I absolutely love coffee but I hate what it does to my body, coffee has a lot of healthy properties but some thing that it does do is make your body more acidic. As I mentioned in this post, when your body is too acidic it can wreak all sorts of havoc; your body will draw calcium from your bones (calcium is very alkaline) thus increasing your chance of osteoporosis.
Fungi, bacteria and viruses all thrive in an acidic and anaerobic environment. Also your body functions better in general when it is at the correct ph. So how do you make your coffee less acidic? There are numerous ways below we will explore a few of your options;
Here’s To A More Alkaline Coffee!
Add Crushed Egg Shells To Your Coffee
Egg shells contain calcium which is quite alkaline which will result in a less acidic brew. I am not suggesting you put egg shells directly in your cup, what you want to do is add the egg shells with ground coffee beans and brew as you normally would.
Skip The Dairy And Refined Sugar
Milk is acid forming (as well as coffee) and on top of that it will inhibit your body’s ability to absorb the beneficial nutrients from your coffee. You can either remove milk all together or use less milk if you can’t drink black coffee.
Refined sugar is not only acid forming it is very toxic for your body! Sugar accelerates the aging process so why would you want to start off your day with some thing that makes you look and feel older? I prefer to add organic maple syrup to my coffee, you could try honey or some other healthy sweetener…
Cold Brew Your Coffee
Another way to reduce the acid content in your coffee is to cold brew it. The easiest way of doing this is the use the Toddy Cold Brew System. This system boasts a 67 percent reduction in acidity in comparison with hot brew coffee methods.
It can also be used to make tea, hot or cold. Another thing that appeals to me about this product is that it has a glass jug, so you do not have to worry weather or not your jug is leeching harmful chemicals into your coffee!
Add Baking Soda To Your Coffee
Just a pinch so you do not spoil the taste!
Use Filtered Water
Water straight out of the tap has harmful chemicals such as fluoride, heavy metals etc. These help to make tap water more acidic. So if you start off with slightly acidic water then use it to brew coffee the end result is a very acidic coffee so why not invest in a good quality water filter? Not only will your coffee be slightly more alkaline, your water will also taste a lot better and be better for you as well!
Add Cardamom To Your Coffee
Cardamom pods are a fragrant spice often used in cooking. This spice is alkaline so it will help neutralize your coffee, I have heard that it slightly lowers the caffeine levels as well although I am yet to see a study proving this to be true so take that how you will.
To make a Cardamom infused coffee what you want to do is add one cracked cardamom pod to your ground coffee beans and brew like normal, simple as that! You may want to experiment with more cardamom pods depending on your taste.
Some other spices that people add their coffee are the following; Cinnamon, Ginger, Cloves and Star Anise. I have even heard of people adding Coconut oil to their coffee. It really is up to individual tastes, how do you like your coffee? Let me know in the comments section below….