Is coffee a health drink? Let’s face it; most of us cannot go a single day without that much needed caffeine boost from a beautifully ground coffee. It has indeed become a key player in our daily rituals, and is – would you believe it – the second most traded commodity in the world!
However, in recent years, coffee has fallen victim to bad press and developed a bad reputation. The media, for one, has argued that coffee is responsible for anxiety, heartburn, and exacerbating menopausal hot flushes worse. But the widely held belief that coffee is a vice to be avoided may in fact be untrue. To celebrate National Coffee Week (10th-17th April), I wanted to highlight how this much-loved beverage can actually reap great health benefits…
Unbeknown to many, coffee actually contains lots of essential nutrients including riboflavin, potassium, magnesium, and is packed full with antioxidants, (scientists have identified over 1000 different antioxidants in the coffee bean alone!), which help fight free radicals in the body.
Coffee can also help you lose weight; caffeine has been shown to boost metabolism from 3- 11% and increase fat burning potential!
Coffee can even help you exercise better. Drinking coffee half an hour before exercise has shown to improve energy and endurance, increase microcirculation, and reduce pain. It can cause a spike in adrenaline, which can increase your performance when exercising by 11-12%
Recent scientific studies have shown that coffee may even lower the risk of type 2 diabetes, reduce your risk of heart failure by up to 11%, and lower your risk for Parkinson’s disease and dementia.
Coffee has also been shown to reduce your risk of liver cancer by up to 40%, and that’s not even mentioning the potential health benefits of the coffee enema. (I’ll leave that to another post!)
Didn’t think it could get any better? Well, coffee can actually make you smarter! Yes, it’s true! Coffee enhances the firing of neurons in the brain and can improve mood, energy levels, reaction time, memory and general cognitive function. It can even help fight depression.
So is coffee a health drink? I’m not talking about the sugar laden, creamy coffee house beverages; I’m talking about coffee and the coffee beans. To get the most out of your coffee, ideally it should be ground from fresh, organic beans that are pesticide free, as coffee is one of the most heavily pesticide sprayed crops in the world. It’s also advisable to drink it black and without any sugar or sweeteners. Try to have no more than 2 cups a day, and make sure you are sufficiently hydrated with water as well.
So, there you go, you no longer have to feel guilty about your daily cup of coffee! If consumed in moderation, coffee really can be viewed as a delicious and healthy drink.
Looking for something to do with your left over coffee grounds?
Old coffee grounds make an excellent body scrub that can remove dead skin cells and leave your skin looking brighter, smoother, and even more radiant.
- 1 cup ground organic coffee grounds
- 1 cup organic sugar or salt
- 1/2 cup organic coconut oil
- 1/2 tablespoon cinnamon (optional)
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract (optional)
- Melt coconut oil and allow it to cool, but not solidify.
- Mix all ingredients together and store in an airtight container or mason jar.
- Use 1-2 times a week (or every day if you like).