A Frequent Discussion With My Husband About Coffee: Is it Healthy or Is it Not?

As most of you know, I started loving coffee about four years ago. Yep. I went from really disliking it to totally loving it within a matter of months. Why? I’m not even sure. (Well, except that I started drinking it about the time I started to consistently dig into God’s Word each morning. So coffee time to me = Jesus’ beautiful Truth and fulfillment. So of course coffee began to taste delicious.)

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My husband has never been a fan of coffee and wasn’t sure how he felt about me starting “the coffee habit.” He questioned the healthiness of coffee because of negative reports he’d heard. So he began to read about it, especially when a couple of our boys started having an occasional cup with me in the mornings. (Indeed, I was pulling them over to the dark side…)

Coffee: Is it healthy or is it not?

Coffee Is it Healthy

As often happens when one does thorough research – Matt found conflicting articles. Coffee is good! Coffee is bad! Drink more! Drink less! Don’t drink it at all! Have as much as you want! But what we ultimately concluded was that as long as we didn’t overdo, as long as we continued to drink plenty of water each day, and as long as we didn’t load our coffee with sugar – we could settle into feeling okay about drinking coffee.

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Correction: He could settle into feeling okay about coffee. I already felt good about it because of the incredible yum factor, the time with Jesus that comes with it, and basically I just love everything about coffee (especially when it has a shot of real cream in it).

After years of coffee discussions at our house…

…our friend Nikki told us that she’d discovered a “very healthy coffee.” Matt definitely wanted me to check into it – especially because we know that when Nikki says something is “healthy” we know we can trust her. She has a significantly larger understanding of herbs, oils, and healthy living than we do and has been a great resource and friend through the years.

I already shared here that after Nikki introduced us to Javita coffee, not only did we both agree that it is a healthy option, we loved it so much we bought a Coffee Club! Matt’s conclusion has even become, “Our whole family should be drinking this. Not only is it not bad, it is very, very good.”

How about that? This is like a dream come true for my coffee-lovin’ self!

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I seriously love that each morning when I drink my cup of coffee (the perfect thing to fill my Prayer Mugs!) I have complete confidence that what I’m drinking is actually benefiting me. When our kids drink it, they are being filled with nutrients. Matt has even started to drink Javita coffee! (Finally, I can have a coffee date with my hubby. I’ve been wanting to do this for a long time!)

So is “regular” coffee bad for us?

That’s a tough one to answer now that I’ve experienced Javita. I guess I would answer that it’s not necessarily bad, as long as we don’t overdo. But one of the biggest issues with regular coffee is that it can be hard on our insides as it is highly acidic. Too much acid in our bodies can cause some big time damage, and while I’ve known that, I’ve loved coffee too much to give it much thought.

Javita though. Javita coffee has a wonderful mixture of herbs included, which takes it from an acidic state to an alkalinized state. Therefore, when we drink it, we suffer NONE of the regular ill effects we typically would from acidic, regular coffee. There are more benefits (shared below), but I would say that so far in my research, the acid —-> alkaline factor is my favorite perk!

So because of all we’ve experienced with Javita so far, we’ve come to this conclusion:

If we’re going to drink coffee, why not drink what is truly good for our health?

And if you aren’t a coffee fan, I’ll instead point you to the Green Tea Javita offers. More info below! Here’s a general breakdown from the Javita website of the coffee and tea so you can understand more about why they benefit our health so much…

About Javita Coffee

Created by coffee lovers for coffee lovers, Javita understands what you want (and expect) from your coffee, which is why ours offers you MORE energy, alertness and mental clarity, We’ve infused medicinal herbs (Bacopa monnieri, gotu kola and green tea), so it doesn’t just taste great, it’s also great for you.

Based on Asian Ayurvedic medicine, these herbs have been used for thousands of years to improve mental clarity (Bacopa monnieri), to enhance memory development, learning and concentration (gotu kola) and to increase energy, suppress appetite and improve mental processes (green tea).

