Author: Sally Goldfinger
THE HEALTHIEST WAY TO DRINK COFFEE AND BLACK TEA
Coffee and black tea is enjoyed by people all over the world, every single day. For some people a cup of coffee or a cup of black tea is a ritual, they can’t live without. To me, coffee is my happy pleasure, and I really enjoy the smell and taste of good coffee.
To some people coffee and black tea is seen as unhealthy. There is a concern around bone health and the consumption of coffee and black tea. However, research shows time and time again that coffee and black tea doesn’t effect our bone health, as long as we have a good and healthy diet. And as long as we consume the drinks in moderation.
HOW MUCH COFFEE
If you enjoy coffee, having 3-4 cups a day will not affect your bone health. If the consumption is more than 4-5 cups a day, this can affect the calcium levels in your bones. When the body is deprived from calcium, it begins to take calcium away from the bones. So stick to max 3-4 coffees a day, and don’t worry so much about coffee. There are plenty of studies that show that in moderation, drinking coffee has no effect on bone health. If you don’t have reactions to coffee (bloating, diarrhea, anxiety, shaking, etc), there is not reason to remove coffee from your diet.
WHEN TO DRINK COFFEE
The healthiest way to drink coffee is in-between meals, never right after a meal. If you want to be sure your body absorbs all nutrients from your food, then avoid having coffee right after a meal (right after lunch and dinner). Now and again that’s okay during social gatherings, but not on a daily basis. Wait an hour and enjoy your coffee in-between your main meals together with a snack, if you’d like.
If you feel hunger it isn’t a good idea to fill yourself up with coffee. This can lead to headaches, dizziness and an extreme “hunger attack” later in the day. Enjoy coffee in-between your meals but never as a substitute for a meal.
A key ingredient in black tea that are flavonoids. This is thought to benefit bone health. An interesting study done in Australia, found that those who drank at least three cups of black tea a day had a 30% lower risk of having any osteoporosis-related fracture compared with women who rarely drank black tea. The study was also unique in that it looked exclusively at women aged 75 and above, a high-risk age group.
COFFEE OR TEA
Coffee or tea? If you enjoy drinking coffee or tea, or both, then continue doing so. We live in a time period where people put so many food items on a “black list”, and believe that the only way to health is beetroot juice, raw salads and cold green smoothies.
Yet, I see that people who live on the “modern diet trends” are the most unhealthy, and it is very common to see that “the modern diet trend-people”, have major issues with their digestive health, bloating, uncontrollable eating habits (binge), constipation and more.
I myself live accordingly to Ayurveda, and have done so for 13 years of my life. I still drink coffee, black tea and I eat bread, too. My health and immunity is strong and healthier than most 23-30 years olds. I am a living proof that Ayurveda works. That itself is research too.
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