Why Alkaline Coffee?
One of the biggest revelations for people who intend to go on an alkaline diet is that they can no longer drink coffee because it’s too acidic. And for most, that’s a huge deal-breaker. But it doesn’t have to be because there is an alternative: alkaline coffee!
Spoiler alert: some alkaline “coffee” replacements aren’t really coffee. But, hear us out. They are as good a pick-me-up as real coffee with an equally robust flavor sure to leave your taste buds refreshed. Also, they don’t have the negative side effects of regular coffee. Alkaline coffee can actually come in different forms. Some are made with ingredients that are alternatives to coffee, while others are made from real coffee beans that have been modified to be alkalizing. However, before we get to the recipes, let’s have a look at why you should avoid regular coffee in the first place.
Major Reasons to Avoid Regular Coffee on an Alkaline Diet
· Coffee is highly acidic
Coffee contains about 30 different acids known to contribute to both its aroma and taste. The most common ones include Quinic Acid, Chlorogenic Acid, Citric Acid, & Acetic Acid. The majority of these have been linked to the worsening of gut conditions such as acid reflux.
· Fatigue and headaches
Caffeine in coffee works by stimulating the central nervous system. One way it does that is by stopping the effect of the brain chemical adenosine in the brain.
Normally, this brain chemical controls the body’s responses, preventing overreactions. As caffeine inhibits its purpose, it means that the subject will be constantly hyped up.
After a few hours, the caffeine’s effect will start to fade away. This will trigger a sudden rush of adenosine, which will lead to fatigue. Also, the increased flow through the initially narrowed blood vessels will trigger a headache.
For these reasons, it’s better to switch to a pseudo coffee alternative. Here are a couple of simple alkaline “coffee” recipes below:
Alkaline “Coffee” Recipe Alternatives to Coffee
1. Basic “coffee” recipe
The best thing about this one is that it is quite aromatic and sweet!
- Ginger (¼ tbsp)
- Raw cacao (¼ tbsp)
- Clove (¼ tbsp)
- Dandelion root (¼ tbsp)
- Nettle (1/4 tbsp)
- Burdock root (¼ tbsp)
- Yellow Dock (¼ tbsp)
- Unsweetened almond milk (1/3 Cup)
- A few mint leaves or other herbs
- Brew some water (¾ of a cup)
- Combine the first six ingredients and steep your alkaline “coffee”
- Top your aromatic dupe of a coffee with the unsweetened almond milk & your favorite herb. Enjoy!
2. Chicory coffee
Chicory coffee from grounded chicory root tastes like coffee but has a characteristic nutty flavor. It also has medium alkalinity and is naturally free from caffeine.
- Grounded Chicory root (1tbsp)
- 2 cups of water (filtered)
- In medium heat, bring the water to a simmer
- Add in the chicory root and allow it to steep for about 5 minutes
- Strain into a mug and enjoy!
Can You Still Enjoy the Taste of Real Coffee On an Alkaline Diet?
The answer is yes! Coffee researchers have recently come up with a better version of regular coffee. This version of alkaline coffee is actually made from real coffee beans. As a result, it tastes like coffee but has added benefit of being an alkalizing drink. This is achieved through the removal of the acids in the coffee and the addition of a high concentration of phytonutrients. The result: a health-conscious way for alkaline dieters to get their coffee fix!
The acidity-reducing phytonutrients used in making this coffee are in the form of a Phyto-Alkaline Powder & Phyto-Energizer. Phyto-Alkaline Powder is made from combining highly alkaline compounds. Together, they maximize the alkalizing effects of coffee to a great extent. Phyto-Energizer is a rich concentrate with 100+ alkaline ingredients, including whole fruit and vegetable juice.
However, the question remains. Does it have any side effects? Well, the creators of alkaline coffee claim that it doesn’t cause any of the usual coffee side effects.
Here are some of the most popular products in this category:
3. Puroast Coffee
Puroast coffee has 70% fewer acids than any roasted coffee & 7X the antioxidant value of green tea. A unique roasting process also gives it a distinct flavor aimed at making you feel better, not bitter!
4. Healthwise Gourmet Low Acid Coffee
A unique techno roasting process eliminates all the irritants & acids in arabica coffee beans. It is a top choice among those who suffer from conditions exacerbated by high acidity.
5. Lucy Jo’s Low Acid Coffee
Mavericks low acid coffee tests 6.0-7.0 on the pH scale. These results are achieved by utilizing specific roasting temperatures which reduce chlorogenic acids by 90%.
What Type of Alkaline Coffee Should You Drink?
In the end, you get to choose what type of alkaline coffee is best for you and your body. Try out a few, then evaluate how they make you feel.
For the alkaline coffee products that are made from the coffee bean (discussed last), it will also be important to test how they affect your overall body pH. You can use saliva or urine pH test strips to test your overall body ph on a regular basis and make sure you stay on track. As you try out these different coffee alternatives, you want to make sure they are not lowering your overall body ph. If you find that your coffee alternative is lowering your overall body ph, it’s probably best to switch to another brand of alkaline coffee or stick with chicory coffee.
Elena Daisley is a licensed Clinical Laboratory Scientist (MT, ASCP certified) with over 10 years of experience in the medical field. She holds bachelor’s degrees in both Biology and Laboratory Science from the University of Central Florida. Elena enjoys helping others on their journey to healthier living.