7 Health Benefits of Coffee

Coffee drinkers REJOICE!!! Today, September 29th, is NATIONAL COFFEE DAY!!

In honor of National Coffee Day, let’s review some of the health benefits of sipping your favorite cup of Joe.

another cup of Joe, please!

7 Health Benefits of Coffee

  1. Prevention of Type 2 Diabetes– Solid data here suggests that those who drink more than six or seven cups daily were 35% less likely to have type 2 diabetes than people who drank fewer than two cups daily. There was a smaller perk — a 28% lower risk — for people who drank 4-6 cups a day. The findings held regardless of sex, weight, or geographic location. There is good news in that decaffeinated coffee is as effective as caffeinated coffee.
  2. Lower risk of Heart Disease, Stroke, and Arrhythmias – There is a relationship between type 2 diabetes and heart disease and strokes, thus by lowering the risk of diabetes, you lower the risk of heart disease and stroke. Call it a medical two for one special! Studies have also shown that people who reported drinking 1-3 cups of coffee per day were 20% less likely to be hospitalized for abnormal heart rhythms (arrhythmias) than nondrinkers, regardless of other risk factors.
  3. Lower Risk of Parkinson’s Disease – Interestingly, the science is pointing to caffeine being the reason for a decrease risk of Parkinson’s, though science is unsure why.
  4. Lower Risk of Alzheimer’s and Dementia– A Scandinavian study showed those who reported drinking 3-5 cups of coffee daily were 65% less likely to develop dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, compared with nondrinkers or occasional coffee drinkers.
  5. Prevention of Liver Cancer – Studies are showing a strong association between regular coffee consumption and a reduced risk of liver cancer.
  6. Improves Your Mood – Caffeine is a well-known stimulant, giving you a boost in energy. The caffeine in coffee enters the blood stream and travels to the brain where it blocks an inhibitory neurotransmitter adenosine. Once blocked, the brain produces other neurotransmitters like norepinephrine and dopamine, which in turn improves your mood, as well as other brain functions such as memory, alertness, and reaction times.
  7. Fight Depression – This is related to the point made above about coffee improving your mood. A Harvard study published in 2011, women who drank 4 or more cups of coffee per day had a 20% lower risk of becoming depressed, and another study in 208,424 individuals found that those who drank 4 or more cups per day were 53% less likely to die by suicide.
Whoa! Be careful with that pour!

Down sides to coffee?

This article is not intended to encourage you to swim in a vat of coffee. There are known issues with the over consumption of caffeine, and they include anxiety, fatigue, addiction, high blood pressure, insomnia, and digestive issues.

For most people, it will be the ingredients they add to their coffee that will take away from the benefits listed above. An enormous amount of sugar and saturated fats is found in specialty coffee drinks. These drinks eliminate any benefit of coffee and lead to a higher risk of diabetes, weight gain, higher blood pressure, heart disease, and stroke. These specialty coffee drinks should always be avoided.

Bottomline, if you enjoy drinking coffee, continue to do so as there are tremendous for doing so. But if you add large amounts of sugar or fats to your coffee, you are likely negating all those benefits and potentially causing more harm. Consider replacing your sugar with a non-sugar solution such as plant-based stevia.

Kudos to the folks at Healthline and WebMD for the information I was able to collect for this article.



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7 Ways To Maintain a Healthy Liver

liver2Our health has been top of mind for months, and when the news headlines exclusively focus on threats to your health, I think it is a good time to ask, “What more can I do to protect my health?” The obvious answer is to follow the advice from healthcare officials on how to limit your risk to COVID 19 exposure. Nonetheless, people who are being careful about their exposure, are still becoming ill.

Since no course of action appears to be foolproof, we must consider what we can all do to ensure that we are in the best health that we can be so that we can best fight COVID 19 should we contract it. So, over the course of the next few weeks, I’ll feature health tips of ways to improve various areas of your health, and in this post, I’ll start with the liver.

Why The Liver?

Your liver is one of the largest filters within your body, and largely responsible for eliminating unwanted waste so that the body can function in peak condition. Bottom line, with a healthy liver, you stand the best chance of conquering diseases.

The liver is also an amazing organ in that it can regenerate damaged areas and is fairly self sufficient as long as do a few things to protect it.

  1. Stop heavy drinking: If you knew anything about the liver, then you knew this would be tip #1. The liver can only process so much alcohol at a time, and too much alcohol kills the live cells. Remember when I said the liver can regenerate? It can, but you MUST give it a rest from alcohol.
  2. Watch out for dietary supplements: Body building formulas and weight lose formulas many times contain substances that can harm your liver, and if you are using these products for 30 plus days, you could be doing real damage. Surprisingly, illegal anabolic steroids and green tea extract, accounted for about half of the cases of liver damage linked to supplements. Other herbal products known to harm the liver include chaparral, comfrey, kava, skullcap, and yohimbe.
  3. Maintain a healthy weight: Obesity increases the risk of fatty liver disease and liver cancer.
  4. Healthy diet: To maintain your healthy weight, you need to eat a healthy diet. A healthy diet also takes pressure off the liver, as won’t have to work so hard to filter out “the bad stuff”. Skip the manufactured food, refined sugars, and high saturated fats (sausage, bacon, ground beef, cold cuts).
  5. Don’t mix your OTC drugs with alcohol: The big one here is to watch acetaminophen, as too much can damage the liver, and if you take the drug regularly and consume alcohol, you are putting the liver under greater strain.
  6. Vaccinate for Hepatitis A & B: Vaccinations for these strains of hepatitis are available now. Talk to your doctor and see if you are a good candidate for vaccination.
  7. Safe Sex: Hepatitis B & C is passed by bodily fluids, so at the very least, wrap that rascal!

I hope you found this information helpful. Please leave a comment below and share your thoughts.