If you started reading my new book Keto-Adapted, you read this in Chapter 2:
I get asked a lot about coffee. I’m not totally against it unless you have adrenal fatigue or a thyroid issue. The main thing to think about is that coffee is a very heavy, pesticide-sprayed product. Choose organic first. Decaf coffee usually tastes terrible, so what I do is I make a decaf Americano, which tastes amazing! When purchasing decaf espresso, make sure it is also decaffeinated using the Swiss Water Process (which most espresso is, as compared to decaf coffee which is typically a process using methylene chloride).
An Americano is a shot of espresso with hot water added to it. Espresso in general has less caffeine than coffee does — making it decaf ensures that you don’t dehydrate your cells further. Coffee, espresso, and tea are diuretics that will cause cramping and dehydration. Alcohol is also a diuretic, but you’re not going to drink alcohol anyway, right!? If you think that drinking a pot of coffee a day counts towards your liquid intakes, think again.
Hydration is important to pay attention to when starting off a keto-adapted low-carb diet because excess ketones are released through the kidneys along with a lot of liquid. This is one reason why “low-carbers” will complain of headaches and low energy at first: their diet isn’t a “well-formulated” program. You need to intentionally increase your liquids to at least half your body weight in ounces, and increase your sodium intake as well. You should be taking more than that at first, but once you are well into your keto-adapted state, you should aim for that amount.
Hydration has a lipolytic, or fat-burning, effect. Research clearly demonstrates that dieters who consume a lot of water have increased lipolysis. When you drink water, especially ice-cold water, your body burns calories in order to bring the water to body temperature, but that increase doesn’t amount to all that much. Your blood also dilutes for a bit until the water equilibrates with the fluid in all the tissues, an effect that takes some time. When the blood is diluted, the amount of various substances traveling in the bloodstream decreases, which means that insulin levels fall. Blood volume is about 5 L. If you drink a liter of water, this will momentarily increase the blood volume by about 20%, and therefore cause the concentration of insulin and other molecules in the blood to fall by 20%. A 20% drop in insulin levels allows fat to release from the fat cells and enables transit into the mitochondria for burning.
HEALTH TIP: If you switch from coffee to Teecino, which is becoming quite popular, it is important to note that Teecino has 10 parts/million gluten… yep, gluten.
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- 1 shot decaf espresso
- 1 to 2 cups hot water
- Swerve confectioners or stevia glycerite to desired sweetness
- Place 1 shot of espresso in a cute cup.
- Add hot water and sweeten if desired.
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