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For many people, nothing beats the sweet smell and taste of coffee in the morning. The only time it put me off was during pregnancy. Otherwise, it is often a go-to drink for me especially in the winter. However, should we really be drinking a cup each day?
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10 Health Reasons to Drink Coffee
54% of Americans drink coffee daily.
In fact, coffee is the most drank beverage in the world.
While some people drink coffee for energy or because they love the taste, it actually offers numerous health benefits.
Reduce Your Risk Of Developing Diabetes
Over 9% of American’s now have diabetes. The number one factor behind its development is a poor diet and overall bad lifestyle choices.
Drinking too much coffee is itself a bad lifestyle choice. However, drinking a couple of cups daily is not only okay, it also reduces your risk of developing diabetes.
Scientists at Harvard School of Public Health evaluated data from 128,000 healthcare professionals who were surveyed about their diet choices for more than 20 years. During those two decades, 7,300 of them were diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes, but the ones who drank more than one cup of coffee daily, had an 11% lower risk for the disease.
When is the last time you needed a filling at the dentist?
I cringe each time as the cost of dental work in Alaska is at a premium.
One main health benefit of coffee is that decreases tooth decay. Several studies have shown that roasted coffee beans are antibacterial against the S. mutans, the bacterium that causes tooth decay.
Additionally, roasted coffee prevents the absorption of such bacteria by the teeth. In the studies, various types of coffee beans were used, both roasted and unroasted, Arabia and Robusta. While all of them provided similar benefits, the roasted varieties seemed to be more active in preventing bacteria from sticking to the teeth.
Coffee May Reduce Your Risk Of Developing Alzheimer’s
The cases of Alzheimer’s disease are growing at a scary rate. New research is showing that by the age of 80 you have at least a 50% chance of succumbing to it.
There are preventative measures you can take to lower your risk and drinking coffee is one of them.
Coffee Improves Your Mood
Coffee contains caffeine, a nootropic that improves your mood and cognitive functioning. In short, it makes you more alert, but it also boosts your mood.
I have seen this to be true in my life. Days where I wake groggy have me perking up after a cup of coffee.
This is especially noticeable if you’ve been drinking coffee each day for a year and suddenly stop. You might experience a downshift in your mood, and only by drinking more coffee are you able to raise your spirits.
Coffee Is Good For Your Liver
Avoid alcohol and drink more coffee is the advice here. While the former can damage your liver beyond repair, the latter just wants to protect it.
Coffee Could Prevent Skin Cancer
Skin cancer is now one of the fastest growing cancers in the world, and more and more people each year are being diagnosed with it.
There are things you can do to cut your risk, and this includes drinking more coffee. Scientists have theorized that caffeine is responsible for this, though no final conclusion has yet been reached.
Coffee Improves Your Cardiovascular Health
We’re always being told that coffee is bad for our heart.
True, too much coffee is bad for your heart. If you drank 30 cups a day, as the great French writer Balzac was reported to have done, you are putting yourself at massive risk of having a heart attack.
However, if you drink coffee each day in moderation, you can actually improve the health of your heart.
Coffee Strengthens Your DNA
Did you know that DNA strands can break?
For me, that is a rather scary proposition!
If you want to prevent this rather alarming thing from happening all too often, you could drink more coffee. The caffeine tightens DNA integrity.
Rich In Antioxidants
Antioxidants are your body’s first line of defense against rogue free radicals, and coffee contains more than many fruits, including oranges and grapes.
And, Yes, Coffee Could Help You Live Longer
Okay, let’s expand on that carrot at the top of this article.
We’ll let Ming Ding, M.D. explain this one:
“Bioactive compounds in coffee reduce insulin resistance and systematic inflammation. They might be responsible for the inverse association between coffee and mortality. However, more studies are needed to investigate the biological mechanisms producing these effects.”
Summary of 10 Health Reasons to Drink Coffee
In short, there are many good reasons to drink coffee each day.
Make sure to include it as only one part of your lifestyle choices. Drink plenty of water to help balance your pH levels. And, keep the calorie count down by drinking it black or limiting things like cream and sugar.
Suggestions for Getting Your Cup of Coffee Each Day
In our house, we have both a regular coffeepot and a Keurig.
The coffeepot gets used on the weekends when both my husband and I want to have a cup of coffee. At home we have a traditional pot. For camping or the RV, we have both percolator and press available.
Mr. Coffee 12-Cup Programmable Coffee Maker , ChromeBLACK+DECKER 12-Cup Thermal Coffeemaker, Black/Silver, CM2035BFarberware Classic Stainless Steel Yosemite 8-Cup Coffee PercolatorFrench Press Coffee & Tea Makers 8 Cup (1 liter, 34 oz)
During the week we brew ours one cup at a time. Currently, we have an original Keurig in our Alaska home. With a pending move, that one is being passed onto our son. So, I am looking at the all in one option to keep a single brew option.
Keurig K575 Single Serve Programmable K-Cup Coffee Maker with 12 oz Brew Size and Hot Water on Demand, PlatinumKeurig K15 Single Serve Compact K-Cup Pod Coffee Maker, BlackNinja Coffee Bar Single-Serve System with Built-In Frother (CF112)Hamilton Beach 49976 Flex brew 2-Way Brewer Programmable Coffee Maker, Black
When it comes to making ‘fancy’ drinks, you will want a way to brew espresso and another for frothing milk.
AeroPress Coffee and Espresso Maker with Tote BagElectric Milk Frother – Kuissential Slickfroth 2.0, Handheld Cappuccino, Latte and Coffee MakerNorpro Glass Froth MasterEpica Automatic Electric Milk Frother and Heater Carafe
How to Make Your Coffee
A basic coffee is easy to do, especially with a pod in the Keurig.
For a ‘fancy’ drink, check these out. When I make a mocha at home, I sometimes add a drop of Peppermint Essential Oil.
How do you take your coffee? Black or with stuff in it?
How often do you drink coffee?