Is coffee good or bad for you? This is a question that most of you have probably asked yourself once in your life and have still yet to find a solid answer. Sure, there are lots of studies out there now that can either support or oppose whether coffee is good for you. I’m sure most of you have heard that drinking coffee is proven to lower your risk of Type 2 Diabetes BUT it is also proven to increase the risk of heart disease. So, should you be drinking this addictive cup of goodness or not? As a tea lover, my biased self would sit here and tell you all the reasons why you should stop drinking coffee and drink tea instead. But I’m not going to do that. In a world where over 80% of Americans are consuming an average of 3 cups of coffee per day and 146 billion cups of coffee are sold each year, I have decided to educate you on this popular drink and show you how you can increase your cup of joe and make it more brewtiful (I know I’m sorry I had to).
Coffee gets a bad reputation for causing jitters, stomach discomfort, caffeine crashes, even cancer. You’ll even hear that acidic coffee causes osteoporosis. Although some of these symptoms and side effects can be true, I want to show you the benefits of drinking coffee and how not all cups of coffee are the same. If you continue reading you can learn how to drink 1-2 cups of your precious coffee each day and experience the health benefits without the problems coffee apparently causes.
People don’t realize it, but different processing methods behind coffee introduce different amounts of potent toxins into the coffee depending on how much and how long the coffee is allowed to ferment and on how damaged the beans were before roasting. That is why it is useful to learn how to avoid getting a cupful of neuroactive mycotoxins along with your caffeine, theobromine, and theophylline. Just like the food you put into your body, the quality of your coffee matters. Certified Clean Coffee Beans give you the mental edge and energy you need to thrive. Crappy coffee can sap your energy and hurt your performance. I recommend researching your coffee beans and making sure you are using the cleanest beans. One type I have heard that is good (but I have not tried) is Upgraded Coffee. But in simple words: Good Coffee = Good Performance and Bad Coffee = Bad Health.
Now for the multiple benefits of drinking coffee:
- Long term coffee consumption is associated with a lower risk of type-2 diabetes. The more coffee you drink, the lower the risk.
- Coffee consumption is associated with increased insulin sensitivity and improved beta function.
- Women who drink coffee are less likely to suffer memory loss later in life.
- Women who drink coffee are less likely to develop depression.
- Women who drink coffee are less likely to develop breast cancer.
As you can see, there is a fair amount of observational data in support of drinking coffee. But so what? I mean the last thing we want is to fall into this trap like millions of Americans did when studies came out on the high-carb, no fat diets. Correlation does not prove causation, but it does make us wonder… What can coffee do for me?
Here are some reasons why you drinking coffee can be a good idea for your health and performance and how you can make a quality cup of coffee that will help you function and feel your best!
Better Memory Recall
Bioflavonoids in coffee can actually make you smarter by intensifying neuronal firing in the brain. This means your brain cells will communicate faster so thoughts come more quickly and you’ll have better recall. Coffee can also protect your brain as you age. You can learn more about the cognitive benefits here.
Be careful, however, because studies have also shown that chronic high dose of caffeine can cause decreased blood flow to the brain. Smaller doses of coffee on a daily basis is beneficial. Large doses all the time can be detrimental.
High Antioxidant Content
For Americans, coffee is the number one source of antioxidants. If you’re eating an average American diet, coffee might be one of your top health foods (minus the large amounts of added sugar).
Coffee contains numerous antioxidants, but what you might not have known is that caffeine is an antioxidant. The caffeine in cocoa, tea, and coffee is a powerful antioxidant that can even protect against Alzheimers. And roasted coffee beans have a higher antioxidant content.
Enhanced Insulin Sensitivity
It has been thought that reasonable amounts of caffeine can improve insulin sensitivity and other markers of glucose tolerance.
Coffee is also a rich source of polyphenols which can improve carbohydrate metabolism.
Coffee is a potent thermogenic. It increases metabolic rate and stimulates movement. It also increases fat mobilization and oxidation which promotes fat loss. If you pair coffee with the two other ingredients I will share with you shortly, it has been proven to make people burn fat faster.
Caffeine is a ergogenic acid, which means it increases power output. If taken before a workout, caffeine could improve your performance and give you an edge over your opponents.
But none of these benefits mean anything if you are drinking the wrong type of coffee! (Yes, I’m looking at you holding the Dunkin Donuts or Wawa lattes loaded with syrups and added sugars).
