There are Health Benefits to Drinking Coffee? Tell Me More….

I love coffee. Every day before I dive right into the world of sexy swimsuits, I make sure to brew a quick cup. Also, whenever I talk to people about my love of coffee, I feel like little hearts are floating above my head. And then when I hear somebody say “you know, I’m not really a big coffee drinker,” my heart stops….. cracks……breaks. Not only am I concerned that they aren’t getting enough caffeine in their diet, but I’m also wondering what exactly is the highlight of their morning?

Orange Juice? NO!

Only with champagne, I say. Then I try to convince them to hop on the coffee bandwagon. I become a coffee bean pusher without any of the facts. My reasoning would bumble around like, “well, it tastes good, and um, it wakes you up.”

They would just stare at me and blink. So I did my research, and guess what, coffee can be damn good for your health, too! So the next time I get into a coffee drinker throw down, these are going to be my go-to facts.

“It’s good for your liver. Counteract all that wine, right?”

Research presented by the Mayo Clinic discovered that regular coffee consumption may reduce the risk of developing a rare autoimmune disease which leads to cirrhosis of the liver, liver failure, and even cancer. But wait! A separate 22-year study of 125,000 people found that heavy drinkers who consume one cup of coffee a day were 20% less likely to develop alcoholic cirrhosis. Boom. Let your liver rejoice.

“But did you know it makes you happier?”

A study from the National Institute of Health found that folks who drank four or more cups of coffee a day were 10 percent less likely to be depressed than people who didn’t even touch the stuff. And to go even a step further than that, a public study from the Harvard School of Public Health found that drinking 2-4 cups of coffee a day reduced the risk of suicide in both men and women by…..wait for it, 50%!! They pegged caffeine as the main mood-enhancer in coffee. Happy drinking, ya’ll.

“Brain booster. Antioxidants. Enough said.”

Studies lately have been coming out surrounding coffee being linked to the reduced risks of dementia as well as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease. The antioxidants found in coffee may prevent some damage to brain cells and boost cognitive function. So, in some ways, coffee makes you smarter? Yep, we’ll go with that.

“Are you an athlete? Do you hit the gym? Good, drink coffee.”

A cup of coffee before a workout jolts athletic performance, especially when you’re training in endurance sports – running and cycling. Caffeine increases the number of fatty acids in the bloodstream, which allows your muscles to absorb and burn those fats for fuel. What does that mean? Your body saves the carbs for later in the workout.

Overall, it seems coffee is your key to a healthier life. Well, maybe not, but damnit it’s worth a shot.

Share your favorite coffee stories below. Like that time you drank it and went, “Mmmmm”.

Ana Lopez

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