Let's talk about coffee! But first a confession - I a big coffee fan, but I know there are good points and bad ones about coffee.
Let's dive in first to the benefits of drinking coffee.
Benefits of Drinking Coffee
Coffee is beloved for its ability to provide a quick boost of energy and increase mental alertness. That's because caffeine is a stimulant that can help you feel more awake and focused.
For me, it's simply the beautiful combination of taste and aroma, alongside the opportunity to take a short break from work or catch up with friends.
Here are some of the extra benefits of a cup of coffee:
coffee consumption has been linked to a lower risk of Parkinson's and Alzheimer's.
can be beneficial in treating asthma and other breathing issues.
contains polyphenols which have antioxidant properties.
lowers the risk of liver disease including liver cancer, cirrhosis, and gallstones.
may reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes by improving glucose metabolism and insulin sensitivity.
Increases blood flow and so may increase physical performance.
can be useful as part of an intermittent fasting routine.
So that's the good points, let's move on to the flip side of the coin.
The negative effects of coffee
On the downside, coffee can:
caffeine can cause jitters and anxiety.
disrupts sleep if taken too late in the day.
in some people, it may cause acid reflux and indigestion.
can cross the placenta during pregnancy, so consumption should be limited to a maximum of two small cups per day.
It's worth bearing in mind that the way you consume your coffee can also impact its effects. For example, adding milk and sugar can significantly increase the calorie count and potentially negate any health benefits.
Drinking too much coffee too quickly can also cause a sudden caffeine rush that can lead to a crash later on.
Also, remember that some people are simply just more sensitive to the effects of caffeine. Learn to be aware of your tolerance or if you should give it a miss altogether.
Four Top Tips for Drinking Coffee
As I've already said, I'm a coffee lover, if you are too can I make a few suggestions?
Don't drink coffee first thing in the morning. It's more likely to cause jitters and a crash later in the morning. Stick to water when you first wake up. Water will hydrate you and get your brain and body moving better than coffee will.
Limit your coffee consumption. I recommend to my clients no more than 2 cups per day. Try having one mid-morning and one before 3 pm.
Get good quality coffee. Organic if you can. Be aware that coffee can contain molds and mycotoxins so be careful of your source.
Ideally, store coffee beans or ground coffee in the freezer. This will keep the coffee fresh. Don't worry you don't have to defrost it before use.
So there you have it, the good and the bad of coffee. While it can provide a quick energy boost and offer some potential health benefits, it's important to be mindful of the downsides as well.
By consuming coffee in moderation, choosing high-quality beans, and being mindful of how you prepare and consume it, you can enjoy all the perks of a great cup of coffee without the negative side effects. So go ahead, savor that delicious cup of coffee, and enjoy all the benefits it has to offer!
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