*IMPORTANT: Be even more careful with your decaf coffee sources. For decaf, most coffee processors use the lowest quality beans with the most toxins for decaf. Even the Swiss water process doesn’t use higher quality beans. Once an already damaged bean is stripped of it’s caffeine, until it is roasted, it is at an even higher risk of mold infection as caffeine has a protective effect against mycotoxins. Besides its lower antioxidant value, unless it is carefully processed, decaf is practically guaranteed to contain mold toxins or other bad stuff. Learn more about safe decaf in this article.
The Secret to Bulletproof Coffee
Now that I have touched on coffee in general, I want to tell you how you can add an extra kick to your everyday coffee so you can feel your best without the jitters and annoying side effects (headaches, stomach discomfort, crash).
Bulletproof Coffee is a high-performance drink that has a massive impact on your energy and cognitive function. It has helped many people from CEOs, athletes, to working moms increase their energy so they can do more of what fulfills them.
So, what’s in it?
- It all starts with the beans… you can either buy Bulletproof branded coffee beans, or do your own research and find the cleanest beans you can. (Very important for a high quality cup)
- Add 1-2 tbsp of Brain Octane Oil.
- Add 1-2 tbsp of Grass-fed butter or grass-fed ghee. Yep, you heard me butter. And this concoction will make the creamiest, most delicious cup of coffee you’ve ever had (but make sure the butter/ghee is unsalted!).
- Mix it into a blender for 30secs and pour your foamy latte in a cup
***Optional: you can add a scoop of Vital Proteins for more health benefits and extra foam. You can order off of my shopping page.
Why Grass-fed Butter?
Grass-fed Butter adds high quality fats and nutrients. Healthy fats will sustain your energy for hours, balance hormones, and boost cognitive function. Grass-fed is higher in essential nutrients than factory-farmed or grain-fed cows.
Your body craves good fats for hormone balance and brain health. But good quality, grass-fed butter also contains omega-3 fatty acids, beta-carotene, fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E, and K, CLA (a fatty acid with powerful fat-loss benefits), and antioxidants.
Butter is good for your brain and your digestion. Grass-fed butter is high in butyrate, a short-chain fatty acid that can both prevent and decrease inflammation. High levels of inflammation link to everything from depression to cancer, so the less inflammation the better!
With butter, you’re not only getting essential fatty acids and other nutrients, it helps make the creamiest cup of coffee you’ll ever have.
What is Brain Octane Oil?
Brain Octane Oil provides clean energy with no crash. It is a key ingredient in this combination. It is important because it raises fat-burning, brain-fueling molecules in your body called ketones.
Brain Octane is a purified form of medium-chain triglyceride (MCT) derived from 100% pure coconut oil. It’s then triple-distilled through earthen clay, so there are no solvent residues. It is flavorless, odorless, and easy on the stomach, unlike some other MCT oils.
It’s more than 4 times as effective as plain coconut oil at raising your ketone levels, aka helping your body to run off of fat instead of sugar. This is what gives you clean-burning energy with no crash for hours at at time.
Brain Octane turns into ketones in minutes. Those ketones provide your brain with almost immediate access to energy. You’ll feel your brain turn on and brain fog disappear in favor of crisp, quick thought. Try it, you’ll feel it!
Fat and coffee are the two most controversial foods in the Western world. But evidence is mounting that coffee and certain fats are not only good for your brain in the short-term (making you sharper and helping to balance your hormones), but also in the long-term, helping to protect against disease and curb inflammation.
You can find Bulletproof products on my shopping page or click here.
Happy drinking my friends!
What average, everyday people have to say about their experience with Bulletproof Coffee:
“I started drinking coffee about six months ago. I ordered the brain octane oil and bought the butter, but I wanted to use up the coffee I had at home. I finally switched to BP and what a difference! The taste is so smooth and iI don’t feel an acidic burn in my stomach. Big difference in my opinion.” – Lana
“The coffee is the best new breakthrough in the health world. I have been doing Bulletproof coffee for about 3 years now and will never stop. Having been a coffee addict prior to being bulletproof, I immediately noticed a huge difference in the way this coffee made me feel versus various other brands. The high quality coffee is smooth and does not give me anxiety, the sweats or jitters…what more could you want ?!?!” – Kristina
“I love this coffee! It is smooth and just a touch sweet. I was actually able to leave the sugar out!” – Genie
“This is hands down, the best coffee I have ever tasted. If I could afford to drink only this, I would. I love the taste, and it makes me feel superhuman!” – Tiffany
“I absolutely love the regular coffee. No bitter aftertaste, I can even forgo cream when I want to. Definite mental boost.” – Dawn