Did you know that your morning cup of Starbuck or Dunkin Donuts coffee is ridden with mold?
It took me a while to realize this but my everyday Starbucks coffee was extremely toxic to my overall health (and it’s not even organic. what’s up with that?)
After this revelation, I went on a search for an organic coffee that 1. was far higher in antioxidants, 2. mold free, 3. pesticide free, 4. and naturally lower in acid. (Don’t think for a second I even considered giving up coffee altogether!)
Anyways, I had no idea that some coffee could be so egregious. Your everyday cup of warm, delicious, antioxidants-rich (more on that below) IS FULL OF TOXINS. Why is this just brushed over? Or better yet, never mentioned at all?
After a little research I stubbled across a couple of brands that are mold, mycotoxins, & pesticide free and organic! So they’ll not only support your morning mood, but also your health.
How Do I Know if There is Mold in my Coffee?
Unfortunately, unless a brand specifically claims their coffee is mold-free and/or third-party tested, it will have small amounts of mold.
While this is unfortunate, (let’s be honest, Starbucks is great) your health is much more important. So switching to a mold-free coffee is truly ideal to optimize your holistic lifestyle for both the short and long term.
What are the Negative Effects?
The negative health effects of mold range from mild to sever. In most cases the beginning stages of exposure are mild.
Dry eyes/skin, allergies, congestion, nasal irritation, headaches and other flu-like symptoms are just the short-term effects.
HOWEVER, if you are drinking coffee daily like the majority of us, small amounts that some may deem “insignificant” add up. Drastically.
If you are drinking multiple cups of mold-toxin-ridden coffee a day, 5-7 days a week, 52 weeks a year, every year, eventually small amounts aren’t so small!
The long-term health effects of toxic-coffee can include insomnia, confusion, anxiety, and brain fog.
So, switching coffee brands now, as opposed to later, will be a major plus for you and your health in the long run.
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Benefits of Coffee
As you probably noted in my introduction, I was completely reluctant to give up coffee. Why?
Well, first off, it tastes amazing. It’s just part of my peaceful, tranquil morning routine I so desperately love.
Secondly, coffee actually has amazing health benefits! Coffee is extremely high in antioxdiants.
In his book Eat to Beat Disease, Dr. William W. Li explains the benefits.
The greatest benefit in lowering the risk of dying from a digestive-related disease, which makes sense, since the gut is exposed to the highest concentration of coffee bioactives.william w. li, md, eat to beat disease: the new science of how the body can heal itself
He goes onto explain the benefits coffee bioactive provide your telomeres (the ends of your chromosomes that protect them from damage; essential to anti-aging). They also reduce your chances of death from a heart attack from 21-31%, depending on your daily consumption.
The book The Telomere Effect, also touches on the benefits of drinking coffee daily, if you aren’t already convinced that coffee is amazing. Join the club already.
Meta-analyses show coffee reduces the risk of cognitive decline, liver disease, and melanoma, for example…Further in a sample of over four thousand women, those who drank caffeinated coffee (but not decaffeinated) were likely to have longer telomeres. More reasons to enjoy the aroma of your morning coffee brewing.Elizabeth Blackburn, phd; elissa epel, phd. the telomere effect: A revolutionary approach to living younger, healthier, longer
But keep in mind, this is by no means an extensive list of benefits! There is much more to be discovered.
Brands to Trust
So circling back to the point of this blog post, coffee is healthy, mold-ridden coffee can be very toxic.
As I mentioned, I found two brands of coffee that I drink everyday and absolutely love.
They are both third-party tested, mold &mycotoxin-free, pesticide-free, and organic.
Drinking organic coffee is important if you want the added antioxidants benefits. Organic coffee can contain twice the amount of antioxidants in non-organic coffee.
Lifeboost coffee if a USDA Certified Organic, Fair-Traded, Toxin-Free coffee. Lifeboost sells both ground coffee and whole beans, in all light, medium, and dark roasts. And for those late nights when you want something warm, hot, and cozy, but don’t want to but don’t want a caffeine-kick, they’ve got you covered with decaff!
As the name suggests, Purity Coffee is committed to providing you with the purest, cleanest, healthiest coffee. Alongside being 3rd-Party Tested, Organic, & Toxin-Free, it is also shipped to you within 48 hours of roasting to ensure the freshness is optimized.
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Eat to Beat Disease: The New Science of How the Body Can Heal Itself