Coffee…the magical elixir that gives us life. We already love it, but what if it could also make you more beautiful, reduce inflammation, taste great, AND last longer?
Here are a few things you can add to your coffee to give it a little extra UMPH
- Turmeric and pepper
I see those questioning eyes. I know it sounds strange. But I swear it works! Turmeric, that (very trendy) yellow spice used to make curry, is an anti-oxidant well known in the wellness world for decreasing inflammation in the body. That alone is enough, but if you really want to increase the effects, just add a dash of pepper. Without getting too far into the biology, the bioavailability of turmeric (or the amount that enters into circulation) is higher when consumed with pepper, thus making the anti-inflammatory effect even higher. Add to your grounds or straight into your mug.
Ever since the rise of Bulletproof coffee, fats in your coffee seems to be all the rage…and rightfully so. Adding fats to your coffee increases caffeine absorption, which keeps you feeling the effects for a longer period of time. And if you’ve ever gotten a stomach ache from the acidity in coffee, fats act as a great neutralizer. Try adding butter/ghee or coconut oil to your next cup.
- Nut pods
I love a good flavored creamer (pumpkin spice what upppp)…but unfortunately a lot of creamers have a ton of additives and artificial sweeteners that are just not good for you (especially when we drink them every day). Look at the back of the bottle and see how many ingredients you can pronounce. Good luck. BUT I recently found Nut Pods, and absolutely love them! No sweeteners, GMOs, or artificial flavors and they’re made from almonds and coconuts, so it’s dairy free! Find them on Amazon here and visit their site for fun recipes.
Another big trend in the wellness world is collagen peptides. Yes, collagen as in the stuff you find in anti-aging face creams. Collagen is a protein that helps keep our skin moisturized and elastic and our hair, nails, bones, and joints strong. As we get older our bodies produce less and less. Ingesting supplements stimulates your body into producing more collagen. My brand of choice is currently Vital Proteins. I buy the original because it’s tasteless and gives me freedom to put in anything (smoothies, water, etc). But they also offer flavors if that’s something you’re into. My hair and nails have never grown faster, and it’s also a great source of protein.
So there you have it. Now go upgrade your coffee, and tell me what you think!