Last week I discussed why coffee may not be the best thing for you. But all is not gloom and doom.

This blog is about how to get the most out of your coffee and protect your health.

As I mentioned last time, coffee is one of the highest sprayed crops in the world. Chemicals like pesticides wreck havoc on our hormones. They mimic estrogen and alter the natural functions of organs that are sensitive to estrogen – uterus, breasts, immune and neurological systems. Also, they get dissolved in fat cells and these fat cells get deposited around the legs, hips and glutes.

Drinking organic coffee is a great way to minimize exposure to these hormones disruptors and get the benefits of coffee.

Caffeine in coffee raises your cortisol or stress hormone. Elevated cortisol is related to fat deposits across the belly button. Drinking coffee after 3pm, disrupts sleep quality due to elevated cortisol. As a result you may either wake up in the middle of the night (usually between 1am and 3am) OR wake up tired in the morning. Limit your coffee intake to 2 cups daily BEFORE 3pm!

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Another great way to continue to reap the benefits of coffee is to take 1-2 weeks off of it. This will give some time to your adrenal glands to relax and not produce as much stress hormone. During this time, it is a good idea to increase your intake of B vitamins, powdered greens and support your adrenals with adaptogens.

Avoid using any other stimulants in order to keep cortisol in check and not burn out the adrenal glands. Adrenal fatigue is a common issue and a source of a lot of others.

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Lastly, add fats to your coffee to slow down absorption of caffeine. This not only acts like a slow fat burner (even better with carnitine and fish oil pre-workout), but also allows the effects on your focus and performance to last longer. Fats like coconut oil or coconut cream work well. Tastes great too.

There you have it! Some practical ways to enjoy coffee and its benefits without hurting your health.