Should You Switch to a Low-Acid Coffee?
Updated: Jan 12, 2021
I feel like every January I end up looking at all of my bad dietary habits and try to find easy solutions that I can implement. This is about as close as I can feasibly get to a New Year's resolution without feeling stressed out by the whole thing.
As I'm sure all of my readers know, I'm a huge coffee drinker. I will also happily defend coffee as being good for you because it's health benefits seriously outweigh any negatives.
Health Benefits Coffee Provides:
Drinking coffee daily actually reduces your risk of getting Alzheimer's.
Having at least one cup of coffee daily decreases your risk of developing a stroke.
Coffee drinkers (including decaf!) are 26% less likely to develop colorectal cancer.
Decaf and regular coffee drinkers are both more likely to have liver enzyme levels in a healthy range.
Dark roast coffee (my favorite!) decreases breakage in DNA strands. This occurs naturally in most of us but can lead to cancer if our cells can't repair the damage on their own.
However, coffee does not come without a few negatives. The high-acidity of most coffees can negatively affect people with GERD, heartburn, and ulcers. It can also weaken tooth enamel over time.
There is one lovely option that has all the pros without the cons, low-acid coffee. Low-acid coffee is easier on your teeth and stomach and can even improve your sleep if you're prone to nighttime reflux.
Now in the summer, if you want to drink low-acid coffee simply opt for a cold-brew coffee instead. The cold brew process makes it less acidic and you can even make your own at home.
You can also buy coffee beans or ground coffee that is already low-acidic. In the spirit of getting a bit healthier for the new year, I decided to try out Lifeboost's dark roast organic coffee. Not just is it low-acidic, but it's a single-origin from Nicaragua and is completely pure of pesticides, molds, and mycotoxins.
Not just was this just as good as any other gourmet blend I've tried, it's probably the smoothest cup of coffee I've ever had. I tried it both with and without cream and the flavor is so nice you could easily drink this one black.
If you're looking for a simple and positive change for the New Year, simply switch to a low-acid coffee like Lifeboost.
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