Coffee lovers are some of the most passionate people I've met in my life. You will know you have found one when they are told that their precious coffee can be no more and you are able to simply observe their reaction (truth time... sometimes meltdown lol). It is in this moment, you will know... THIS is a passionate coffee drinker!
I find it fascinating the hold that coffee has on so many and in fairness to those coffee drinkers (you may be one of them), I have never been a coffee drinker and so truthfully I just don't know what it feels like to sip the "nectar of the gods" as I've heard it put before.
What I can tell you is a little bit about what that coffee is doing to your bowels and if you are struggling with your poops, you may want to listen up!
Coffee & your poop
You may have noticed that after having your morning cup of jo that you are met with a date with the toilet. There is no doubt that coffee can stimulate a bowel movement and it does so by increasing the peristalsis (muscle movement) of your intestines. Does that mean if you are constipated, coffee in the fix?
Heck no! While it does increase peristalsis, in doing so it shortens the amount of time your intestines have to perform it's duties like absorbing nutrients from your foods and re-absorbing water to help produced well formed stools.
So, if you are pooping every morning thinking your poops are perfect, if it is after a coffee, well, that's cheating so let's chat about some coffee free alternatives that won't have you dragging your butt through the day and messing up your perfect poops.
Coffee Swaps Without The Crash
For a gentle intro into coffee free land, let's get you started on some lightly caffeinated options. A little bit of energy support never hurt anyone and we can do so without hurting your guts too.
Yerba mate tea is made from the leaves of a shrub and is traditionally used as a digestive aid. Shown to stimulate bile production and other gastic juices, this coffee swap will result in improved digestion and elimination.
Easily brewed, like a tea, Mate Factors Yerba Mate Tea makes transitioning easily with their variety of flavours from lemon and caradomom spice to their full bodied dark roast for the hard core coffee lover.
Matcha is specially grown and harvested from green tea leaves. This gentle energy booster will not only support your energy levels, but contains an amino acid, l-theanine, known for calming the brain waves and aiding in anxiety.
While your coffee has you all worked up, your new matcha latte or tea will have you alert yet calm and collected.
For those that do not. tolerate caffeine well, there is hope! I've got you covered with caffeine free coffee alernatives!
Dandy Blend is a popular brand of coffee alternative that offers a very similar texture and flavour to coffee all while being caffeine and gluten free! Now, being a non-coffee drinker, I can't speak from personal experience, but word on the street is this coffee swap is the bees knees, the cats meow, the must have in your pantry pick!
Now, there are many other options out there for coffee swaps like chicory root coffee, endless herbal teas, all the way to just drinking more water, but the best of the best swaps to start with is hands down yerba mate, matcha and Dandy Blend.
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