Ways to Make Your Morning Coffee Healthier
By Stepy Kamei
For millions of people, the day hasn't truly started until they've taken their first sip of coffee in the morning. Drinking a cup of coffee to start the day isn't just an easy way to get a burst of caffeine and energy -- it's an important morning ritual which can provide comfort and a sense of stability. However, it can't be denied that coffee is not exactly known for being a healthy beverage. Some people may even experience detrimental, adverse effects from coffee, including increased anxiety and digestive issues. Fortunately, there are ways in which you can customize your coffee so that it provides more nutritional benefits. Keep reading to learn about some easy and quick ways you can add more nutritional value to your morning cup of joe.
First, What to Avoid
If you make it a habit to get an elaborate morning drink from your local coffee shop, consider the type of drink you're getting. Is it loaded with sugar, cream, and additives? If so, it may not be the best choice to be starting your morning with a drink that's loaded with sugar and caffeine. This can lead to feelings of anxiety and nervousness, fatigue, and unhealthy spikes and dips in blood sugar levels.
Try your best to limit the amount of sweeteners and additives you put in your morning cup -- or, better yet, make your own coffee at home! That way you always know exactly what's going in your cup, and therefore, your body.
Spices to Add
As you experiment with a healthier way to start your day, this is a great time to try adding some flavorful and nutritious spices to your coffee.
Cinnamon is a great choice -- it adds a nice burst of flavor, and it's also known for its antioxidant properties. Furthermore, cinnamon may also help boost the immune system. It's a perfect topping to go with all types of caffeinated beverages, so give it a try!
If you want to add something spicier into the mix, try dropping in some freshly grated ginger. Ginger has been used medicinally for thousands of years, and it provides all kinds of benefits, including soothing the digestive tract, eliminating nausea, and reducing inflammation throughout the body.
Finally, one of the more recent food trends involves adding mushrooms into your coffee. As weird as it sounds, more and more people are trying out (and liking the taste of Reishi mushrooms in their coffee. You can find a few ready-made coffee brands in grocery stores which already have the mushrooms blended in. Give it a try if you want to experience an earthier and richer brew that can also provide a calming and stress relieving effect.
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