Q: I have been reading about the negative side effects of caffeine and what to do know if there is a healthy alternative to coffee? – Linda, Sebring
Answer: Coffee has a myriad of health benefits, however, because of its high caffeine concentration, I suggest you drink coffee in moderation. Caffeinated beverages such as coffee can create anxiety, insomnia, and fatigue in some people. Bladder infections and irritable bowel syndrome are also associated with high levels of caffeine intake.
Teecino (pronounced Tea Chee No) is a no caffeine coffee alternative that has the deep rich flavor of coffee. Teecino provides a natural energy boost, is gluten free, and contains Inulin. Inulin is a fiber found in chicory root that improves digestion. This fiber also helps the absorption of calcium and other minerals.
Teecino is sold in single serve tea bags or ground like coffee in a package. This product is available in your local health food stores. For more information, please visit www.Teecino.com.
Q: What is the Paleo diet? – Hollie, Sebring
The Paleo diet is a way of eating that is based on our ancestors during the hunter / gathering phase of civilization. This diet focuses on foods such as grass fed meats, seafood, fish, vegetables, nuts, fruits, and healthy fats. The concept of this “diet” is to eliminate the following: dairy, cereal grains, refined sugars, salt and processed foods. This is not a vegetarian diet because it includes meats.
By eating these types of food, it is believed that cholesterol will be lowered, energy will increase, and your overall risk for health problems will be decreased.
While I personally do not follow any specific “diet,” I do encourage this type of eating. Incorporating whole foods into each meal is a simple and affordable way to eat healthy. For recipes and other nutritional information regarding the Paleo Diet, please visit www.ThePaleoDiet.com