Coffee Substitutes for Energy, Focus and Healing Adrenal Fatigue (My Mostly Failed Journey Off Of Coffee)

Coffee Substitutes for Energy, Focus and Healing Adrenal Fatigue (My Mostly Failed Journey Off Of Coffee)

The first question to ask is why would you want to get off of coffee to begin with? Outside of the nirvana and brag-worthy state of not being addicted to anything, the real reason I started looking for alternatives was to fix my adrenal fatigue and inflammation, which you can see my lab results from the Human Garage here. Caffeine, especially from coffee as opposed to green tea, is counterproductive for your tired adrenals. Whether or not you know that to be your situation, I still recommend going a month every so often free of coffee (or at least swap for decaf coffee) for related reasons. It wasn’t easy giving up my Bulletproof coffee every morning, so I had to find something to tide me over. I mostly failed in that endeavor but figured I’d share my findings anyway.

Option 1: Mocha Maca Powder

One of the recommended alternatives I picked up from the Human Garage was glorified maca powder so I started there. It looks like coffee when you blend it with hot water, but that’s about as far as the resemblance goes unfortunately. It was a bit more palatable adding the standard Bulletproof/fatty coffee ingredients (grass-fed butter, coconut oil, cocoa, collagen, etc.) but still nothing to write home about. I’ll do this a couple times a week, but it’s not a daily go-to after sufficient experimentation.

Option 2: Kombucha

Kombucha is the best tasting of all three options, but the drawback is due to the small sugar content I wouldn’t consider it to be the best option while trying to reap the benefits of intermittent fasting. If you just want something to sip on in the morning, and the mocha maca powder doesn’t float your boat, give the kombucha a try. I teach you how to ferment your own kombucha here. Heal your gut with the probiotics, and heal your adrenals with the reduced caffeine and coffee intake.

Option 3: Matcha Green Tea

I really, really wanted to like matcha green tea. It is literally the “10x” of green teas containing ten times the amount of antioxidants in regular green tea, or something to that effect. It’s a research-backed, generation-over-generation-proven superfood. I first tried steeping it in hot water and drinking it as a standalone hot tea, but it literally tastes like moss. What does moss taste like you might ask, and that answer is I don’t know but I do know matcha tastes terribly (unless it’s served as a frozen yogurt or ice cream that one would find at Kippy’s or Pressed Juicery, but then again sugar with anything is the ultimate antidote).

Next I tried drinking it cold, which took it from an F-flavor to a D-minus. Lastly I tried simply adding it in with the rest of my first-thing-in-the-morning water morning routine (with lemon juice, sea salt, apple cider vinegar, and Athletic Greens). This is where I’ve landed, but with the added matcha powder in it, I down it as fast as possible with all the other aforementioned ingredients to mask the matcha taste. One unexpected benefit of the matcha powder is that it tangibly reduced my appetite, rendering it the strongest solution I’ve found to endure a 16-hour fast without food cravings. Beyond that, my goal in life is to see how much money I can waste in one cup of water by adding all those added ingredients each morning.

If you have any other non-obvious healthful alternatives to coffee, feel free to comment below. I’ve tried yerba mate as well, but the cold hard fact is nothing compares to a good Bulletproof/fatty coffee (which is why I still drink it once a week for the performance-enhancing effects of caffeine for a personal record-shattering workout day).

P.S. Decaf coffee often has its own issues, so I’m not considering that right now, but it does seem to be the logical alternative.

 

Essential Oils – Elite Tips

  •  Vendors
    • Plant Therapy – best choice, only one that is independently certified.
    • Be Young essential oils
    • Mountain Rose Herbs
    • Edan’s Garden.
    • Solution Benefits
  • General
    • Essential oils damage your esophagus undiluted, don’t drink undiluted.
    • Mint (peppermint oils) has to be organic (high use of Roundup Ready)
    • Forest bathing hack. Cypress oils (eucalyptus, peppermint, etc.) smell and diffuse.
  • Lemon balm
    • As tea, nootropic enhances memory, alleviates anxiety
  • Peppermint Oil
    • Increases your oxygen capabilities with just 1 drop before working out.
  • Thieves essential oil blend is great to fight off infection, mosquitoes, etc. mosquitoes hate cinnamon.
  • Oregano Oil
    • Oregano oil drink diluted to kill bad bacteria (candida) and help heal gut. Honey and oregano oil only kill bad bacteria.
    • Antibacterial and anti-fungal
  • Eucalyptus Oil
    • You can use eucalyptus oil for season allergy relief in a variety of ways. You can put several drops into your Neti pot, inhale it via a diffuser or use it in your laundry detergent as an antimicrobial agent.
    • An interesting study out of Egypt evaluated the effect that various essential oils had in killing the highly allergic house mites and found that eucalyptus oil ranked amongst some of the most potent.
    • For an eco-friendly, biodegradable addition to your natural detergents add 25 drops of eucalyptus oil to each load of wash during allergy season, especially if you or the kids are running around outside.
    • Also, if your allergy symptoms are going strong, mix eucalyptus oil with coconut oil and rub it on your chest and behind your ears and diffuse it in the air during the day and while sleeping.
  • Frankincense Essential Oil
    • The almost unbelievable cancer-killing capacity of Indian frankincense has been well established in scientific literature for several years, but its life-giving power doesn’t end there.
    • In a study published by Phytotherapy Research, for instance, when mice took 1-10 mg of frankincense orally it was discovered that multiple levels of their immune systems were stimulated including IgG, IgM, and interferon.
    • In layman’s terms, frankincense can boost the immune system like no other and if you suffer from seasonal allergies, make sure you implement it into your natural health regimen.
    • I simply rub frankincense behind my ears and on my chest or diffuse frankincense essential oil in my home and office three hours daily.

