Coffee

IMG_3199Coffee was grown originally in Ethiopia.

Armenians were the first to open coffee houses in Europe.

I have been making  Soorj (Coffee) in a jezve since I was a little girl.

I  remember my grandmother roasting and grinding coffee. As I was told that I should not drink it because I was too young – I did and loved it!

To this day I have a love relationship with coffee. I function better on coffee – I get more done and think better after a cup of coffee.

3:00 pm is  my coffee time!

Some of the benefits of coffee:

  • It can reduce the risk of Type 2 diabetes.
  • It can prevent Alzheimer’s disease.
  • It is rich in antioxidants.
  • It is low in fat and the fat it does contain is Omega 6.
  • It is actually good for the heart and arteries.
  • It can even lower the risk of heart failure and clogged arteries.
  • It may prevent liver disease and cancer.
  • And, coffee is calorie free if you do not add sugar and milk or cream to it.

Absolutely in moderation!

  • Too much coffee can lead to anxiety.
  • If you are trying to get pregnant it can reduce your chances.
  • If you are pregnant caffeine can pass through the placenta and is associated  low birth weight.

Some people can drink coffee and fall asleep right away while others won’t sleep the night if they have coffee beyond 4pm.
One is not better that the other – it has to do with how  quickly or slowly one’s liver takes  the caffeine  out of the blood stream.

Ideally the caffeine should rev you up for a  couple of hours and then be out of your blood stream (but that is a topic for another blog).

My favourite afternoon routine (when possible) is to have a cup of coffee and take a 10 minute nap while the coffee takes its time kicking in. I get up refreshed, clear minded and ready to get lots done.

I am very particular about the coffee I have in my home.

I buy it from George  at Kurtis Coffee (kurtiscoffee.com)  at  the Wychwood Barns Farmers’ Market.

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My roast of choice is Ethiopian Yerga Cheffe and George gets it just right.

To my taste buds if  the beans are lightly or medium roasted I get a sour undertone, whereas if it is too dark it  tastes bitter. If the coffee is prepared too  weak – well that just pisses me off!!!IMG_2963 (1)

My coffee makers of choice are: my Neapolitan flip stove top,

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or my French press. Needless to say – I make strong coffee.IMG_3210

Time for some now!

Digestion

So, you are eating better – making better food choices, most of the time– buying more organic produce.
Human digestive system
Now the question is – how is your digestion?
Are you absorbing – assimilating and eliminating everything that you are eating?
Are you turning the food you eat into the fuel and building blocks needed by the cells of your muscles, organs, nerves and brain?

Starting at the mouth and ending at the anus, the digestive system not only includes the stomach and intestinal tract (the obvious organs we associate with digestion) but the less obvious salivary glands, pancreas, liver and gallbladder, as well.

I will not bore you with all the gory details but, simply put, it is a mechanical and chemical process involving both the:

  • Mechanical – the chewing.
  • Chemical – digestive juicesenzymes.

Unfortunately, as we age our digestive system may not perform as well as it should. For instance, the secretion of gastric acids decreases.

In order for us to get all of the vitamins, minerals and antioxidants from the food we eat into our cells, we need to make sure that we are absorbing and assimilating them.

Doctors recognize the issue some of us have with too much acid secretion, but what about too little acid? The symptoms can often be the same, because we need sufficient acidity to activate enzymes for breaking down proteins and fats.

Medical history formIn my practice I assess the clients digestion by giving them a symptomatology questionnaire  to determine what portion of the digestive system and organs are weak and I make a note of any preexisting illness and medications that might be affecting the digestive system.

Then I can make my recommendations of herbs or digestive enzymes, accordingly.

A few suggestions that everyone can make use of:

1) To help digestion:
Before a meal drink a cup of hot water.
Chew food well
Eat lots of fiber – fruits and vegetables.
Drink 1 to 1.5 lts of water a day.
Eat whole rather  than refined grains.
Eat small meals.
Take probiotics – either as plain yogurt, fermented vegetables or in supplement form.
Consume cardamom, fennel, anise, ginger and mint to ease indigestion.
Relax – relax – relax!

2) Avoid inhibiting digestion with:
Cold icy water before a meal.
Sugar or fruit juices.
Stress and anxiety
Antacids

 What illnesses and conditions are associated with poor digestion?
Just about everything!! The list would make this blog too long.

Contact me for more information on digestive aids and  for a holistic digestion evaluation.