Coffee has become a morning ritual for approximately 80 percent of people in North America. There is virtually no other food or beverage that continues to sustain such popularity. Without their morning java, many people struggle to get their brain and body going for the day.
- Caffeine jitters and crash—like any drug, the withdrawal symptoms can be painful, which encourages you to continue consuming the beverage.
- Poor sleep quality—the forced stimulation of your hormonal system artificially overrides your natural circadian rhythm, causing sleeplessness at night.
- Adrenal fatigue—prolonged use of caffeine can lead to hormonal imbalance and can cause more serious issues like prostate and breast cancer.
- Kidney and bladder problems—caffeine has diuretic effects that can put stress on the urinary system.
- Triggering of stress hormones—increased stress makes muscles tense, elevates blood sugar, speeds up pulse and respiration rates, and increases your state of panic and alertness.
- Depletes the body of B-vitamins.
- Prevents iron absorption (can contribute to anemia).
“Imagine you lived in a country that was always under threat of attack. No matter where you went, there was a perpetual state of alert. Not only that, but your defenses were constantly being depleted and weakened. Does that sound stressful? Caffeine produces the same effect on your body, like fighting a war on multiple fronts at the same time.”
Cherniske calls this state of constant physiological alert “caffeinism,” which is characterized by fatigue, anxiety, mood swings, sleep disturbance, irritability, and depression. Of course, as long as you keep taking the drug or upping the dosage, the true effects aren’t felt until a serious health issue crops up. And rarely does that issue seem connected to the common habits which cultivate the issue, like coffee.
Get Functional With Fungus
- Increased energy and endurance
- Promotes a healthy aging process
- Helps fight inflammation
- Supports healthy kidney function
- Supports healthy adrenal function
- Supports healthy blood sugar levels
- Improves memory and cognitive function
Cordyceps will not impart the same flavor as coffee. This fungus has a fairly neutral flavor which means it can be easily made into a delicious beverage. If you like a latte, add some coconut milk and coconut oil to the tea and blend gently to add a frothy and creamy texture. If you like a little sweetener, coconut sugar will do perfectly. Regardless of how you make it, it helps provide the same desired benefits of coffee—energy and brain stimulation—without the side effects.
That alone makes it worth looking further into.