How to bulletproof your morning coffee with ancient herbs
We rise each morning and initiate a series of tiny rituals to begin our day. The one that unites most of us is our morning coffee. Whether we visit our local coffee shop or cold press it ourselves, over 60% of Americans drink coffee every day.
Besides the fact that the aroma alone perks us up and de-stresses us, there are many benefits to our java consumption. We know that blueberries and goji berries have healthy antioxidants – but did you know that we actually get more antioxidants from coffee than from anything else? We drink coffee and we perform better, both cognitively and athletically. We may keep our brains and our hearts in better shape and have a better chance of avoiding a stroke, heart disease, and Alzheimer’s. Coffee drinkers have a lower level of kidney stones, skin cancer, type 2 diabetes, and cirrhosis of the liver.
Now that you are buzzing from the benefits, you can be more alert and ready to handle the negative side effects of our most beloved beverage.
Coffee can increase inflammation and damage the nervous system. It can interfere with sleep as well as fertility. Coffee is overly acidic – an intestinal irritant that can inflame your digestive tract. This can lead to chronic constipation because it desensitizes the mucosa in the gut to the point where you rely on coffee to jumpstart your digestion. Coffee is also excessively dehydrating and can dry your skin, gut, and respiratory tract. Finally, it also causes what Ayurveda would refer to as “rajasic” or an overly active state of being. Ultimately, we strive to be more “sattvic” or balanced – not too hyper, not too tranquilo.
But fear not! There is a way to counteract the more harmful effects of coffee by following a few simple recommendations for coffee consumption.
- Enjoy your coffee before 10am. According to Ayurveda, between 6 and 10 am is when we have the cool, heavy, and earthy quality about us that can make us feel sluggish. The warm and stimulating quality of coffee counterbalances this and fires up our digestion and our mind.
- Don’t supersize it. Coffee has a medicinal quality in a cup, but the more you drink the more your body dehydrates and can lead to adrenal fatigue.
- Organic beans are best. The pesticide residues remain after roasting leading to a host of other issues that are caused by the toxic chemicals of conventional coffee farming.
- Add herbs and healthy fats to your daily cup (recipe for HANAH Super Brew below)
- HANAH ONE is your missing ingredient for a balanced brew. It punctuates the positives and negates the unsatisfactory side effects that coffee can cause.
HANAH ONE consists of 30 wild-crafted super herbs in a base of Ayurvedic ghee, sesame oil, and honey. Ghee is the penetrator, sending the herbs deeper into the system, while the caffeine in coffee disperses the nutrients and makes them available to your whole body. Though all the herbs synergistically work together, 9 of the herbs in HANAH ONE play prominent roles in counteracting the negative side effects of coffee.
Amalaki: A nourishing anti-inflammatory to cool the inflammation that coffee can cause. It can protect your digestive tract and is also an antioxidant.
Ashwagandha: An anti-inflammatory as well as an adaptogen that will normalize your body’s processes and provide sustained energy where coffee will leave you in the dust. It’s calming flow will also boost your reproductive organs to peak performance, countering coffee’s reputation to cause infertility.
Gotu Kola: A rejuvenative, or rasayana, that is healing for the nervous system.
Cinnamon: Enhances the antioxidant power in coffee and supports the digestive system. It can also replace sugar in your coffee if sweetness is your jam.
Turmeric: The most revered herbal anti-inflammatory. A superstar of late, it has been used daily in India for centuries. It can also boost the benefits of coffee by adding to improved memory function.
Cardamom: An alkalizing herb. It is an antidote to acidic coffee and soothes the sometimes over-stimulating effects.
Long Pepper: Counteracts the insomnia that coffee can cause while boosting its benefits to the heart.
Shatavari: Another antioxidant that will also support both the male and female reproductive organs while providing a boost of healthy energy.
Licorice Root: An adaptogen or “guide drug” that guides other herbs where they will be the most beneficial. Licorice is also an anti-inflammatory that can help heal adrenal fatigue.
Get started with the HANAH Super Brew
12-16 ounces of organic coffee
1 tablespoon HANAH ONE
1 teaspoon coconut oil
1 teaspoon HANAH Vechur Ghee
1 teaspoon ashwagandha powder
Once the coffee is ready, place all of the ingredients together in a blender, and blend until frothy and smooth. The honey in HANAH ONE is a natural sweetener, but if you prefer more sweetness, add some more honey or agave nectar to taste.
Sip and enjoy calm, clear focus and stamina throughout your day.
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