Making the most of your Morning Coffee

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Making the most of your Morning Coffee

Post by Dr. Hagglund

Of all the things that I get the most hesitation on when suggesting dietary changes, coffee is probably the one many people are most reluctant to give up permanently.  Most people are pleasantly surprised when I tell them that a healthy lifestyle can include your morning cup of Joe with certain conditions.

After living in the Seattle area for over ten years, my appreciation for good coffee has substantially increased.  Well-known as the birthplace of Starbucks, Washington also boasts many other incredibly good coffee roasters.  One of my favorites being Camano Island Coffee, which was just a few minutes from my home when I lived there. 

Back to optimizing our morning cup: Unfortunately, most coffee beans are full of pesticides and mycotoxins (toxins from mold), so it is important to choose organic (as well as fair trade and shade-grown).  Keep consumption to 12oz/day or less and always consume it in the morning hours before noon.  Also, try adding some extra nutrients to spice things up and get the most out of your favorite Joe.  Some tasty and nutritious add-ins that I like are cacao, cinnamon, and adaptogenic mushrooms such as reishi, cordyceps, or lion’s mane.

Dr. Leat Kuzniar ND
Dr. Leat Kuzniar ND
drkuzniar@njnaturopath.com

Dr. Kuzniar is a board member of the New Jersey Association of Naturopathic Physicians and is also a member of the Gastroenterology Association of Naturopathic Physicians. She currently holds a State of Vermont Naturopathic Physician license (as New Jersey does not yet offer licensing for Naturopathic doctors).