Coffee?! You’re fired!

It's time to upgrade your morning drink

Hello there coffee lovers! I know it can be hard to say goodbye to your favorite cup of coffee in the morning. But let's face it, drinking coffee is a losing game when it comes to our health. Yes, you read correctly. That delicious brew you love so much may actually be harmful to your body in the long run.
I know some of you are probably thinking right now, “What are you talking about? Coffee is my fuel for the day! I can't live without it.” Well, let me tell you there is a better way to start your day.

Coffee: not so innocent yet

But first, let's look at the negative effects of drinking coffee. First, coffee can lead to dehydration of the body because it has a diuretic effect, causing you to lose more fluid than you take in. This can lead to fatigue, headaches and poor concentration.
Moreover, drinking too much coffee can cause anxiety, nervousness, restlessness and even panic attacks in some people. It can also disrupt sleep and lead to insomnia, which in turn can lead to fatigue and poor concentration the next day.

Fat from coffee?

Drinking coffee regularly can also lead to increased levels of the stress hormone cortisol, which in turn can lead to a weakened immune system and increased risk of disease and illness.
Too much cortisol in the body can also contribute to weight gain. This is because cortisol can raise blood sugar levels, leading to increased insulin levels and increased storage of fat in the body. In addition, cortisol can increase appetite and cause us to crave more sweet and fatty foods.

Coffee gets your brain going – or is the opposite true?

Scientific research has shown that caffeine, the main active ingredient in coffee, can stimulate dopamine production in the brain. Dopamine is a neurotransmitter responsible for the feeling of reward and pleasure. So when we drink coffee, we experience a feeling of pleasure, and this can lead to addiction.
In the long run, addiction can change the structure of the brain. It creates a wide highway, so to speak, rather than a winding path with many side branches, making it harder to create new paths in the brain and adapt to new situations. This can lead to a less flexible mind and less ability to learn and grow.
A study about this was published in 2011 in the journal “Psychopharmacology” entitled “Caffeine, cognitive function, and affect: are there realistic effects?” The study examined the impact of caffeine on cognitive flexibility and attention in healthy adults and found that coffee addiction can lead to decreased cognitive flexibility and impaired attention.
Getting rid of a coffee addiction can be difficult, especially if it has become a regular part of your daily routine. One strategy that can help is to slowly reduce coffee intake, rather than abruptly stopping. Replacing coffee with a healthier alternative can help ease the transition.
So, although a cup of coffee once in a while does no harm, drinking coffee regularly can be detrimental to your health in the long run.

So how do I boost myself up in a healthy way in the morning?

Glad you continue reading, as I assume that by now 80% of the readers have stopped. Sometimes it seems like coffee has become a sanctuary, and many would rather go through life ignorantly with a trendy mermaid-to-go cup in hand, than really look at their own well-being and health. So now you can give yourself a pat on the back for having already gotten this far: you clearly know and want better for yourself than 80% of readers and you should be proud of that.
So what is the alternative? The recipe is very simple:

Lemon Kickstarter:

1 liter of filtered water
1 lemon, juice freshly squeezed
10 drops of dōTERRA Lemon (Citroen) essential oil

Drinking a liter of filtered water with fresh lemon juice and a few drops of doTERRA Lemon (Citroen) essential oil can help you start your day fresh, healthy and alert.

The benefits of the Lemon Kickstarter

Drinking water in the morning is so important to hydrate and restore our bodies because we lose a lot of fluids at night while we sleep. Drinking a liter of filtered water in the morning can also help our bodies detoxify and eliminate waste products. In addition, drinking enough water can help improve digestion and brighten the skin.

Fresh lemon juice is a powerful antioxidant that can help detoxify the body. It can also support the digestive and immune systems and provide the body with vitamin C and other important nutrients. In addition, lemon juice can also help balance the body's pH level.

And then we have the doTERRA Lemon (Citroen) essential oil. Extracted from the peel of lemons, this oil also has numerous health benefits. It can help cleanse and detoxify the body, supports healthy digestion and helps purify the skin. It can also help reduce stress and promote a positive state of mind.

By drinking a morning drink with lemon juice and doTERRA Lemon (Citroen) essential oil, you can also further reduce cortisol levels in the body and naturally promote weight loss.
And are you one of the people who drank coffee to get digestion going in the morning? No worries, the Lemon Kickstarter is a godsend for this too!

So, if you're looking for a healthier way to start your day, try this morning drink with lemon juice and doTERRA Lemon (Citroen) essential oil. You will boost your body and feel more energetic throughout the day.
And who knows, maybe you'll eventually say goodbye to that old cup of coffee altogether and adopt a new, healthier habit.

Give it a try and let me know what you think!
Cheers for a healthier lifestyle!

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