Coffee, there is nothing quite like it on a Monday morning. Even though my relationship with it has been solid for months now, I’m trying to cut down ( it’s me not you coffee I swear)and give my body a break. Being diagnosed with Hashi’s I have to be careful not to put too much stress on my adrenals, which are these tiny but powerful glands that sit on top of our kidneys. ( Cue in “The more you know”🌈)
How do you stress out your adrenals Andrea, are you that unbearable? The answer is yes- but actually coffee has a lot to do with overstimulating these glands. In time and if not corrected, this constant overstimulation can lead to adrenal fatigue.
Let’s break it down:
– Coffee stimulates the adrenal glands, which means that every time you drink coffee, you’re activating the body’s fight-or-flight response. (Your body’s “Come at me bro” moment)
– Instead of releasing adrenaline so the body can react to a true stressor.. working out, throwing punches with a shark.. your regular survival situation, the adrenals are releasing this hormone called cortisol in response to your coffee consumption.
– Cortisol is released and it’s main purpose is to increase the glucose concentration in the blood to make more energy readily available to your muscles but what happens if we don’t use that cortisol at all? It accumulates.. and excess levels of cortisol are bad for you.
Abusing your adrenal glands can lead to fatigue, weight gain, sleep disruption, and many more ailments. The best way to prevent it is cutting caffeine or keeping it to a bare minimum. But dry those tears up now… life without coffee can be just as good!
This ginger turmeric latte will energize you just as well as any cup o’joe.
- Ginger increases circulation so you will have a natural energy boost!
- Turmeric is filled with anti-inflammatory, anti-viral, immune boosting properties that will keep you high fiving yourself throughout the day!
- Cinnamon helps regulate blood sugar levels. What is there NOT to be excited about?
Ginger Turmeric Latte.
- 1 cup unsweetened almond or coconut milk
- 1 heaping tablespoon fresh turmeric root, grated
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger root (or 1 teaspoon ground)
- 2 teaspoons coconut oil
- Raw honey or sweetener of choice to taste
- Gently warm the almond or coconut milk in a small saucepan. Do not boil. Add turmeric, ginger and cinnamon.
- Next, combine the coconut oil with the mixture and gently heat together until melted.
- To create an extra frothy latte, pour the mixture into a high-speed blender. I have a Nutribullet, but beware… turmeric yellow is hard to come off after!
- Stir in honey or sweetener of choice to taste. Sprinkle with cinnamon if desired. ENJOY!!