About Javita Lean + Green Tea

Flavorful teas and great conversation have been bringing people together for centuries. However no other tea—black, red, oolong, etc.—has the dedicated following of green tea.

Its mild taste and sweet aroma provide a combination of invigorating and calming qualities, as well as having the highest concentration of beneficial phytonutrients, not to mention the thousands of studies on the health benefits—including supporting heart, brain, immune and blood sugar health, and countless anti-aging and anti-carcinogenic benefits.

Combine the widely reported fat-burning benefits of green tea, with the incredible fat-blocking power of Garcinia Cambogia and the sweet-stopping, crave-busting control of Gymnema Sylvestre, and you have Lean+Green—Javita’s one-two-three knockout punch to fight the ongoing weight-loss battle.

The long and short of it is that if we’re going to drink anything but water, why not drink favorites like coffee, tea, and sweet flavored drinks that taste great AND benefit our health?

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Eventually I’ll go into more specifics of what each drink offers. We’ve tried almost all of them and plan to eventually have a supply of every single one!

A note about Javita coffee and the weight loss perk

I want to emphasize again that Matt and I and our family are not drinking these as “weight loss” drinks. Our goal is good health, strong immune systems, removal of toxins, clearer minds and memory, and better concentration. That’s what we’re experiencing. That’s why we love it. That’s why we’re sharing it with you.

But we know several people who are also losing weight while drinking it, so take that and run if that is a goal you wish to achieve.

Silly as it may sound…I love fun drinks!

How fantastic that these are so very enjoyable and affordable and they happen to be so very good for us too! Coffee is one of my favorite things. I’m so grateful that this coffee fills my cup, brings so much enjoyment, and benefits my health too. All for just a buck a cup.

I encourage and invite you to become a part of our Dollar Coffee Club. Here’s how it works:

  1. Click here to check out our pretty new Coffee Club Shop.
  2. Click on “Learn More” or watch the video if you like.
  3. When you’re ready, click the “Order Now” button.
  4. Select your country.
  5. Click “Build Your Own.” (You can select a “Popular Pack” if you like, but I found it best to build my order specific to our family’s needs.)
  6. Select 2-5 boxes that you feel will benefit you and your family most. (I started with both varieties of coffee – the Burn + Control and the Mind + Energy – plus the Flex, the Defend, and the Fiber drinks.)
  7. As long as you select 2-5 boxes of coffee, shipping is free!
  8. In a few days your first shipment of drinks will arrive and you can have as much fun as we are having!
  9. After that, you’ll receive monthly auto shipments of drinks, but you can change your drink selections, add or subtract boxes, or cancel at any time.

If you want to do more of your own research, head over here and click on “Our Products” at the top of the page. Then you can click around on each product to read more about what they offer. When you’re ready to order, click “Order Now,” select your country, click on “Build Your Own,” and continue as described above.

There is no risk to trying these as they offer a 30-day guarantee. You can change your Auto-Delivery at any time, switch out products, or skip a month. Truly Javita makes it easy for you to enjoy their products without giving your life away. Starting out in the Dollar Coffee Club is what made us fall in love with the products – then we signed on as members so we could share it with you. That can come later if you like, and you can email me to get more info if that’s something you’d like to do as you share this with your friends. (Our Member Number is: 433280. If you decide to sign on as a member, which is super fun, you’ll need that number to get you started!)

Let me know if you have questions. My email address is laura@heavenlyhomemakers.com.

Healthy coffee and tea and sweet drinks for the win!

The Day We Became Owners of a Dollar Coffee Club (and an Instant Pot)

Today is a big day, my friends.

I finally broke down and bought an Instant Pot (this 8-quart one!) after so many of you told me how much time and effort it would save me in the kitchen. Nothing like being one of the last people on the planet to jump on a bandwagon, huh? So…Instant Pot for the win?! Well, I’ll keep you posted. :)

After this purchase, we did something even bigger than that.

