Many of us have tried resisting the engrossing charm of coffee and failed. The ‘hottest’ drink in the world has longed reined as the king of beverages, and starting the day just wouldn’t be the same without it. But coffee kingdom aside, does this wonderful beverage conceal certain risks to our health? The answer to that question is sometimes, yet there is a way to enjoy coffee healthily! And with the right coffee intake, you may just reap a few benefits from your favorite habit.
Full of beans
Despite earlier claims, newer research has been unable to identify a connection between drinking coffee and serious health risks. On the contrary, regular coffee consumption has been linked to decreased mortality, while found health benefits have included a lower risk of Parkinson’s disease, liver cancer, and type 2 diabetes. This is due to the natural blend of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants found in coffee beans. Further research suggests drinking coffee may help people fight depression and improve cognitive functions.
While coffee isn’t a high-risk behavior like smoking or physical inactivity – moderation is essential! High consumption can have various negative effects, for example, an increase in the level of cholesterol, (especially noted in those drinking unfiltered coffee), or adrenal exhaustion.
The suggested amount is one or two cups a day. And if you’re not opposed to a little cream and sugar, you better be ready for extra calories and fat. Some coffee drinks can contain around 500 calories, your diet devil in disguise. Oh, and don’t compromise your glorious coffee beans with harmful substances: organic, freshly ground coffee is always a safe bet.
Style and substance
There are other ways to take advantage of coffee magic. Some of us drink coffee to perform better in the gym - it’s a very effective pre-workout drink. Coffee serves as an appetite suppressant (great if you’re lusting after donuts), has fat burning properties, and gives your metabolism a push. Often people who drink coffee prior to mental or physical activity feel that their focus is sharpened and their memory boosted. Consumed properly, coffee can be a wonderful boost to a productive and healthy lifestyle.
The art of indulgence
So when it comes to that morning mug of coffee, soak in the aroma and capture that Instagram moment (you know you want to). If we take cream and sugar out of the picture, the benefits outweigh the risks. Science has proven that coffee provides an instant energy boost, boosts self-esteem, and lowers the risk of conditions such as heart disease. Just don’t drown yourself in it ;)