More and more research is suggesting that there are more health benefits associated with drinking coffee than just much needed energy boost it provides.
Coffee is, actually, very healthy.
- It improves energy levels due to its caffeine and it is believed to improve mood, memory, reaction time, vigilance, and some other brain functions.
- Coffee contains large amounts of powerful antioxidants. Because many people drink several cups of coffee per day, it can be the biggest source of antioxidants in the diet.
- It can lower your risk of type 2 diabetes. Researchers at Harvard School of Public Health carried out a study and evaluated the diet of the participants in the study. They found that the participants who increased their coffee intake by more than one cup a day had a lower risk of type 2 diabetes.
- It is incredibly effective in protecting against Alzheimer’s disease.
- It may lower your risk of Parkinson’s disease. Not only that higher intake of coffee is associated with lower incidence of this disease, but the caffeine in coffee may actually help control movement in patients suffering from this disease.
- Coffee has protective effect on the liver. It reduces the inflammation of the liver and drinking more than 2 cups of coffee every day may protect against cirrhosis, especially alcoholic cirrhosis.
- It may also lower your risk of some cancers, especially liver and colorectal cancer. Italian researchers have concluded that coffee consumption can lower the risk of cancer by 40%.
- Coffee contains important nutrients, such as: Riboflavin, Manganese, Potassium, Magnesium, and Niacin.
- It appears to lower the risk of developing depression and it can make you happier.
To make your coffee routine healthier and more positive, try to follow these tips:
Buy good quality, organic and fair-trade coffee, preferably roasted locally. If you can, buy whole beans and grind them at home.
Eat something before you drink your coffee. Your body will thank you for it.
If you like it sweet, use honey or organic agave nectar. Avoid using sugar or any other artificial sweeteners, such as aspartame, sucralose, or saccharin. They change the body chemistry and are associated with all sorts of health problems.
You can change and improve the taste of your coffee by adding clover, nutmeg, or cinnamon to it. Each of them can not only improve the flavor, but they provide surprising health benefits. Because cinnamon doesn’t dissolve well in coffee, you may want to add it to your coffee ground and brew it all together.
Use coconut oil, grass-fed butter, or almond or cashew milk, if you need a creamer. You should definitely avoid the artificial creamers. They are highly processed and full of harmful ingredients.
Make your coffee even more tastier by adding some cocoa. It is full of antioxidants and has many health benefits, including a lower risk of cancer and health disease. Besides, it will bring back warm and delightful childhood memories of drinking hot chocolate in the cold winter days.
Try to take time to savor your coffee. Focus on the warmth of your coffee mug and, as you bring the cup closer to your mouth notice the aroma radiating from the coffee. Take some time to inhale and savor the aroma. Take your first sip and enjoy the taste as if it were your first sip of coffee ever. Focus on its aroma, on how it makes you feel, and how much you enjoy it. Appreciate it. Taste it. Relax and give yourself time to do nothing but drink your coffee. Be aware of the moment and appreciate it with all your senses. Don’t think about your next meeting, don’t write your to-do list, and don’t check your phone. It’s just you and the best coffee you’ve ever had.
Coffee is a stimulant, so try not to drink it late in the day, otherwise it will keep you awake when you need your sleep. Drinking too much coffee can have negative effects. It can raise the level of acidity in your stomach, cause anxiety, depression, or it can increase the risk of heart attack in patients with high blood pressure.
Moderation is key here. Use your best judgement, and as long as you don’t overdo it, drinking coffee can be a healthy, positive experience.
How do you like your coffee? How do you make yours even healthier and tastier?