Updated: Jun 28, 2020
I love a nice strong coffee - always have. Being part German, coffee and cake is embedded in our family culture and tradition. Following Ayurveda does not mean you never drink coffee. In fact, can coffee benefit your health BUT it means consuming in moderation and in accordance to your body type. However, coffee still is a stimulant and Rajasic in quality, even with its health benefits. If you are looking to balance a health condition or consume a Sattvic diet (pure, totally harmonious operation between all three doshas), coffee is not recommended.
BENEFITS OF COFFEE
Improves brain function in terms of memory and thinking skills,
Lowers the risk of type II diabetes,
Lowers risk of Dementia and Parkinson’s disease,
Lowers rates of depression and,
Lowers rates of liver and colorectal cancer.
The first thing to consider when drinking coffee, is to monitor the amount to which you consume. 2-3+ more coffees a day is considered standard by many, and this is simply far too much. A single coffee a day is plenty, and make it high quality and fair trade if you can.
ADJUSTMENTS FOR BODY TYPES - DOSHA TIPS
Because of coffees bitter nature, Vata body types should limit coffee as much as possible. If you are going to have it, make it weak and add plenty of warm pre-boiled milk with a sprinkle of digestive spices like cinnamon and cardamom.
Again, for this hot body type, coffee should be limited and consumed in the morning only (in order to give this dosha time to digest it during the day). Take your coffee slightly weaker, minimal cows milk (if any) and replace with coconut milk and also digestive spices.
Coffee can be a brilliant stimulant for Kapha body types, who quite often need a pick me up to get moving and engaged with the day. A strong black coffee can be taken in the morning during the Kapha dominated hours, limit the milk too.
Like anything though - relish in the moments of your coffee time. Be present and enjoy every sip of this liquid gold.
Light and love,
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