Heal In: Coffee Blues

Giving up coffee is not an easy task and if this is one of your new year resolutions then you might be looking for some tips on how to reduce your coffee intake. Research and reports on the benefits of coffee or lack of it is seriously conflicting. Coffee is a great source of antioxidants, boosts endurance, increases energy levels, elevates your mood, helps with weight loss and can lower your risk of certain type of diseases (certain type of cancers, type 2 diabetes, Parkinson’s disease). On the negative side, coffee can make you jittery, sabotage sleep, cause dehydration, turn into an addiction, lower emotional intelligence (read hereand spike up your body acidity levels. If you want to read more about the ill effects of coffee then click here, herehere and here.  Coffee in moderation is probably ok but it might not be wise to consume more than 3 cups of coffee per day. Here are a few products that might help you control your coffee intake or even eliminate it.


Coffee With Chicory Blend –

Chicory is a root that is high in vitamin C, is alkaline and makes coffee taste even better. I found this brand called cafe du monde which has chicory in it and this product tastes amazing. You can find it at any health food stores. Going for a chicory blend coffee is a great start because you are just stepping down a bit without completely giving up so you might not suffer from heavy withdrawal symptoms. You can add more chicory to the blend as you get used to the flavor and taste. Read about chicory here.

Herbal coffee – Most herbal coffee blends have chicory in them along with other alkaline ingredients such as barley, rye, almonds, dates and figs. You can try TeeccinoCafix or any other brand in the market.  You can try Teeccino samples, which is a great way to experiment with herbal coffee blends. You can also make your own herbal coffee by mixing chicory, vanilla powder, date powder, cinnamon and dandelion root. Adding cocoa powder to the blend gives it a more mocha like flavor.

The only problem with chicory based coffee or herbal coffee is that it tastes better with milk so if you prefer black coffee then this might not work very well for you. Are you trying to quit coffee or reduce your intake? What do you think of all the conflicting information on coffee?  Would love to know what you think. 


Further Reading –
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All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better.

–  Ralph Waldo Emerson


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  19 comments for “Heal In: Coffee Blues

  1. January 11, 2013 at 5:43 pm

    Wow…very true, coffee is refreshing but at the same time it has affected my health by having hyper acidity. I must try the herbal coffee, wonderful post to stay and be healthy.

    • January 15, 2013 at 7:53 pm

      You should try the herbal coffee. It might help turn your health around. 🙂

  2. January 11, 2013 at 6:12 pm

    I drink copious amounts of herbal tea but I hardly ever touch coffee even though I’ve hard it has some good benefits in moderation. I guess I fear developing a caffeine habit and I’ve never really enjoyed the taste. I never realized there were herbal coffees. They sound intriguing and I might just have to track some down 🙂

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    • January 11, 2013 at 7:30 pm

      It is very easy to develop a caffeine habit. I come from a tea drinking family but somehow I developed a coffee habit and couldn’t let go of it. I’m so glad I found herbal coffee. I sleep better and I don’t have the jittery feeling anymore. You can find herbal coffee in any natural food store or you can make your own. Let me know if you try it. 🙂

  3. January 13, 2013 at 12:47 am

    This was a really interesting post. I must admit, I love coffee…mostly Greek and cappuccino! I don’t drink that much, just a cup a day, except for some weekends when I have two. If I have to ever give it up it will be darn hard! hee hee!

    • January 15, 2013 at 4:03 am

      one cup should be ok. I would love to try Greek coffee. 🙂

  4. January 13, 2013 at 3:25 am

    I never got in to drink coffee. I find it to taste gross

    • January 15, 2013 at 4:08 am

      I know some people who don’t like the taste. Lucky in a way 🙂

  5. January 13, 2013 at 6:29 pm

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  6. January 15, 2013 at 8:25 am

    That is so amazing and informative post.I like your effort so much for that .Nice blog..

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    • January 15, 2013 at 7:51 pm

      Thanks! Hope you find it helpful 🙂

  7. January 15, 2013 at 11:46 am

    Great and interesting post!


  8. January 15, 2013 at 12:21 pm

    I don’t like coffee at all, I usually just drink mineral waters. I really like your blog! I’m glad that I found it! It would be nice if you could stop by my blog sometime too (I’m from England) as I post my outfits, personal style, likes and much more 🙂 🙂


    • January 15, 2013 at 7:55 pm

      Glad you like my blog. Water is the best drink you can reach for. 🙂

  9. January 15, 2013 at 8:51 pm

    I love coffee! I’m an addict and I like to accompany it with a rich chocolate!
    Have a good week! and my g+ for you…

    Besos, desde España, Marcela♥

  10. January 16, 2013 at 1:01 am

    I love my morning coffee and I won’t give that up just yet. I only ever have 1 per day though, so I think it’s OK.

  11. January 16, 2013 at 8:21 am

    I love the coffee smell more than the taste) Chicory based coffee is quite good…

  12. January 17, 2013 at 9:22 pm

    Im ready for my noon time coffee!! Great post!

  13. January 18, 2013 at 9:50 pm

    This is right up my alley I’m a huge coffee drinker and 100% agree my morning wouldn’t be the same without my cup of coffee.

    <3 Marina

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