Coffee talk?


simply well with holly niles


Is coffee a good choice or a bad choice? It’s a common question and truly the answer depends on who you are.  Here are some facts from a recent summary published but Medscape News looking at the potential medical benefits of coffee.


Cardiovascular health – despite potentially increasing blood pressure, coffee may lower the risk for coronary disease and protect against heart failure.  The data suggests that an average of 2 cups a day protects against heart failure.

Dementia and Parkinson’s disease –new research also links coffee consumption with positive effects on cognition including slowing the progression of dementia and Parkinson’s disease.


The acidity of coffee is associated with digestive discomfort including indigestion, heartburn, GERD and dysbiosis (imbalances in gut “bugs”).

Use coffee sparingly if you have depleted adrenals with symptoms like fatigue, low energy, sugar cravings, poor sleep and overwhelmed stress response.

In Functional medicine, we know that every client is unique and requires a personalized approach.  Coffee is a great example of the importance of knowing what works best to support your body.


Simply Easy Tip: 

Try going without coffee for 7-10 and note how you feel without it.  If you are a regular coffee drinker, it will likely take a few days to get the caffeine out of your system. Having 1 cup of coffee in the morning with breakfast is likely fine for many people but it’s important to know how it affects your body.


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Simply Delicious: Pea Carrot Soup (from one of my favorite blogs!)


2 tablespoons coconut oil
1 small onion, peeled and chopped
5 large carrots, chopped (around 1 pound)
1 green apple, chopped
½ ounce fresh ginger, chopped
⅓ cup orange juice
1 can full fat coconut milk
2 cups chicken stock or water
⅛ teaspoon cayenne pepper, optional
6 drops stevia , optional
Garnish with fresh lime


Heat coconut oil in a large saucepan

Saute onion, carrot, and apple in coconut oil until tender

Add ginger to saucepan

Add orange juice, coconut milk and stock to saucepan

Very carefully, in very small batches, puree mixture in vitamix or other blender

Return mixture to pan to reheat, stirring in cayenne pepper, and stevia if desired

Garnish with fresh lime

To keep this recipe quick and easy, do not peel your carrots, apple or ginger –they’re all going to be pureed into soup in the end anyway, and I find it wasteful to discard the skins which are full of rich enzymes and healthy micro-nutrients.


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Simply Well newsletter #98: Coffee talk PRINTOUT (pdf)