Yes, Cowan is a coffee lover. However, “there are ways to improve your coffee intake to make sure you get the most out of it without experiencing some drawbacks,” she notes.
First thing’s first: “A lot of people will use coffee to help them go to the bathroom, which is a red flag at first,” she says. Basically, you’ll want to make sure you’re in it for the right reasons. “[Make sure] You’re not using it as a way to promote normal bodily function,” Kwan adds.
It is also important to ensure that you are using high quality coffee beans. Coffee itself can carry a certain type of mycotoxin (meaning, a toxic chemical product produced by fungi), and it can be susceptible to mold contamination depending on how you store it—remember that mold thrives in damp, dark environments. “It is therefore important to have a coffee source that has been tested by a third party for mycotoxins.
Finally, Cowan recommends enhancing the energizing benefits of coffee by combining it with a source of fat — think coconut cream, coconut oil, butter, or ghee. “Something with a bit of protein along with the fat to help emulsify the coffee,” she explains. “Fat will basically bind to caffeine, because caffeine is fat-soluble, and creates a source of caffeine that is released over time, so you don’t get an instant jitter and then crash in the afternoon. Instead, you’re adding to that slow, steady energy that I think Ultimately everyone is looking for it when they go into their work day.” Not to mention, coffee is a good source of antioxidant polyphenols. So feel free to drink!
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