If you’re like the millions of people around the world who can’t start their day without a piping-hot cup of coffee, you might want to consider some ways to turn this daily ritual into a choice packed with wellness benefits. The addictive nature of coffee means people tend to drink more than one cup throughout the day, but excessive consumption can lead to insomnia, digestive issues, anxiety, and muscle tremors.
Beyond cutting back, there are five other key ways to transform your cup of coffee into a cup of liquid health. Read on for five additions, subtractions, or substitutions that you should make in order to maximize your coffee’s benefits, which include way more than stimulating your system or keeping you awake.
Spice It Up
A pinch of cinnamon or a drizzle of cinnamon oil can make a creamy cup of coffee taste surprisingly delicious, but there are also health reasons for including a bit of spice in your morning cup of Joe. Cinnamon has been linked to lower glucose levels and an improved lipid profile, which means people with a sluggish metabolism, diabetes, or insulin resistance will especially benefit. Cinnamon’s stimulating aroma will also help perk up your brain when the fog of sleep is keeping you dull in the morning.
Keto and Paleo dieters are already aware of the energy-improving benefits of adding a healthy protein to their morning cup of coffee. The protein in question is cream – whole, heavy cream (not watery half-and-half, soy milk, skim milk, or regular milk). Whole, heavy cream is rich with animal fats and protein and makes for a satisfying cup that will leave you feeling full. In fact, many Keto and Paleo dieters treat this as a full breakfast, with a side of energy that lasts them until lunchtime.
Dump the Sweet Stuff
For those who never adapted to the bitter flavor of coffee, sugar is a non-negotiable addition. However, drinking lots of sugared coffee not only prepares the body for an energy crash, but it also contributes to blood-sugar spikes that can have you making unhealthy meal and snack choices throughout the day. Compromise by reaching for a good substitute like Stevia or a touch of honey.
Make It Bulletproof
Bulletproof Coffee – or coffee that has been blended with grass-fed butter and MCT oil – became one of the bigger diet trends of 2014, complete with celebrity endorsements from the likes of Harry Styles and Jennifer Aniston. Its creator, Dave Asprey, claims some fairly outrageous health benefits, including weight loss. However, we tried Bulletproof Coffee at the peak of the fad and found that, while there isn’t concrete evidence that it results in weight loss, it does help with an overall feeling of fullness and improves energy levels and mental clarity.
Repair with Collagen
Collagen, a protein abundant in the human body and that holds it together, can be an incredibly beneficial addition to your morning cup of coffee – at least in powdered form. This relatively flavorless powder is wonderful for people who work out frequently, as collagen has been linked to a reduction in joint pain. It also reduces inflammation and aids in healthy-tissue repair according to research, and a regular dose can improve skin elasticity as well.