Rise and shine – and it’s caffeine time! If you’re an avid coffee drinker, it can be hard to imagine what your life would be like without your morning life water. But how good for you is it really? With women consuming, on average 3.1 cups per day, it’s an important question to consider.
Coffee has been a controversial subject practically from the beginning when it was discovered in the 9th Century in Ethiopia. Since this time, coffee has played an important role in many societies throughout modern history. In Africa it was used in religious ceremonies, and later banned by many churches in the region. It was later banned in Ottoman, Turkey in the 17th century for political reasons, and most recently was associated with rebellious political activities in Europe. Even today, your local coffee shop may be a hotbed of political, social, or religious debate.
Regardless of the controversial history of coffee, it remains one of the most consumed beverages in this country. From a Chinese medicine perspective, coffee’s actions on the body were not fully explored until the 20th century because coffee never played a major role in eastern Asia. Today, coffee is viewed as a beverage that provides a great deal of energy (qi), but at the price of stripping away your reserves (jing).
Chinese Medicine views coffee as a beverage that transforms your stored energy into usable fuel. When you drink coffee, it is sort of like drawing juice from your battery, and if you do not engage in activities that replenish your battery, eventually you will run out. This concept is easily seen by the fact that the longer you drink coffee, the more you need to consume to get that same caffeinated feel you had when you first started. By any account, coffee is not the answer to your fatigue, it is really only masking it and ultimately making your fatigue worse.
Teas are a great alternative to coffee and although at first they may seem to not provide you with that caffeine boost you may be accustomed to, they will in help in time. If giving up your daily cup of joe is not an option at this time, try limiting yourself to one cup in the morning followed by 5-10 minutes of light exercise, yoga, or qigong. Exercise in the morning will work just like coffee without draining the precious reserves you need to keep yourself happy, healthy, and energized. Have some more questions about nutrition? Give us a call! We’re happy to provide a free consultation.