After hearing about and trying out a variety of fabulously healthy coffees, teas, and other delicious drinks with huge health benefits and experiencing wonderful results, and then after asking dozens of questions and researching ingredients and asking a double dozen more questions…

Matt and I bought a coffee shop.

For real.

It’s actually all online, so we won’t be brewing java, pouring it into mugs, and topping drinks with whipped cream and syrup, then serving them in a traditional coffee shop way. But this way is many times better because…

a) These drinks all have big health benefits.
b) These drinks cost much less than a typical coffee shop $4+ per cup, and
c) These drinks are delivered to your very own porch.

(How exciting is this?!)

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During the past 11 years of our family’s health-seeking journey, we’ve been approached about dozens of “be all and end all” products that promise to heal everything that ails you. I’ve given many of them a fair try, taken time to read their ingredient list, and heard of people’s results. Some have been good and I’m happy for all who have benefited from what they offer.

But I’ve never felt much like jumping on board or sharing them with others – often because I haven’t loved the ingredient lists I read in each product. And here’s one thing I’ve noticed that has raised a big red flag to me about many of these “cure all your ailments” products:

I’ve seen people go from eating fast food every day and drinking lots of soda and almost never eating a veggie…to trying these new products while at the same time switching over to eat a healthy diet and start exercising. Sure enough, they see results. They lose weight and they feel better! Well, of course they do. They are finally eating nourishing foods and exercising after so many years of neglecting these healthy habits. So was it the product that helped or was it the good food and exercise that helped? I think it’s hard to know.

Plus I don’t believe there’s a one-size-fits-all product that heals all ailments, but that’s a whole-nother conversation. ;)

Why we bought a coffee shop

Is it enough to say: YUM! Healthy coffee, tea, and tasty cold sweet drinks!?! 

Those are certainly a perk, but there’s quite a bit more to it that that. :)

I will not say, “We found amazing drinks that will cure all migraines, eczema, diabetes, energy levels, learning struggles, focus and memory issues, joint pain, allergies, and help you lose weight too!” Many people have been helped in all these areas and more because of these drinks, but I’m not going to brag on these as “be all and end all” products.

What I will say is this: Matt and I are significantly impressed with what we have found in this company called Javita. We had never heard of it until a trusted friend (who has had many years of training and study in natural supplements and herbs) told us,

I can’t believe how much I love this and how good I feel about drinking these and giving them to my family. You could grow and harvest all these herbs in your yard yourself, or you can just drink this coffee or tea that already includes them. I know you love coffee. You have to try this.

Trying it was as easy as sitting down with a friend and sipping a cup of coffee and tea together. First things first: both drinks taste delicious. I trust my friend Nikki because she knows more than I do about herbs, but still, I read the box. I read info on her website. I ordered a few boxes of a variety of the drinks they offer just to check it out for a while. After all, I had to know, “Is this really as good as it seems?”

Sure enough.

The Coffee and Tea that can actually improve your health

Allow me to introduce you to Javita.

Beyond healthy varieties of coffee and tea, Javita carries tasty drinks pouches that you can stir into water that boost the immune system, aid in digestion, offer benefits for athletes, help regulate blood sugar, and reduce joint pain (I have a whole story to tell you someday about Flex).

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I think one of the biggest brags I can make about these drinks is that we started feeling the benefits from them while making no other changes to our lifestyle. We started drinking these after many years of already eating nourishing foods, drinking plenty of water, and exercising regularly. I believe this offers a true test of the benefits of these drinks.

And I guess the fact that I’m writing about them for you today and that other tiny fact that Matt and I invested in our very own Javita coffee shop tells you how we really feel about the goodness of the coffee, tea, and other drinks.

If I’m going to drink coffee every day, shouldn’t I be drinking one that helps keep my body and mind balanced? I sure think so.

How many ingredients?

Ah, the ingredient lists. They are gloriously short. Hallelujah! I didn’t recognize every item on the lists at first, but that’s because I am not an herbalist and have not done the research (until now). Now my research tells me that the ingredients in each of these drinks are absolutely pure, good, and beneficial for many different health needs.

