Coffee is one of the most popular drinks in the world. You can go just about anywhere and get a cup of that warm and delicious drink.
I was late to the coffee drinking club. I succumbed when I worked as a parole officer. Generally, I worked 8-5p except for 1 day a week I had to be at the office at 7 am and work until 7 pm (I know, poor me). It was those days that I reached for coffee to wake me up and perk me up in the afternoon. I would drink it black because it was for medicinal purposes, of course. 🙂
I didn’t learn to enjoy coffee until years later. Now, I have at least one cup a day usually with stevia but some days during my “eating window” I might add cream.
Yes, I drink tea but my drink of choice in the morning is coffee. I’ve even gotten my husband to enjoy a cup with me each day.
If you know my story, it wasn’t until after we had children that I even knew about toxins in our food much less coffee. So, I had to do a little research to find out if coffee was safe to be drinking and what was the best kind to drink.
We’ve all heard the pros and cons of coffee.
Depending on who you listen to, you have formed an opinion if it’s good for you or not. I’ve joined the ranks of those who think a cup or 2 isn’t going to hurt you and in fact, may benefit you.
6 Powerful Benefits of Coffee
Let me list a few benefits of coffee that allow me to savor my morning cup without guilt.
It Contains Healthy Antioxidants
Coffee is said to be loaded with disease-fighting antioxidants. Interestingly, it may just be the number one source of antioxidants in the U.S. diet, according to a study in 2005. Coffee beans contain antioxidants called quinines that become more potent after roasting. Of course, you want to get antioxidants from other sources as well, but I’ll take them.
It Can Enhance Your Memory
The caffeine in coffee has a positive effect on long-term memory according to researchers at Johns Hopkins University and published in Nature Neuroscience. It’s been said that caffeinated coffee increases the levels of a hormone that helps produce new neurons, which may reduce your risk of Alzheimer’s. We already know that coconut oil helps fight Alzheimer’s so sounds like combining the two would be a great morning drink.
It Can Reduce The Risk of Developing Type 2 Diabetes
Scientist are discovering that coffee inhibits certain polypeptides that are associated with diabetes. However, this may be after 4 cups of coffee so now I can freely admit 4 cups does happen some days.
It May Protect Your Liver
A recent study from the University of Southampton in the UK has found that drinking 2 extra cups of coffee a day reduces the risk of liver cirrhosis. I have to admit, I hadn’t given much thought to cirrhosis until I saw this research. According to this report, cirrhosis is responsible for over 1 million deaths per year. Wow!
It Boosts Your Workout
The caffeine increase from coffee will give us more energy thus we may invest more effort into our workout.
I’ve found when I have my coffee in the morning and exercise about 30 minutes later I have a better workout. This is probably the same effect that people have from energy drinks before a workout.
You May Have Fewer Bouts of Depression
According to a Harvard study, drinking several cups of coffee could reduce the risk of suicide in men and women by about 50 percent.
Drinking coffee boosts your spirits and makes you 10 % less like to be depressed. The mood-lifting effect might be traced to the antioxidants.
4 Reasons To Select Organic Coffee If You Plan To Drink It
Ok, so you’ve learned a few benefits of coffee. Maybe by now, you feel like it is ok to drink a couple cups a day.
Now, to think about what kind of coffee to drink. There are so many flavors, beans, etc. to choose from. I generally like a light ground coffee but the most important thing besides light, medium, or dark roast is the quality of the coffee.
Did you know coffee beans are washed in a bath of chemicals before they reach your cup? Usually, it’s a chlorine and ammonia-wash so essentially you are drinking chlorine and ammonia with your coffee each morning unless you select organic. Organic coffee is never treated with any chemicals.
Coffee beans are one of the most heavily sprayed crops of all foods produced. You may only drink 1 cup of coffee a day but why not eliminate the toxins where you can.
You are helping the farmers and surrounding residents live healthier
Organic coffee is produced on more stable land and is safer for the people living in the area as well as the farmers.
It tastes better
I can actually tell the difference between regular and organic coffee. Maybe I am more sensitive to it but I taste the chemicals in conventionally grown coffee.
So the bottom line, from my research, drinking coffee in moderation may actually have some health benefits has long as you select organic coffee and don’t go overboard.
Of course, if your doctor suggests you stay off coffee, I would follow his advice.
Also, when determining what brand to purchase be sure to look for one that is low acid and mold/mycotoxin free.
What I Drink
I’ve tried many different brands of organic coffee. If I’m out of my favorite brand I may pick up Newman’s Own or Green Mountain at the grocery store.
My favorite brand and what I usually stock up on is Isagenix. I like Isagenix brand because it is low acid and free of mycotoxins plus it is infused with green tea and coconut oil.
Isagenix premium blend is essentially organic without the organic label. So, I usually just get the premium.
Sometimes I add butter to my coffee for my own version of Bulletproof Coffee. I know it sounds like a weird combo but the fat is actually very good for you.