November 16, 2007
Drinking coffee is like wearing brass knuckles and punching yourself square in the adrenal glands.
Ralph T. Golan, ND, describes this unfortunate state in his book, Herbal Defense: "Caffeine forces your glands to secrete when they don't have much left to give, and they have to keep digging deeper and deeper, making you more and more tired over time. And over the years, it takes more and more coffee to get the same result. Some people reach the point of drinking half a dozen or more cups of coffee to get the same result and it's barely keeping them awake. That's severe adrenal depletion."
Grain coffee is an alternative drink recommended by macrobiotic diets. It resembles coffee in its appearance and roasted flavor. Made of barley and chicory (lettuce? super weird!) it's roasted and ground into a brown powder that dissolves in hot water. Tastes good with milk and sugar, (or soy milk and agave...) and won't leave you with coffee breath!
Find it at Whole Foods and here on Amazon.