What You Should Be Drinking In The Morning (That’s Not Coffee)

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Written by: Kavata Kithome

Are you the sort of person who can’t imagine starting your day until you’ve had your morning coffee? If you’re curious at all about seeing what it would be like to start the day without your usual cup of joe, then read on!

I know, I know, there’s nothing like that aromatic smell, but coffee contains caffeine and is a stimulant to the nervous system. It is dehydrating and consuming too much can increase a number of metabolic effects on the body, such as increased heart rate, increased blood pressure, fatigue, adrenal exhaustion and reduced stomach acid. leading to digestive issues.

I’m not saying you need to give up coffee altogether (I am a health coach, not a savage), but it is helpful to be smart about your caffeine consumption.

Here are some tips for smart coffee consumption:

1. Hydrate before you caffeinate.

I know that in the morning, the quickest thing to do is grab a cup of coffee to go, but first and foremost, make sure you hydrate your body. A mug of warm water with a little lemon wakes up your digestive system and clears away toxins that your body has been accumulating and working to get rid of while you’ve been asleep.

2. Be choosy about the type of coffee you consume.

If possible, purchase from a local vendor or find an organic option that you trust. Not only will you be supporting small business, but you’ll be drinking something far less processed and acidic to your body.

3. The best way to consume coffee is straight up, no chaser

I know adding refined and processed sugary syrups and dairy adds to your coffee, but they deplete what coffee really is. True aficionados would probably agree with me in saying that it isn’t a real coffee with all those added extras!

Maybe drinking coffee straight up is something you just can’t get behind, not to worry. I have drink recipes that I include in my own mornings. They are just as delicious and satisfying as coffee, but a whole lot easier on your system.

Liquid Gold Elixir

This drink should come as no surprise to you on account of my professed love for turmeric. I would shout my love of turmeric and its amazing anti-inflammatory properties from the rooftops.

Heated with a little milk and lots of warming spices, this drink is wonderful for warding off colds and keeping your immune system in tiptop shape. This is a great one to have before bed, too! If you haven’t already been including turmeric in your diet, here’s the perfect way.

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Liquid Gold Elixir
 
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Instructions
  1. Gently heat the milk in a saucepan on the stove. Just before it boils, remove from the heat and add the rest of the ingredients. Whisk everything together until smooth and frothy. Drink as it is, or for an extra foamy treat, add the mix to a high-speed blender. Pour into a cup and enjoy!

Chaga Hot Chocolate

Chaga is a an incredible medicinal mushroom and is considered an adaptogen. It helps your body “adapt” to your inward and outward biological, chemical and physical environments. They provide a balancing effect on the body, predominantly by keeping your stress hormones in check and preventing you from releasing more than what you need in times of crisis.

When combined with raw cacao and coconut milk, you get the tasty benefits of antioxidants and support for your immune system. And with winter afoot, who doesn’t just love a warm cup of hot cocoa? Here is how you make it:

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Chaga Hot Chocolate
 
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Gently heat the milk in a saucepan on the stove. Just before it boils, remove from the heat and add the rest of the ingredients. Whisk everything together until smooth and frothy. Drink as it is, or for an extra foamy treat, add the mix to a high-speed blender. Pour into a cup and enjoy!

Dandy Latte

Those who know me know that I love dandelions, this is because they are great for your digestive system; they stimulate the production of bile, help get the stomach juices flowing and support your liver, all at once. They are like a superhero!

Each part of the plant (stem, leaves and flower) provides its own specific benefits for the body and the taste of the tea has a surprisingly similar flavor to that of coffee. Don’t believe me, try it for yourself:

 

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Dandy Latte
 
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Gently heat the milk in a saucepan on the stove. Just before it boils, remove from the heat and add the rest of the ingredients. Whisk everything together until smooth and frothy. Drink as it is, or for an extra foamy treat, add the mix to a high-speed blender. Pour into a cup and enjoy!

I encourage you try one or all of these amazing drinks and share your experience in the comments below.

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Kavata Kithome

Health Advocate at One More Step
Kavata Kithome is an advocate for living your best life, full of health and longevity. While working closely with gym owners and personal trainers, she was able to sculpt a well-rounded view of fitness and understands how to incorporate it with a healthy balanced diet. She is a regular contributor to the One More Step Lifestyle brand.
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