How Can Coffee Benefit My Health?
Are you someone that looks forward to their morning cup of coffee? If so, that’s a great thing. Though coffee may contain caffeine and even stain your teeth over time, the health benefits coffee far outweigh the negatives.
So, how is coffee beneficial to your health?
Keeps you hydrated.
Coffee is great because it can help keep hydrated. Back in the day, experts said that coffee doesn’t count as one of your eight glasses you’re supposed to consume throughout the day, although, now, experts say it does. Coffee is a great way to keep you hydrated and is the perfect way to start your day.
Improves your mood.
Did you know that by drinking coffee you can reduce your risk for depression by as much as 20 percent? Yes, coffee is known for improving your mood and for boosting your happy hormones. Not only does coffee help you get out of the bed in the morning, but it gives you something to look forward to as well.
Reduces your health risks.
Coffee can also help reduce your risks for certain diseases and cancers. From Type 2 diabetes to dementia and even skin cancer, coffee can help reduce your risks greatly. Each time you have a cup of coffee, you can feel great about giving your body some added protection against harmful illnesses.
Though we’re supposed to get our antioxidants from our healthy diet, it is said that American’s are getting more antioxidants from coffee than anything else. By drinking coffee each day, you’re consuming some of the wonderful antioxidants that keep your body healthy and that protect against damage. When we breathe in polluted air and take in free radicals, they enter the body and try to attack all our healthy cells and DNA. Free radicals can be caused by the sun, radiation and even dangerous pollutants. Now, when free radicals do take over our body, they weaken the body and make it very prone to certain diseases and illnesses. By drinking coffee on a regular basis, you can consume more antioxidants, reverse the damage free radicals have already done, and protect the body against any new free radicals that will eventually enter your body.
As you can see, coffee is very well-rounded, and contains several different health benefits. From keeping you hydrated to increasing your antioxidant levels, coffee can work wonders for all parts of your body.
LisaMetzgar, PhD,she received her BA in Biology from UCSD, is a certified Holistic Health Practitioner, and received her Ph.D. in Holistic Nutrition.
Lisa has taught body mind retreats in San Diego, Seattle, and Australia and currently has a practice in Reno, NV where she does nutrition counseling.Lisa's passion is to educate families about a healthy lifestyle.
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