We often have clients come into the clinic fearing the suggestion to remove coffee from their morning routine. Breaking the routine seems impossible. Good news is that we have options for coffee-lovers.
We live in a Rajasic world, full of excess stimulation and distractions. Rajas governs movement and activity. When rajas is in excess it can result in feelings of restlessness, anxiety, over-activity, rapid thoughts, lack of concentration etc.
Black coffee has qualities of hot and light with a bitter and astringent taste – all qualities that can increase rajas. Rajasic mind and environment + Rajasic coffee = stress on the nervous system.
So, who can drink coffee?
Generally, those with a Kapha constitution are more likely to benefit from black coffee. Kapha individuals may be more prone to sluggishness, weight gain, feeling slow and dull in the morning. However, because of these qualities it is more likely to create a dependency on coffee. Therefore we suggest increasing activities like having a brisk walk, body brushing and morning yoga before drinking coffee. This will give the body the chance to wake up naturally before having a stimulant.
The qualities of coffee mentioned above can easily create an imbalance for both Pitta and Vata constitutions. In general, we suggest one coffee a day maximum despite a persons constitution. Any more than one can create long-term health conditions.
Coffee stimulates the agni, which is great for enhancing Kapha type digestion. Although it is very important not to become dependent on coffee to have a bowel movement. Warm water should always be had in the morning before coffee to help support the adrenals.
If the routine is what drives you in drinking coffee, try substituting decaf coffee. Find one you really enjoy. Although there is still a slight amount of caffeine, it would have slightly less of an impact on the nervous system. Also, if a Pitta or Vata individual refuses to give up coffee, we suggest having it with a bit of milk or plant based milk to add in more sweet and calming qualities.
We enjoy dandelion root tea, which has a bitter taste and coffee drinkers often enjoy it as a substitute. Rajas Cup is a name of a substitute that our clients really enjoy.
It is of upmost importance to have a daily routine in place to help calm the mind while promoting more sattvic activities in your life. Yoga, meditation, pranayama, walks in nature, learning gentle music, etc can be very sattvic in nature. When we feel more at ease in our minds, less rajasic, we are able to feel when coffee is suitable and when it should be avoided.
We suggest checking with your Ayurvedic practitioner on whether coffee is suitable for you. They will be able to suggest alternatives most suitable.
We hope you have a great weekend and enjoy the beautiful sunshine!
* 𝘗𝘭𝘦𝘢𝘴𝘦 𝘯𝘰𝘵𝘦 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘴𝘦 𝘤𝘭𝘢𝘪𝘮𝘴 𝘩𝘢𝘷𝘦 𝘯𝘰𝘵 𝘣𝘦𝘦𝘯 𝘢𝘱𝘱𝘳𝘰𝘷𝘦𝘥 𝘣𝘺 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘛𝘎𝘈. 𝘛𝘩𝘦 𝘪𝘯𝘧𝘰𝘳𝘮𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯 𝘱𝘳𝘰𝘷𝘪𝘥𝘦𝘥 𝘪𝘴 𝘯𝘰𝘵 𝘮𝘦𝘢𝘯𝘵 𝘵𝘰 𝘣𝘦 𝘶𝘴𝘦𝘥 𝘵𝘰 𝘥𝘪𝘢𝘨𝘯𝘰𝘴𝘦 𝘰𝘳 𝘵𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘵 𝘢𝘯𝘺𝘰𝘯𝘦 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘴𝘩𝘰𝘶𝘭𝘥 𝘯𝘰𝘵 𝘣𝘦 𝘵𝘢𝘬𝘦𝘯 𝘸𝘪𝘵𝘩𝘰𝘶𝘵 𝘤𝘰𝘯𝘴𝘶𝘭𝘵𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯 𝘸𝘪𝘵𝘩 𝘢𝘯 𝘈𝘺𝘶𝘳𝘷𝘦𝘥𝘪𝘤 𝘱𝘩𝘺𝘴𝘪𝘤𝘪𝘢𝘯. 𝘞𝘦 𝘥𝘰 𝘯𝘰𝘵 𝘨𝘶𝘢𝘳𝘢𝘯𝘵𝘦𝘦 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘢𝘴𝘴𝘶𝘮𝘦 𝘯𝘰 𝘭𝘦𝘨𝘢𝘭 𝘭𝘪𝘢𝘣𝘪𝘭𝘪𝘵𝘺 𝘰𝘳 𝘳𝘦𝘴𝘱𝘰𝘯𝘴𝘪𝘣𝘭𝘺 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘢𝘤𝘤𝘶𝘳𝘢𝘤𝘺, 𝘤𝘶𝘳𝘳𝘦𝘯𝘤𝘺 𝘰𝘳 𝘤𝘰𝘮𝘱𝘭𝘦𝘵𝘦𝘯𝘦𝘴𝘴 𝘰𝘧 𝘪𝘯𝘧𝘰𝘳𝘮𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯 𝘤𝘰𝘯𝘵𝘢𝘪𝘯𝘦𝘥 𝘪𝘯 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘴𝘦 𝘮𝘢𝘵𝘦𝘳𝘪𝘢𝘭𝘴.
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