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Nora’s Naturals Coffee

Sometimes it’s nice to just curl up with a good book and a hot cup of coffee.  I’ve had the pleasure of sampling Nora’s Naturals Coffee as I read, and I’m really savoring the experience.  I am enjoying a dark roast that has none of the harsh or bitter flavor normally associated with dark coffee.  Instead, the flavor is very smooth and easy to drink.  And Nora’s Naturals Coffee is not only good for you – it’s good for the environment.

I asked Nora to join us for a chat:

What is unique about Nora’s Naturals Coffee?

There are so many incredible single origin farms producing quality coffee beans and talented roasters who create the complexities of taste. I am thrilled to be working with the multi-generation family farm in the Finca Isabel mountain range of Nicaragua. The beans are grown in volcanic soil, rich in silica, an essential mineral for anti-aging collagen production. The line is Rainforest Alliance certified and donates 3% of all profits to the Environmental Defense Fund.

What are some of the health benefits of coffee?

Coffee produces brain chemicals that has a mimicking effect of antidepressants. Quality coffee is rich in polyphenols that inhibit the growth of cancer cells and lower the risk of Type 2 diabetes. This is a type of antioxidants that have an anti-inflammatory effect on the cells, assisting with skin complexion, hair growth, muscle repair and helping to ward off chronic disease.

The New York Times reported consuming four or five eight-ounce cups of coffee (or about 400 milligrams of caffeine) a day has been associated with reduced death rates. In a study of more than 200,000 participants followed for up to 30 years, those who drank three to five cups of coffee a day, with or without caffeine, were 15 percent less likely to die early from all causes than were people who shunned coffee. Perhaps most dramatic was a 50 percent reduction in the risk of suicide among both men and women who were moderate coffee drinkers, perhaps by boosting production of brain chemicals that have antidepressant effects.

What are some interesting ways to enjoy coffee?

One of my favorite ways to enjoy coffee is by making elixirs. I am excited to share my Nora’s Naturals recipes designed for specific goals- stress relief, fat burning, strengthened immunity and beauty boosting. I formulated the recipes with celebrity chef, Sonny Sweetman, to ensure incredible taste in addition to the benefits.

Nora’s Naturals elixirs utilize powerful ingredients to shift physiology to adapt to stress, speed fat burning and increase anti aging collagen production.

Beauty Booster

  • NN Coffee 8 ounces
  • Vanilla Collagen Protein 1 Tbsp
  • Macadamia Cream 1 Tbsp
  • Cocoa Butter 1 Tbsp
  • Cocoa 1 Tea spoon
  • Nutmeg 1/8 Teaspoon
  • Cinnamon 1/4 Teaspoon
  • Raw Honey 1 Teaspoon
  • Siberian Ginseng (adaptogenic herb to regulate stress) 1/2 Teaspoon

Fat Burner

  • NN Coffee 8 ounces
  • Chocolate Collagen Protein 1 Tbsp
  • MCT Oil 1 Tbsp
  • Coconut Cream 1 Tbsp
  • Vanilla 1/2 Teaspoon
  • Stevia 1/2 Teaspoon
  • Garcinia Cambogia (plant native to India, inhibits fat storage) 1 Teaspoon

In addition to drinking coffee, I love to use the grounds for a homemade body scrub to stimulate circulation and provide antioxidants for the skin.

  • 1 cup coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp coffee grounds

Melt coconut oil, add sugar and coffee, store in refrigerator.

What is one of the best health upgrades we can make?

LIMIT SUGAR AND STRESS

Consuming sugar found in processed foods, fruit juices, and sugary soft drinks creates a constant state of high Inflammation in the body. Prolonged levels of stress also create high levels of damaging inflammation. This type of inflammation wreaks havoc on the gut, and a number of other areas in the body. This depletes the microbiome of beneficial bacteria and greatly lowers protective immunity.

Quick Swaps To Cut Sugar

Swap Soft Drinks for Matcha Green Tea, Quality Coffee or Club Soda with Citrus

Each of these swaps provides a refreshing option to soft drinks without the negative effects. Matcha green tea has the added bonus of delivering a potent antioxidant called EGCG that has been shown to greatly reduce inflammation and elevates immune response.

In a recent study conducted by Stanford University, researchers found that matcha shifted cancer cells towards a quiescent metabolic state and stopped their spread at a relatively low concentration. They also found that matcha could affect the signaling pathways that promote cancer stem cells. Diseases thrive in acidic environments. Matcha helps to create an alkaline state in the body.

Swap Packaged Snacks for Nuts, Seeds, Apples and Almond Butter, Hard Cheeses, Hard Boiled Eggs

All of the above provide protein and fiber that curb cravings, lower blood sugar and provide the brain with healthy fats essential for cognitive performance and immune strength.

Swap Candy for Dark Chocolate

The U.S. National Library of Medicine found cocoa strengthens the cardiovascular system. Polyphenols, a powerful antioxidant high in cocoa, improves blood circulation and mitochondria health. Cocoa is also a top source of tryptophan- precursor to serotonin (happiness hormone).

Sounds like some very good advice!  Thanks for stopping by for a visit today, Nora!