Drinking COFFEE the AYURVEDIC way

by Monica Gisella
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Have you seen these funny mugs that say something like: “I still don’t have the right amount of coffee in my system, don’t talk to me yet” Aren’t they so creative lol? Well, coffee is indeed one of those substances that majority of people can’t live without. And you hear so many contradicting information about the topic that it makes you wonder weather drinking it is something healthy or bad for you.

According to Ayurveda, it all boils down to your current constitution. Depending if you are Vata, Pitta, or Kapha, you should make some modification to the quantity/way of preparation of coffee so it is rendered more digestible and doesn’t aggravate any imbalances you may already have. We are looking here to make it a medicine or at least a neutral beverage rather than poison. So, I will give you some helpful tips on how to drink it based on your dosha (if you don’t know your dosha, take my free quiz now!)

VATA TIPS

Vata individuals tend to be slender, suffer from anxiety, hyperactivity, insomnia and constipation and in addition have dry nails, skin, lips, and hair. If you are experiencing any of these coffee might act as a poison in your body. So the Ayurvedic suggestion would be to quit it until those ailments disappear. However, if you can’t live without your daily cup of joe add some plant based milk and some honey to diminish its stimulating and dry qualities which you have in abundance in your system already.

PITTA TIPS

Pitta folks are more inclined to suffer from inflammation imbalances like skin disorders and also digestion issues such as reflux and heartburn. Based on Ayurveda teachings, coffee energetics can make Pitta more Pitta, meaning it can exacerbate the conditions of a high Pitta. The ayurvedic advice is actually to avoid as much as possible coffee. However, to diminish the heat inherent in coffee add maple sugar and a bit of cardamom to make it cooler on your system.

KAPHA TIPS

Well, if you are Kapha and you like coffee, you hit the jackpot! It is actually good for you to drink a cup of black coffee daily to promote weight loss and decrease congestion. Kaphas tend to gain weight easily and suffer from water retention, sinus congestion, and lack of motivation overall. So, prepare your coffee without any added sugar or milk to balance yourself.

Love and Light…

Monica Gisella XX

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