Monday, November 21, 2011

Fill Your Cup: The Benefits Of A Morning Cup Of Coffee

We all have our own morning routine.  Mine consists of rushing to get ready for work in 40 minutes after hitting the snooze button a couple of times and downing about two cups of coffee before I can be considered a real person; the key word there being coffee.  Without it, I’m not sure what I would do or how I would function.   

I didn’t used to drink coffee.  I wasn’t always a fan of its rich, earthy taste and smell.  It wasn’t until I graduated into “real life” status that I indulged daily on the beverage.  But similar to red wine, it’s a drink that grows on you as you mature.

I crave coffee in the mornings like I crave a Friday night happy hour beer.   It gets my day going, and I have perfected exactly what I put in it to make it my way.  Luckily, coffee’s bad rap of making your teeth yellow and being unhealthy for you is a thing of the past.

More studies are being published on the health benefits of drinking coffee.  Did you know that coffee drinkers are less likely to develop type II diabetes, Parkinson’s disease and dementia, and have fewer cases of certain cancers, heart rhythm problems and strokes?  Coffee is a plant-based drink (duh, coffee beans), so it’s high in antioxidants, which may be the leading reason why it can help prevent said diseases.

Coffee has also recently proven to reduce depression in women, according to a Harvard University study.  Yippee! We can be healthy AND happy just by drinking delicious, caffeinated beverages! I wish everything in life were this easy. 

Researchers and doctors alike advise drinking coffee in moderation throughout the day, and too much coffee can be harmful (as with anything in life).  It’s comforting to know my once bad habit of using coffee as a crutch to get me going each day is now a recommended benefit to my daily health.    

So all you coffee drinkers out there can rejoice and unite in the fact it’s good for you and will aid in preventing certain illnesses.  I know I’ll be drinking that extra cup today with a smile on my face knowing I’m helping myself wake up and be healthy all at the same time. 

By: Chelsea Josten | Image: Source


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