Caffeine addiction can turn into a real problem. If you’ve been drinking coffee for years, even skipping just one day can turn into a painful ordeal. Let’s say you wake up one morning and decide to start fresh. You are determined to go without coffee for a day, hoping the transition goes smoothly. Well, if you are like me, good luck! I’ve tried to kick the habit many times unsuccessfully because I couldn’t stand the painful headache. I admit, I love the taste of coffee (especially this one). I actually believe coffee offers many health benefits, of course, within reasonable amount (as excessive caffeine consumption can lead to health problems). So, if you are one of these people who is trying to cut back or quit altogether, there is a healthy alternative for you – Chicory Root Coffee. (this is the one I use)
How to Kick Your Coffee Addiction with Chicory Root
What is Chicory Root?
Being native to Northern Africa, Western Asia and Europe, chicory is one of the oldest recorded types of plants. It’s a caffeine free herb which has become a popular coffee alternative. Chicory root is rich in vitamins and minerals which protects liver and has a diuretic effect.
Besides being a natural caffeine free substitute for coffee, chicory root possesses many health benefits
- Chicory root contains antioxidants which fight free radical damage
- Chicory root helps fight inflammation
- Chicory root boosts and supports digestion. It increases the flow of bile which helps break down fat.
- Chicory root has the highest concentration of inulin which feeds digestive flora in the intestines and helps increase digestion. This is why chicory root is considered as a probiotic agent.
- Chicory root possesses antibacterial and antifungal properties.
- Chicory root contains phenolics which have beneficial effect on the cardiovascular system.
What to do?
You can grind roasted chicory root into a caffeine free beverage which has a coffee like taste with a sweet nut like smell. Grind in a spice grinder (like this one) and brew like regular coffee (approximately 1½ tsp per cup of water).
It is the closest to coffee I’ve found.
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