Out there in some parts of the wellness world, there is this belief that coffee is bad and unhealthy . While I have a deep admiration for all the morning loving people that don’t need coffee or a special morning drink to start off their day, I must confess that when my alarm goes off, I am a walking zombie. It doesn’t matter how early I go to bed, I can always snooze and sleep some more. The only way for me to get my day started and jolt some life into my body is by drinking a warm, comforting drink. While I love coffee the most, I also enjoy drinking other warm elixirs like black and green tea, matcha, spiced chai, turmeric tea, tulsi (tulasi) tea, chamomile, and ginger lemon tea.

For me drinking a warm drink to start my morning is not about getting a caffeine boost, but it is about connecting to my family food traditions and creating a nurturing morning routine.

There is a lot of misinformation in the wellness world: myths about detoxing and eliminating certain foods and drinks from your diet. I am writing this post to deliver the good news: most likely, you can keep enjoying your beloved coffee! If you are in good health and do not suffer from gastritis, arthritis, GERD, or other inflammatory bowel conditions, coffee can be a healthy drink to enjoy, so long as it’s in moderation. Coffee is rich in phenols (a type of antioxidant), which provide protection against chronic diseases such as cancer, diabetes, and neurodegenerative diseases (1,2,3,4) . You can be healthy and happy while loving coffee!

Here are some tips for enjoying coffee mindfully that will allow you to reap health benefits from your cup of joe.  

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