Living in a fast-paced world with a lot of things on our to-do lists we probably all grasp for the occasional coffee. Ayurveda is not against coffee, it, however, teaches us that all plants serve a purpose some should be taken regularly and some more like medicines. Knowing your Doshic constitution can help you to make wises choices looking at dosage and consumption.
Coffee is known to have a warming and stimulating effect in the body, rising energy levels, increasing digestion and raising blood sugar. Using coffee to stimulate energy causes an imbalance given one pushes beyond one’s capacity which can eventually lead to adrenal exhaustion.
According to Ayurveda coffee effects the quality of the mind into a more rajasic or overly active state. Given we already live in a more rajasic environment we should rather take in opposite qualities helping us to cultivate more stability and grounding.
Let´s have a look at the individual doshas with regards to Coffee
Given Vata constitutions can have a tendency towards hyperactivity and be easily overstimulated adding more stimulants to their lifestyle and diet can lead to overstimulation and depletion. If you do not wanna quit coffee think quality over quantity. So maybe have your coffee during Kapha time 6-10am with cardamom and oat or almond milk to reduce the rajasic effect. If you need to kindle your digestive fire you can also try ginger tea instead.
Coffee has similar qualities to the ones of a Pitta type namely heating and acid. So when there is a tendency towards over-competitiveness and jealousy, maybe decrease the intake of that heating substance. If you cannot take it out completely than do not have it after 10 am to promote better sleep. Use it with milk to make it more sweet for the pitta mind.
This type is least affected by coffee due to its easygoing and heavy nature. The coffee here can be medicinal to boost metabolic function of the body. The diuretic qualities can help to dry up some of the heavy, wet qualities of Kapha.
For all three types, it is advised not to have it on an empty stomach. Start your morning with a glass of warm water, then have your nourishing breakfast and then have your coffee. Think quality here over quantity. When having your morning coffee think if you can create a moment for yourself to fully enjoy your cup rather than chucking down unconsciously a few cups throughout the day.
This blog post was written by Julia Blohberger from www.juliablohberger.com