Daybreak: Managing Your Coffee Habit In 3 Easy Steps Daybreak: Managing Your Coffee Habit In 3 Easy StepsApril 20, 2016 in Media, TravelShare ThisFacebookPinterestTwitterPrintemailOn your second cup of coffee already? Yeah, it happens. Research shows that having a cup of coffee each day may actually be beneficial to your health providing a wide range of antioxidants and polyphenols. However, its when we consume too much of it, that’s when health problems start to arise. Caffeine causes your dopamine levels to rise (hello addiction!) and taps into your adrenal glands to release adrenaline, putting your body and brain on high alert. Add in a large dose of processed and sugar-laden dairy creamer and you have a recipe for major body disarray. So take a look at my top tips to consuming coffee in a more healthful way. Watch the quick morning news segment on Denver’s Daybreak on Channel 2 and read below for more information and outlined tips! Tip #1: Swap a Healthy Creamer – It may be no surprise that processed dairy creamers can make your morning cup-of-joe incredibly unhealthy. But you don’t have to give up that creaminess just yet. You can make your own creamer at home and add in some extra nutritional superfoods in the process – which makes you feel really good about your coffee rather than ridden with guilt. Try out my favorite creamer. I use a high speed blender but if you don’t have one you can simply use pre-soaked nuts. My creamer contains cashews, hemp seeds, dates, vanilla, sea salt, and powdered mushrooms for an extra boost. Blend it all together with a little water and you get a delicious addition to your coffee! Recipe: 1 cup water, 1/4 cup cashews (soaked if not using a high speed blender), two pitted dates, 1 tsp vanilla extract, and a pinch of sea salt. I like to add a little mushroom powder in there as well for a nutritional boost. Blend it all together (about 1 minute in a high speed blender) and pour into coffee immediately. Tip #2: Wean Yourself Down or Take A Break – giving up coffee can be difficult physiologically and emotionally. So going cold turkey isn’t always the best answer if you want long-term success. Try these techniques to weaning down (0r off) caffeine the smart way. Try replacing your habit with a high caffeine tea like green, white or black tea which is still half the caffeine as a cup of coffee. Another one to try is having your cup of coffee, then, instead of going for a second cup have a hot water with lemon or some herbal tea. This way you’re still getting a warm cup of liquid which satisfies that behavioral habit. This also helps you re-hydrate giving your skill a bright and bouncy look! One more option is to try Chicory Root which is roasted and has a coffee flavor without the caffeine. Amazon is a great place to purchase whole chicory root or you may be able to find a delicious blend from a local apothecary. If you’re in the Denver area, try Apothecary Tinctura for the more delectable morning blend. Tip #3: Reduce Adrenal Fatigue – if you easily drink a cup of coffee before bed and still have a good night’s sleep, this is a problem because it indicates your adrenals are overworked and are no longer functioning. Adrenals are the size of walnuts and they sit right above your kidneys. They control the proper functioning of every organ in your body during stress. When this is burnt out, you will experience a whole host of issues from chronic pain and tiredness to weight gain. How do we tackle this? First, wean yourself down like we just mentioned. Then you can add adaptogens which help stabilize sensitives to stress. These herbs are very powerful so it’s important to consult with you health practitioner before adding these to your diet. My favorites are Tulsi Tea (aka Holy Basil), Ashwghanda, Maca Powder, and Moringa Oleifera. You can simply add these to your creamer, as an ingredient in your recipes, or take them in supplement form.