I took a gut health test, here’s what it revealed about coffee.
Over these last 13 years, I’ve answered thousands of nutrition questions from our viewers.
In the beginning, my foundational philosophies on nutrition were simple.
Even though I still standby these nutrition philosophies for the majority of people, my ongoing education in nutrition revealed one major outlier.
What works for the majority of people, may not work for your unique body.
One example is coffee.
I’ll go into more details on that in just a bit.
Based on this new mindset shift, over the last 6 years, I’ve taken a more scientific and data driven approach to my specific health and wellness.
To do this, a few months ago I took an at home full body intelligence gut health test.
Based on the analysis of my blood, saliva, and stool, I was given a personalized list of foods, classified as either:
One thing that really surprised me about my superfoods list was mushrooms.
I wasn’t a picky eater as a child, however there was one food I would not eat, it was mushrooms.
Maybe I’m tripping, but I just remember being disgusted by those little nose hair looking things on mushrooms.
Based on this, it’s ironic to see multiple types of mushrooms are considered a superfood for me.
Fortunately, as an adult, the health benefits of mushrooms now far outweighs my earlier childhood concerns of eating “nose hairs”.
I know it seems like I’m going on a little tangent here, but I promise I’ll close the loop on this mushroom story in just a bit.
Now it’s time to look at my “Minimize” list.
There were a few shocking items on this list, but one item that stood out was coffee.
I say it stood out because it actually re-affirmed an earlier theory I had on coffee.
To be clear, I would not classify myself as a coffee fiend.
Fun fact, I never had my first coffee until I was in my 30s.
This means I actually went through 4 years of university and 9 years of working in corporate marketing, without having a cup of coffee at the office.
I remember that I was just never a fan of the taste of coffee.
However, my interest in coffee changed when I discovered you could add protein powder to coffee to make an iced protein coffee pre-workout shake.
Since 2012, I’ve been drinking one of those coffee combos pretty much every day, but not including my 6 week no caffeine challenge that I did back in 2020.
However, once I started getting into coffee, I also noticed I started sweating from my armpits a lot, even when it wasn’t hot outside.
This was new to me because when I was working in corporate marketing, sweating was never a problem for me.
I always wore dress shirts and never once remembered getting arm pit sweat marks.
Around this time, I also left the corporate world to start my own business and was recently divorced.
Therefore, in addition to the coffee, the stress of being an entrepreneur, and going through a divorce may have also led to my anxiety sweating.
However, to this day, the armpit sweating never went away.
It also didn’t go away during my 6 week no caffeine challenge.
In fact, I still have to wear this sweatproof undershirt whenever I go out.
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So maybe it’s something deeper with my anxiety.
Around this same time in 2013, I also remember taking a food intolerance test with a naturopathic doctor.
Based on my test results, one of the foods that I seemed to be most sensitive too was coffee.
Fast forward 10 years, and this is why I said my recent gut health test was so re-affirming about my theory on coffee.
It’s pretty clear, based on two separate tests, and the ironic timing of my anxiety, that drinking coffee may not be the best choice for me.
With that said, remember when I told you mushrooms were a superfood for me?
Well I was pumped to hear about a coffee alternative called mushroom coffee.
I tried a couple of the most popular mushroom coffee brands, but my favorite was from today’s sponsor, MUD\WTR.
I just started using the MUD\WTR morning ritual starter pack, which includes a 30-serving tin of :rise which is a blend of cacao, chai, mushrooms, and plant based adaptogens.
The MUD\WTR starter pack also includes a free:
I’ve been experimenting with replacing the coffee in my coconut oil and butter coffee with MUD\WTR.
The taste is a slightly different than my regular coconut oil butter coffee, however I still enjoy the smooth and creamy blend.
I also love that this ingredient swap allows me to minimize the consumption of coffee, which is considered a “minimize food”, with mushrooms, which are classified as a “superfood” to my unique gut microbiome.
I’ve also tried other leading mushroom coffee alternative brands, however in my opinion, the MUD\WTR flavor of the chai mixed with cacao just flat out tastes better.
Plus, all the ingredients are 100% organic, with only a fraction of the caffeine compared to a cup of coffee.
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However, with all this said, let me be clear.
If you love coffee, and don’t experience the caffeine jitters, afternoon energy crashes, or sleep disruption, enjoy it.
Therefore, just because coffee may not be the best option for me, it doesn’t mean it’s not good for you.
If you’re on the fence of if coffee is good for you or not, you can take a gut health test (use code: LIVELEAN110), or swap out coffee with MUD\WTR for 30 days, and see how you feel.
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Brad Gouthro is the founder of Live Lean TV, a media company focused on helping men and women “Live Lean” 365 days a year. Brad’s programs and content have helped millions of people all over the world learn how to get in shape, and more importantly, sustain it for life.