There seems to be a bit of confusion when it comes to including or excluding coffee for the sake of your health.
Because everyone is different, not every person will have the same reaction to caffeine intake.
While some may need it just to start the day, others will find themselves feeling jittery, experiencing rapid heartbeat or anxiety.
No two cups of coffee are alike either, as there are many factors that determine the quality and healthiness of your coffee.
Don’t fall into the belief that coffee is all bad. Coffee has been proven to help you burn fat, lower your risk of Type II diabetes, protect you from Alzheimer’s and Dementia, and even Parkinson’s (1).
On the flip side, coffee also has its negative side effects. Coffee can cause ulcers, IBS, raise your acidity level as well as irritate the intestinal tract. It’s also highly addictive as it releases the stress hormones cortisol, epinephrine, and norepinephrine (2).
When it comes to making sure your coffee as health friendly as possible, acidity should be considered as a factor.
Acidity in Coffee (and How to Counteract it With THIS Spice)
Your pH level is the measurement given to determine the acidity and alkalinity of the body. When the body becomes overly acidic, the physiologic activity in your body is influenced including your metabolism, pain, and diseases (3).
Unfortunately, coffee contributes to your body’s acidity rate. On the pH scale, coffee falls at about 5.0, where foods that are beneficial to health fall at around 7.4 (4).
While alkaline coffee has yet to be discovered, there is a trick based out of the Middle East that can help reduce its acidity level.
By adding cardamom to coffee, you can actually neutralize it (5). Cardamom helps with digestion, detoxification, blood pressure, and even has anti-inflammatory properties (6). Combining a few pinches of the spice to a 12-ounce cup of coffee will add healing properties as well as a strong and unique flavor.
How To Make Acid-Free Coffee
Turkish coffee has it’s own fan base due to it’s rich and delicious flavor. The secret ingredient to this cup of happiness is cardamom. Try the recipe below to fully appreciate the flavors and health benefits of cardamom-infused coffee.
To make Cardamom coffee you will need the following:
- 1 cup filtered water
- 1 tablespoon of finely ground Arabic coffee
- ⅛ teaspoon ground cardamom
- Sugar (optional) or preferably another low glycemic sweetener (stevia, raw honey)
To brew the coffee, you will need an ibrik (a Turkish coffee pot) if you have one or a saucepan.
- Bring water and sugar to a boil. Remove from heat and add coffee with cardamom.
- Return to heat to bring to boil again until the coffee foams, then remove from heat.
- Repeat step 2.
- Pour in a cup. Let stand for a few minutes, and serve (do not stir)
- The #1 Food To Avoid If You Have High Blood Pressure
Many people struggle with high blood pressure – almost 30 percent of Americans have high blood pressure, and medications to …
- Prepare Ginger THIS Way to Prevent Cancer, Reduce Cholesterol And Lower Blood Sugar Levels!
How do you like your ginger? Do you stir-fry it, bake with it, or steep it as a tea? There …
- 27 Healthy Snacks That Will Help You Lose Weight Without Even Trying
Obesity isn’t a small problem, it’s actually a life-threatening condition that directly causes a multitude of other illnesses, including diabetes, …
- Coconut Milk and Turmeric Recipe to Detox Organs and Fight Inflammation Fast
There’s nothing like a nice hot beverage first thing in the morning to warm up and prepare you for a …
- 5 Shocking Reasons to Rethink Chicken
When it comes to your health, you have to be able to trust the provider of the food you eat. …
- 10 Vitamin And Mineral Deficiencies That’s Draining You of Your Energy
Have you noticed how fatigue interrupts your life and makes you feel weak? Have you noticed how it lowers the …
- 5 Athlete-Building Beetroot Recipes
Beetroot has taken center stage since the 2013 Paralympics when athlete David Weir won four gold medals and boasted it was …
- Enjoy the Outdoors With These Picnic-Ready Recipes
Lots of warm and sunny weather means packing up the picnic basket for an outdoor meal. Luckily, there are tons …
- “The Fast Metabolism Diet”: Fad Crash Diet, or Long-term Lifestyle Change?
The Fast Metabolism Diet: Eat More Food and Lose More Weight is currently one of Amazon’s top five new bestsellers …
- Organic Food – Who Can We Trust?
(originally written by Jonathan Landsman) Organic food is big business. According to the Organic Trade Association, U.S. sales of organic food …
- These Super Healthy Turmeric Coconut Cream Cups Are Easy To Make At Home!
If you’re looking for a way to get more superfoods into your diet. This recipe is going to be your …
- More than Dessert: 5 Healthy Dark Chocolate Recipes
Dark chocolate brings a huge antioxidant boost to dishes, as well as an unorthodox flavor profile. In fact, dark chocolate …
- An Idiot’s Guide To Post Workout Recovery Drinks
(originally written by Andrew Read) Ever since man stopped struggling to survive and got to the point where there was enough …
- 5 Warning Signs You Might Be Addicted To Caffeine
Many people don’t realize that caffeine is a psychoactive drug, and that it is the most commonly used globally. More …
- 5 Surprising Reasons Why Coconut Flour Might Just Be Better For You
Coconut flour is a flour made from coconut solids that have been ground into a very fine powder. It has …