this morning during my regular massage I had a discussion with our fantastic Ayurveda doctor about that famous, loved & hated, black drink in a cup: coffee.
Just as old as the picturesque and fascinating history of coffee is the discussion whether it is actually good for you or rather harmful. And basically I must say our doctor confirmed my idea. With coffee it is like with all things in life (except for love, you can never get and give enough love): the right quantity is the secret!
Obviously it is unhealthy to have about 10 cups of coffee / day or to live just of coffee. But there lies no harm in 1-2 cups of black coffee / day. For most people. Healthy people. People without stomach problems. Some people – like our doctor – even use it as a sleeping remedy :O. Would not work for me. But here again I have to combine the Ayurvedic thinking with my background as a Nutritionist – a thing I like to do since I am always in favor of finding the best solutions in any system and combining them: coffee is not recommended for Pitta constitution even though – as it always is – they are the ones, who crave it most since it fires up their anyway high energy level and thus supports it. For Vata (if not already super nervous) and Kapha coffee can even be medicine, it gives a push to digestion and metabolism and stimulates the sometimes lethargic Kapha. Coffee widens the blood vessels and thus can even be a remedy for Asthma. A very efficient headache killer is espresso with lime juice.
Coffee has always had a medicinal value before it became the devil. True is that coffee enhances the production of acid in our bodies. You might want to balance that through a very alkaline diet, which you should (and I keep stressing this!) stick to anyway. But again: don’t overdose on coffee and the health factors will prevail (always depending on your overall health).
Some health facts about coffee:
-it is known to improve memory, even just 200mg improve your learning abilities.
-you’ve probably already liked a cup of black coffee with a nice piece of dark chocolate? Noticed anything after consumption? Well, it is a great stimulant for sex. Especially women react to the stimulation of coffee in the respective areas of the brain.
-coffee can ease pain (see my note on headache above), also muscle pain.
-coffee is full of antioxidant and antibacterial matters, thus it is known to aid in the prevention of skin cancer (again though especially in women according to recent studies) and help against bad breath (drink it without milk though!).
-coffee is a known antidepressiva, its mere perfume calms our senses.
But: always remember that a high consumption of coffee makes you an addict, whether you like it or not. The constant stimulation alters your nerve cells and raises your stimulation level and if then you have to get off coffee you will experience deprivation symptoms. Also be aware to look for an excellent quality coffee, there are types higher and lower in acidity. As with all your food and drinks control where the coffee comes from and how it has been roasted.
For nervous people if they cannot avoid coffee altogether my advice is to go for decaffeinated coffee. I always used to make fun of people, who drink decaf, but in the end it does make sense. You get the good things, which are in the black bean, but you avoid the over stimulation, which makes decaf less aggressive for your body.
You are thinking about your next cuppa now? Why not try a delicious recipe which uses coffee? Just remember to probably have it for lunch, otherwise your sleep might be disturbed….
“The coffee will help with post-resurrection synapse realignment. Trust me.”
(A. Christopher, Hang Wire)