Americans are obsessed with a lot of things: our smart phones, celebrities, and finding a good bargain. But perhaps the thing we’re most obsessed with is good ol’ coffee. For many of us, our mornings are perfectly diabolical without at least a cup or two or three of the stuff. And, come 2 o’clock, when we know in our heart and bones we’ll never make it ‘til five and we need that pick me up, many of us head to the nearest deli or barista to grab a cup of “second wind.”
Here’s just how obsessed we are over our coffee:
• 31% of coffee drinkers brew a cup before they do any other morning behavior.
• 55% of coffee drinkers would rather gain 10 pounds than give up coffee for life.
• 52% of coffee drinkers would rather go without a shower in the morning…show more content… It Messes With Your Digestion
Many of us have our coffee in the morning on an empty stomach. In fact, some of us even brag that our coffee IS our breakfast.
The problem is drinking coffee on an empty stomach stimulates the production of hydrochloric acid (HCI). In the same way eating too much sugar causes problems with insulin production, stimulating HCI but giving it nothing to digest interrupts normal activity. If your body is “forced” to make much HCI because of coffee, it may eventually have a hard time producing enough of it to actually digest a large meal.
The last thing you want is undigested food passing through your small intestines. Undigested protein is linked to a variety of health problems such as bloating, gas, diverticulitis, IBS and even colon cancer.
Yes, it’s delicious, but some of that deliciousness comes from certain compounds in the coffee bean that are quite acidic. These acids can irritate the lining of your stomach and small intestine.
While ulcers are now believed to be caused by the Helicobacter pylori bacteria, many medical experts are pointing to the acidic effect coffee has on the stomach which weakens the lining and allows H. pylori to take hold and wreak…show more content… Did you know that 80% of your immune system is in your gut? Eating, or in this case drinking, probiotics can help balance the delicate system in your gut and help your overall health.
Here’s why you should start drinking coconut water: it’s naturally sweet and delicious, contains bioactive enzymes, and is loaded with rehydrating electrolytes, making it a much healthier choice than many of the sugary sports drinks on the market.
Hot Apple Cider
Hot apple cider is a little sweet and a little tangy, and is completely satisfying when you want a cup of something warm on a chilly morning. Apple cider also offers a lot of health benefits thanks to the fruit’s phytochemicals, which can help prevent and fight many diseases such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and certain forms of cancer. Apple cider vinegar has also been shown to alleviate joint pain and inflammation.
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