First thing in the morning and we all need coffee to get going. It’s what many of us do before we can even consider heading to work or getting the kids ready for school. We have come to rely on our morning cup of joe to kickstart the day and give us that caffeinated energy we all love and crave. But is it really helping our bodies the way we think it is?
Well, science would argue no on this one. Not only does coffee not give our bodies the energy we need, but it may actually hinder its ability to absorb many vitamins and minerals. While it’s true that caffeine is a stimulant and gives the brain that get up and go- or just, the get through the day feeling, it only has a half-life, which is the amount of time you need to eliminate half the caffeine and start losing its effectiveness, somewhere between 4-6 hours. Meaning, in about 4 hours, around lunch time, we are needing our next latte, cappuccino, Frappuccino, or if you’re like me, another red eye. But coffee naturally acts as a diuretic, meaning it tells your body to let go of everything, even the good stuff. Coffee’s also super rich in tannins, which are naturally occurring organic substances known as polyphenols, but large quantities can inhibit the absorption of calcium, iron, magnesium, and B vitamins.
Many of us fall into the same revolving door of the coffee train. Morning cup, lunch cup, working late means an evening cup, and it can be hard to break the cycle. This is especially true since caffeine gives your brain quick jolts of stimulation, but we are not our car batteries! Coffee is actually telling your body to dump all the nutrients. Many are those that would provide long lasting energy sources like water soluble B vitamins, which are shed out through urination, while also preventing it from absorbing any replacements.
So what do we do when we don’t want to give up coffee, but also don’t want the harmful attributes? Experts say that you should limit coffee consumption to 1-2 cups a day and stay hydrated with extra water and electrolytes along the way. Want to take it a step further, then there’s Bio Coffee. It’s the world’s only alkaline coffee, which is going to combat acidic tannins, and caffeine free. So where does the energy come from? Wheatgrass! Bio Coffee is a way to give your body long lasting energy, without the crash of caffeine and is full of vitamins and minerals. But don’t worry it doesn’t taste like wheatgrass or any other super green. Instead, it tastes like delicious coffee. Bio Coffee will be available at Axios Lifestyle Spa soon, so keep an eye on our Facebook and Instagram for a special tasting and release date!