A splash of Ayurveda in your coffee

In Ayurveda, everything in nature is considered medicine or poison, especially food. Let’s have a close look at coffee. We can now have access to a wide range of coffee and the possibilities to consume it are numerous. It is mainly bitter and sour. Caffeine acts as a stimulant of the digestive and nervous systems. However, its long-term effects in too much quantity can also lead to a form of addiction in addition to overstimulating the adrenal glands that may deplete the body’s reserves.

Here are some tips to take into consideration for your coffee consumption:

* Try to consume organic coffee. Coffee is grown in places that use very strong pesticides and chemicals which have a detrimental effect on the body and especially the hormonal system.

* Limit yourself to an espresso or half a cup of coffee a day. Increased consumption will dry out your system (skin, digestive system, respiratory tract), become an irritant and you may develop a sense of addiction (by the activation of dopamine).

* Have your coffee before noon, during or after a meal. Drinking coffee on an empty stomach will irritate the mucous membranes of your digestive system. In the morning think to drink at least a glass of hot or room temperature water before you drink your coffee.

* Add a pinch of cardamom to your coffee. This spice is known to mitigate acidity.

* If you are sensitive to caffeine but love the taste of coffee, consider a natural water process organic decaf

* If you are feeling anxious, dehydrated, or have difficulty sleeping, try chamomile, tulsi tea or your favorite herbal coffee substitute.

Eléonore Piquet