5 things to add to your coffee for a health boost

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Do you need a coffee to jumpstart your day? Multi-task by adding 1 (or 5) of these add-ins to give you some extra health perks.

Collagen

Collagen not only gives you a boost of protein, but it can help with you gut health, is an anti-aging supplement for skin regeneration and can assist in balancing your hormones. I add a couple of scoops to my morning coffee. It completely dissolves and there’s no taste - so you don’t even notice.

Inulin fibre

Inulin is a type of soluble fibre found in many plants. It can help to stimulate the growth of beneficial bacteria which improves digestion, immunity and overall health. As it also moves through the body undigested, it can promoting fullness and satiety.

Start with one teaspoon each day for a couple of weeks, if you start with too much it may cause bloating.

Medicinal mushrooms

No not the salad type, the healing type. Medicinal mushrooms can be used to reduce stress, boost your immune system and give you an energy kick.

Lion’s Mane is our favourite to add to coffee. It is known as ‘your brain’s best friend’, as it can boost creativity, give you energising effects and support your immune functions.

Cordyceps is another great choice to add to your daily brew, as it has a naturally balanced cellular boost of vitality and endurance for your body. This is perfect if you have a quick coffee before your workout.

Start with half a teaspoon - it has a bitter taste, so better to start small (so you don’t notice) and work your way up.

MCT oil

Not just for those on the keto diet, MCTs have lots of benefits.

MCT oil contains fatty acids that can promote weight loss by reducing body fat, increasing fullness and potentially improving your gut environment. Also due to their shorter chain length, MCTs easily enter your cells without being broken down, so they can be used as an immediate source of energy. We like to support Melrose, a local Aussie high quality brand.

Vitamin D

Vitamin D deficiency is common in Australia with over 30% of adults having a mild, moderate or even severe deficiency. The main source of vitamin D is from exposure to sunlight, however many adults don’t have adequate vitamin D levels, especially during winter (hands up Melbournites who are plagued by grey skies!).

Cue, Vitamin D drops. Vitamin D is heat stable so it won’t damage the structure and you just need 1 drop (it has no taste).

And of course the benefits - Vitamin D regulates the absorption of calcium and phosphorus, and facilitates normal immune system function. Getting a sufficient amount of vitamin D is important for development of bones and teeth, as well as improved resistance against certain diseases.

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Before we let you go, please be aware that these supplements aren’t an overnight one-hit-wonder. Take consistently for at least 2 months to start noticing a real change. And as per normal, always make sure you run anything new to your health life with your doctor.