Let’s just be clear here. Coffee isn’t a foreign drink here in the U.S. and basically the rest of the entire world. In fact, about twenty five million people around the world avidly drink coffee every day. And with that said, all together the world drinks about 2.25 billion cups of coffee every single day. That’s a whole lot of coffee!
Coffee is the second most traded commodity on earth. Some of us drink it as dessert and some of us depend on it through the entire day just to get through the day. Whether you drink it for pleasure, or drink it to get yourself out of bed, you should also know that drinking good quality coffee may be the key to helping prevent a lot of aliments and provide you with a few health benefits as well.
Is Coffee Bad?
Oh no. Coffee itself is not the bad guy. It is the quality of coffee that you are drinking that can turn out to be the culprit. When your looking for a good coffee, try to find something that is organically grown and processed. A lot of well known brands commonly show to have ingredients such as tannins and theanine which are known harmful chemicals.
In fact take a look at what Blogger Sara Fiore has to say.
“Conventional coffee is among the most heavily chemically treated foods in the world. It is steeped in synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, and insecticides – a real mouthful with a bad taste. Not only does the environment suffer from this overload, but so do the people who live in it. Farmers are exposed to a high level of chemicals while spraying the crops and while handling them during harvest. The surrounding communities are also impacted through chemical residues in the air and water. These chemical presences are not just unpleasant; many are highly toxic and detrimental to human health.”
Turns out, if your drinking coffee every single day, then it might be in your best interest to try and invest in something with a higher quality to avoid consuming such chemically treated beans.
-The first most amazing benefit I want to mention about coffee is its ability to help protect the liver. It is known that about 20% of those who are excessive alcohol drinkers were known to have less cirrhosis of the liver than those who didn’t drink coffee. In fact two extra cups of coffee a day for people who don’t regularly drink is known to help reduce liver cirrhosis by up to 44%! There is more information here.
-Coffee is also known to be a mild anti-depressant. So those who claim that the actually “feel better” after they have their coffee, might not be actually lieing. In fact, a study by Harvard’s School of Public Health determined that drinking two to four cups of coffee a day can reduce the risk of depression and or suicide by up to 50%.
-Not only is this stuff amazing to drink but the caffeine in coffee is known to be wonderful as a skin exfoliate. Coffee grains in a daily face wash have been known to help tighten the skin and caffeine infused shampoos have also been known to help stimulate the hair follicles!
-American Cancer Society found that people who drink coffee are less likely to develop mouth and throat cancer and were 50% less likely to develop prostate cancer by drinking up to six cups a day. Coffee also shown some light on helping to reduce the risk of endometrial cancer and help reduce colon and rectal cancers by about 26% as well.
It is clear that drinking coffee is known to show some amazing benefits for your health, but I should also shine some light on the fact that it is how you drink your coffee as well. Black coffee alone would show to be the most healthy way to consume it (with the exception of the addition of coconut oil). Of course when you start adding in dairy creamers and sugars is when your coffee starts to pose some other health concerns.
If your looking for a good quality organic coconut oil that wont break the bank we like the kind by Viva Naturals and we find the best price for it on amazon.
There is an entire world of information on the health effects of dairy and refined sugar, but those will be discussed at a later time. If you want to try something a little more healthy, try adding a nondairy milk to your coffee such as coconut or almond and sweeten it with a raw honey or maple syrup. I promise it is just as amazing. ❤