk I like to give on coffee.  Don’t worry I’m a fan.  However there is one very important thing to keep in mind as you set up your morning brew that will determine whether you’re drinking medicine or poison.  When it comes to health and nutrition this is an easy place to start making changes that has an immediate impact on the way you feel both mentally and physically.

“Actually, this seems to be the basic need of the human heart in nearly every great crisis – a good hot cup of coffee.” ~ Alexander King

Let’s face it you can hardly go to a 12 Step meeting without passing an enormous pot of coffee and every corner has a Starbuck’s on it these days.  Even in healthcare and holistic environments you will meet many who have no desire to tackle their addiction to the bean.  Whether it’s the ritual, the social attachments or simply the caffeine there is just something about a good cup of coffee (and even the not so good) that we find comforting.  Honestly most of us don’t want to give it up and maybe we don’t have to.  This quote from the Mayo Clinic says coffee may actually provide some significant health benefits,  “Newer studies have also shown that coffee may have benefits, such as protecting against Parkinson’s disease, type 2 diabetes and liver cancer. And it has a high content of antioxidants.”

Still it does make sense to consider where your coffee comes from, especially the stuff you’re making at home.  The coffee bean is one of the most highly sprayed crops when it comes to pesticides as well as being one of the most absorbent.  Now what’s the absolute best way to “wash” bug spray off of coffee beans?  Hmmm… Maybe grinding it up and running really hot water though it?  Yeah, into your coffee pot and then into your cup.  I always thought shaking was just part of being a coffee drinker but it turns out pesticides can do a real number on the nervous system.  Go figure.

The good news is switching to organic pesticide free coffee makes all the difference. True it can be a little more expensive but not much.  Considering the immediate and long term benefits the cost is negligible.  Same taste, same lift, same everything, without wanting to grind your teeth down to rubble.  Of course all things in moderation, excessive amounts of coffee can still cause anxiety, restlessness and irritability.  Caffeine can also cause and exacerbate certain health problems so as always consult your physician if it’s a concern.  For the vast majority of the population though this is an incredibly easy way to improve the way you feel every day with almost zero effort or sacrifice.

Just give it a try and let me know what you think.  Enough said, time for me to go pour myself another cup.  Cheers!

  • CinderellaSue

    some of the best conversations take place over a cup of coffee-on a porch, overlooking a small town :)

  • http://janedoerecovery.com/ Jane

    I love your comments CinderellaSue!  I couldn’t agree more.   I honestly don’t know if it has to do with caffeine as much as it does the memories of comfort that go along with the ritual.  It’s really not the coffee, it’s the company and the conversation.

  • Lovin Life

    This is a great article.  and I agree, coffee is king.  Especially with loved ones on a porch!

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