My favorite Strawberry Lemonade FLEX drink supplement facts look like this:

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My favorite Burn + Control gourmet coffee blend ingredient list looks like this:

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The coffee actually brags of being “weight loss coffee.” I found that interesting and am very happy to share that fact with people. But I don’t drink the coffee to lose weight and I’m not sure you should either, even though that might be an added perk for some. I’m drinking the coffee, tea, and other drinks because they are pulling toxins from around my organs, cleansing my insides, giving me pure energy, helping me to think more clearly, and helping me to feel more emotionally balanced.

I can’t wait to share what the Flex Drink has done for me, but I feel like that should be another post for another time. (Just know that Flex is my second favorite behind the coffee drinks, because of how it takes away pain in a way that has made me ask more than once, “Is this too good to be true?”)

I will not bombard you but I want you to know that Javita products are absolutely worth trying. Matt and I are sold on them for so many reasons that I’ll continue to share as we embark on this Javita journey, and we’re so glad to add them to our daily diet. Our boys are still at church camp right now but you can bet that when they get home we’ll be giving them  Rush (before their sports work-outs), Defend (for immune system health), and Flex (any time they are in pain in any way).

I guess I should also mention that we love the taste of every single drink we’ve tried. Truly, these are fun and tasty and I’d feel naughty like I was drinking kool-aid and strawberry lemonade but I’m drinking herbs and coffee and becoming healthier so hoo-rah!

How much do the drinks cost?

They are $1.00 each when you join our Dollar Coffee Club. This is huge savings if you’re used to buying coffee shop drinks. But it can seem high if you’re used to brewing coffee and tea or making sweet drinks at home.

I’m a home-coffee brewer, and here’s why I still feel that $1/drink is a wonderful price: They are taking the place of many of our other supplements (and the coffee I was regularly buying) and they are keeping us from having to go to our natural doctor as often. This offers significant savings for us. And it’s a great perk that our new supplements come in the form of fun drinks! This is so much more enjoyable compared to chugging down vitamins and swallowing pills.

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Let me break down my highest recommendation for you if you’d like to try these drinks.

There are other ways of going about trying these and enjoying the perks of all Javita offers, but this is what we did at first and what I recommend so you can enjoy these and see what you think. Simply become a part of our Dollar Coffee Club:

  1. Click here to check out our pretty new Coffee Club Shop.
  2. Click on “Learn More” or watch the video if you like.
  3. When you’re ready, click the “Order Now” button.
  4. Select your country.
  5. Click “Build Your Own.” (You can select a “Popular Pack” if you like, but I found it best to build my order specific to our family’s needs.)
  6. Select 2-5 boxes that you feel will benefit you and your family most. (I started with both varieties of coffee – the Burn + Control and the Mind + Energy – plus the Flex, the Defend, and the Fiber drinks.)
  7. As long as you select 2-5 boxes of coffee, shipping is free!
  8. In a few days your first shipment of drinks will arrive and you can have as much fun as we are having!
  9. After that, you’ll receive monthly auto shipments of drinks, but you can change your drink selections, add or subtract boxes, or cancel at any time.

There is no risk to trying these as they offer a 30-day guarantee. You can change your Auto-Delivery at any time, switch out products, or skip a month. Truly Javita makes it easy for you to enjoy their products without giving your life away. Starting out in the Dollar Coffee Club is what made us fall in love with the products – then we signed on as members so we could share it with you. That can come later if you like, and you can email me to get more info if that’s something you’d like to do as you share this with your friends. (Our Member Number is: 433280. If you decide to sign on as a member, which is super fun, you’ll need that number to get you started!)

Have questions?

Let me know. I’m new at this too, but I’ve tried enough products to love them and to have learned some specific recommendations depending on your family’s needs. My email address is: laura@heavenlyhomemakers.com.

I can’t wait for you to try these great drinks and I really can’t wait to hear more about how you like them!

Check out our Dollar Coffee Club here.