Think about a few of your personal thoughts regarding the pros and cons of drinking coffee.
Have you been frightened to believe that it’s horrible for you?
Many people feel that coffee should be tossed in the trash like a gifted novelty condom displaying Mick Jagger’s iconic tongue.
There has been a coffee conundrum taking place in the past few years, with many ups and downs reported within the nutritional world.
It’s time to uncover and solidify the facts.
Coffee has a slew of benefits. It’s considered a medicinal and metabolic nutritional tool, and is a dynamic drink that you should consider incorporating into your lifestyle.
Do you remember the Folger’s coffee jingle from years ago? — “The best part of waking up, is Folgers in your cup!” — They certainly knew how to ring the Pavlovian coffee bell of many generations due to that catchy tune and commercial.
Coffee has come a long way since that brand which was first introduced in 1850. There are now tens of thousands of independent coffee houses that serve up a tasty Cup O’ Joe.
Coffee has received positive press about its antioxidant benefits, metabolism boosting elements, and disease protecting qualities.
It has also been in the spotlight, with an unfavorable finger pointing at how it will ruin your sleep, install a new addiction to your life, and dehydrate you more than a stranded seaman.
Many food items are at fault for being bad. When it comes to coffee, the individual drinking too much of it deserves to have the finger pointing at them, not the cup of coffee.
Coffee contains caffeine, which is a substance that you are probably very familiar with. Caffeine is a compound that is found in coffee plants, which acts as a stimulant to our nervous system. It’s one of the more popular and legal psychoactive drugs.
Our society is probably at an all time high when it comes to drinking coffee. There is no arguing that. The question lies in the quantity consumed and how this beverage is being used by the individual.
Did you know that a typical cup of drip coffee has more caffeine it in than a typical double espresso drink? An 8 oz. cup of drip coffee contains between 95-200mg of caffeine, while a 1 oz. espresso typically contains 47-75mg of caffeine.
According to eimportz.com, “coffee statistics show that among coffee drinkers, the average consumption in the United States is 3.1 cups of coffee per day.” Yowza! That is enough caffeine to juice up a dead car battery.
When it comes to being cautious about coffee, it’s simple.
People who have high blood pressure, sleep issues (insomnia), and anxiety, must be mindful of coffee and what their body is displaying. Individuals who relish in coffee beer bongs every two hours just to stay motivated at work may want to consider taking it down a notch.
Keep in mind that the caffeine in coffee is halved (roughly) after four to six hours. If you drink a 200mg cup of drip coffee at 3pm, this means that you can still have about 100mg of caffeine in your body at 9pm. Sleep issues beware!
When coffee is enjoyed in the right way, the benefits are ten fold.
The benefits of coffee include:
- It’s thermogenic; produces heat, stimulates the metabolism, and helps stoke your fat burning fire
- Supplies the body with Vitamin B1 and Magnesium. Both contribute to the production of energy in your body.
- Provides a powerful antioxidant called cholorgenic acid, which helps improve insulin sensitivity and targets free radicals.
- Inhibits iron (a toxic metal) absorption if sipped after a meal
- Allows more blood to reach the brain. Say hello to creativity and work productivity!
- Provides the antioxidant caffeic, which has protective qualities against cancers and other diseases. Been associated with lower incidences of breast, lung, and prostate cancer.
- Enhances enzyme pathways in the liver, helping you detoxify estrogen.
- Raises nitric oxide production which improves blood vessel health (overall vascular health).
- Gives you a great workout boost enhancing endurance, strength, and power.
Here are some quick tips how to enjoy coffee with a healthy twist:
- Drink coffee after you have food in your stomach (coffee on an empty stomach means more adrenaline and blood sugar imbalances)
- Enjoy coffee in the morning versus the late afternoon or evening
- Choose sipping over chugging
- Try espresso vs. drip coffee
- Test out a few organic varieties
- Become familiar with your caffeine limit (what’s your jitter scale?)
- If you are a hardcore coffee lover, pick one time in the morning and another time before 2pm, if you absolutely need a second coffee boost
- Steer clear from using artificial sweeteners (Splenda, Sweet N Low, Equal).
- Use some fat (cream or coconut oil) and a sucrose based sweetener (sugar or honey). This will act as an adrenaline and blood sugar cushion.
- Call a friend and schedule a social coffee shop outing once a week!
As you can see, there are a plethora of perks when it comes to the health benefits of coffee.
If mainstream reporting has scared the coffee drinking bejeezus out of you, take a few steps back from the slander and hold off from kicking your cup of coffee to the curb.