Many people are physically, mentally and emotionally addicted to coffee. Coffee is a powerful drug that can create dependency, and this is illustrated by the fact that withdrawl from it can create headaches and intense cravings for it.
The high amount of caffeine in coffee up-regulates glycolytic enzymes as well as causing the adrenal glands to produce more cortisol and adrenaline. With its increase in adrenal function, coffee without sugar can indirectly cause an elevation in blood sugar.
Coffee is also a diuretic and can cause the excretion of certain minerals such as calcium.
There are a number of good coffee substitutes on the market. In Ayurveda, the Indian sister science of yoga, certain herbs like Brahmi, Ashwagandha and Shatvari are combined to function as a coffee alternative. These herbs have numerous healing qualities. Ashwagandha for example is “adaptogenic” meaning it can work in the body for a number of different functions.
Techinno is another very common coffee substitute that contains Chicory Root and a number of other herbs.
My favorite coffee substitute is one made of raw ingredients and is something you can make at home very quickly.
RAW Coffee Substitute
- 12- 16 oz. of Natural Sparkling mineral water
- RAW and unpasteurized apple cider vinegar
- 1/4 – 1/2 organic lemon or lime
- 1 tablespoon, RAW, unheated honey (optional)
Heat the water but don’t boil it. Boiling the water destroys nutrients and enzymes. The water when heated should be warm to the touch but still tolerable when you put your finger in it for 5 seconds.
Pour the water in a glass or mug and then add 1 tablespoon of raw, unpasteurized apple cider vinegar. Squeeze desired amount of a fresh, organic lemon or lime. If you like add 1 tablespoon of RAW, unheated honey. Mix vigorously with a spoon and enjoy!
Good quality mineral water has lots of minerals and the natural co2 adds a sparkling taste that is palatable. Raw apple cider vinegar contains high quality, viable probiotic cultures helping to improve instestinal motility. Raw apple cider vinegar’s acidity helps to regulate healthy stomach pH, and by itself can be an immediate remedy for acid indigestion for many people. Fresh lemons and limes contain high amounts of vitamin c, as well as antioxidants such as flavonoids and carotenoids. Lemon is long known for its ability to improve liver function and liver detoxification.
I think of raw, unheated honey as more of a medicine than a food. Its high enzyme activity has numerous medicinal applications both when ingested as well as when used topically. Raw, unheated honey is my #1 topical healing agent whenever I have cuts or exposed skin. Raw honey is also a viable source of B-vitamins and contains numeorus minerals including calcium, potassium, magnesium, zinc and iron. For these reasons, raw, unheated honey is my #1 recommendation for sweeteners. Raw honey will not cause dental deterioration like other sweets will.