Too much coffee consumption can have detrimental affects on health. Drinking three or more cups of coffee a day may lead to gastrointestinal upsets, changes in sleep patterns, insomnia, heart health concerns, and even caffeine-induced nervous jitters. Coffee can also reduce the absorption of calcium from the intestinal tract. There's another thing most people are unaware of when it comes to excess coffee consumption â€“ the caffeine content in coffee restricts oxygen flow to the brain by 30 percent. So think before you drink that extra cup of coffee today!
Kicking the Coffee Habit!
Those who want to kick the coffee habit or minimize their consumption should look for healthy alternatives that taste good and offer high health benefits. Caffeine withdrawals may range from incapacitating headaches to stress and anxiety, irritabilities and fatigue. Replacing your coffee habit with a beverage that is healthier can help you kick the habit more easily. Here are a few tips:
- Recognize that drinking more than 2 cups of coffee may have adverse affects on your health. The Mayo Clinic states that the amount of caffeine in just two to three cups of coffee "can raise systolic pressure (the top number in your blood pressure reading) 3 to 14 millimeters of mercury (mm Hg). Your diastolic pressure (the bottom number) can be increased 4 to 13 mm Hg" (http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/blood-pressure/AN00792).
- Prepare for a two week weaning process. Start slow. Gradually decrease the number of cups of coffee you drink a day.
- Substitute a few daily cups of coffee with cocoa tea, a healthy beverage.
Cocoa Tea Makes a Great Substitute for Coffee!
In about two weeks, your body will gradually lose its dependence on caffeine and you'll enjoy the healthy benefits of cocoa tea. Cocoa tea contains a combination of defatted cocoa, green tea and resveratrol-all of these ingredients work to benefit health in a variety of ways.
Pure defatted cocoa: This is what gives cocoa tea its rich chocolate flavor! Pure defatted cocoa contains rich antioxidant flavonols such as flavan-3-ols, oligomeric derivatives, and procyanidins. These natural compounds work specifically to support heart health, vascular health and promote immunity. Cocoa may also trigger the production of serotonin, the feel-good-neurotransmitter that elevate mood!
Pure defatted cocoa also has high antioxidant content. Antioxidants are believed to work as anti-aging agents and help counter free radical activity in the body.
Green tea: Green tea is known for its numerous health-conferring benefits. Like defatted cocoa, it also supports heart health, vascular health and immunity but also has thermogenic properties which may enhance the results of a weight loss program. Green tea contains about one-fifth the amount of caffeine as a cup of plain, brewed coffee. In addition, green tea is also loaded with antioxidant benefits for health.
Resveratrol: Resveratrol is a phytochemical formed in the skin of red grapes. It has been found to provide powerful antioxidant properties and may help relieve common, everyday inflammation. Resveratrol has shown promising benefits for heart health and as an anti-aging agent.
Need more reasons to switch from coffee to cocoa tea? One serving of Cocoa tea has an ORAC value of 5,250 units. The ORAC value is the measure of the antioxidant capacity of a food. Cocoa teas like CocoPure contain:
No milk or milk products
No artificial colors
With a caloric count of just 10 calories a serving, its rich chocolate flavor, and high health value, CocoPure is a great substitute for coffee.