Anti-Aging / Longevity – Exhaustive List of Tips

  • Gratitude is one of, if not the best anti-aging emotions even at a telomere-shortening mitigating level.
  • For building muscle, eat after workout. For longevity, hormone, and anti-aging benefits, wait at least an hour.
  • Intermittent Fasting
    • It turns out that you can mimic, even exceed, the supposed life-extending effects of caloric restriction with intermittent fasting (IF). This can be true even if you consume twice as many calories as normal during your “on” times, resulting in no total decrease in weekly calories.
  • Eat until you are 80% full. Don’t always stuff yourself.
  • Longevity experts are now telling us that keeping a positive outlook is just as critical a factor to health and long life as diet and exercise! You can’t afford to have people around you who are consistently acting as a drag on your positive outlook.
  • Number 1 variable to live longer: Love and Social Connectedness: have good, healthy, relationships with many people, and especially your family or those whom you see frequently. Seek a supportive community of people with shared values or interests
  • Move throughout the day, frequently.
  • Take time each day to relax/de-stress
  • Drink a little each day
  • Lots of plant-based foods. Eat 7 times more vegetables than meats (by volume)
  • Eat till you’re are 80% full; stop before you are stuffed.
  • Drink 5 cups of green tea a day
  • Eat seaweed or kelp (iodine and trace minerals)
  • Grass fed eggs, meat, and milk.
  • Eat yogurt/probiotic foods
  • Get married or get a dog. We are social creatures and need to love and feel loved.
  • Mind games for the brain: chess, backgammon, bridge, checkers, poker, puzzles, etc.
  • Mineral water over distilled
  • Humming, singing, breathing, meditating, laughing
  • Prayer
  • Be part of something bigger than yourself
  • Eat apricots and apricot kernels
Skin Care Simplified: 4 Step Holistic Health Guide to Glowing Skin For Men (and Women)

Skin Care Simplified: 4 Step Holistic Health Guide to Glowing Skin For Men (and Women)

How come women get all the attention for amazing skin care products? Seems unfair, but then again most female-oriented skin care products are absolute chemical-ridden garbage. It’s time to level the playing field! Not really, the program and products below will work equally well for both sexes, but I recently had a guy friend ask me about my skin care regimen so I wanted to let the cat out of the bottle (?). I never considered myself the authority on amazing, vibrant, glowing, jaw-dropping, panty-dropping skin. I do, however, consider myself the authority on finding the simple tactics, products, and routines that maximize results (clean skin) with minimal time and effort involved, so let the sharing begin.

Step 1: Probiotic Facial Cleanser

Most cleansers are pretty irritating to the skin, and you can actually do pretty well without one altogether. I use/recommend the Mother Dirt Biome Face Natural Skin Cleanser. Apply once in the shower to repopulate the right, healthy bacteria that helps fight acne and keep your skin clear.

Step 2: Natural Moisturizer (+Frankicense Oil)

At least once per day, apply a natural, organic moisturizer. I’ve tried several (avocado oil, olive oil, jojoba oil, etc.) and found Organic Jojoba Oil and Emu Oil to work well and clog my pores the least. Both work, but as with diet, exercise, and almost anything, it’s worth switching things up so your body doesn’t become overly accustomed to one input. Emu oil is excellent if you’ve had a bit of sun exposure/burn to cool your skin down.

Using the moisturizer as the carrier, try adding frankincense oil to the mix as well. It has a bit of zing to it (“astringent”), will tighten your skin/pores, and add more glow. More glow is like more cowbell, always a good thing.

Step 3: Clay Facemask

Now here’s where it gets more interesting. A few times a month, apply a clay mask (while something super masculine to even out your manhood). Jokes aside, a good clay mask will work wonders for everyone. I recommend the Clay Mask by Alitura Naturals – “The Best Anti-Aging, Anti-Acne & Detoxifying Bentonite Clay Mask.” The CEO and founder Andy Hnilo has an interesting story with this product. I always have maximal confidence in products/companies that originated from the owner desperately trying to solve his/her own dire problem – you’d be hard-pressed to find someone more motivated to find the respective solution. For instance, you care and think about a speck of dust in your eye infinitely more than a stranger’s intense bedside suffering

Step 4: Clean Diet

This may, hopefully, go without saying, but all the best skin care products and moisturizers in the world can’t fix a broken system or diet. If you know and love the 80/20 or Pareto Principle, diet is the lead factor for skin results. Most people respond best to eliminating dairy, wheat, and sugar. Beyond that, start monitoring certain foods you’re eating and see how your skin responds. The next best thing to a healthy tan and sun-kissed glow is slightly orange skin from excessively eating beta-carotene rich foods like sweet potatoes (I haven’t yet decided whether or not I’m being facetious).