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Is this you?. . . Wake up, insert coffee and begin my day!

One of the most popular mood-altering substances throughout the world is caffeine, found in coffee, tea, soda, or energy drinks that many people consume throughout the day. Caffeine is, essentially, an adrenaline delivery system that jolts the body’s central nervous system to help enhance alertness, concentration, and mental and physical performance. In the short term, this jolting action wakes us up and gets us going. In the long term, the constant and unnatural stimulation of our nerves creates stress that damages the resilience of the immune system, which protects against disease.

I see so many clients who rely on caffeine to keep up with the pace of modern life, and coffee itself helps to create the nervous energy of this pace.

Drinking coffee isn’t just a matter of personal taste. It has become a cultural habit and a form of comfort. It’s warm. It’s foamy, and it tastes good with sugar, chocolate powder, or cinnamon on top. It’s an enjoyable social moment, a ritual, and a symbol of dynamic, busy working people. Some like to talk about the aroma and the flavour, or of various coffee brands, just as they enthuse about certain vintage wines, and it’s true to a point. But if you are knocking back a bottle of cabernet a day, it’s not just the taste that’s attracting you. It’s the same with coffee. If you’re drinking large quantities throughout the day, you most likely have an addiction.

While a morning cup of coffee or a cup of black tea might be fine, you want to be sure that you are not using caffeine as a crutch to make up for lack of adequate sleep or the need to hustle through your day regardless of your energy levels. In the long run, this behaviour is not mindful; of what your body really needs.

( Credit IIN – Joshua Rosenthal)

Alternatives to Coffee:

*Green Tea

*Ginger Tea

If you must have coffee try making a more nutritious coffee with this recipe: Healthy Coffee Pick Me UP

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