Clients coming into Abundant Life Wellness might be surprised to see that Dr. Nelson may be drinking a cup of coffee. Doesn't it increase the body's acidity? Aren't health-conscious people supposed to drink tea instead? Isn't caffeine bad for you? Although, yes, it is true that coffee is an acidic drink, there are many health benefits to consider. And remember, just because something is acidic, doesn't necessarily mean it is bad for you - only if your body PH is acidic on a regular basis. Salmon, for instance is also acidic, but it is loaded with omegas that are so beneficial to our hearts and brain.
If coffee were harmful, then every morning emergency rooms around the world would be choked with people suffering the ill effects of our favorite breakfast beverage. Of course, this isn't the case. Coffee is not harmful. On the contrary, it has many health benefits, and hundreds of studies to back it up.
Protection Against Parkinson's....
Research shows that drinking coffee reduces the risk of Parkinson's disease by as much as 80 percent and protects against other neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer's and Dementia
. It increases insulin sensitivity, and a high intake - at least six cups a day - lowers the risk of type 2 diabetes by 54 percent in men and 30 percent in women. Remember to sweeten your coffee with stevia or xylitol. Many of the fancy coffee shoppes sweeten with high fructose corn syrup or aspartame, which are horrible additives that lead to weight gain and cancer.
Additionally, coffee may even increase longevity. A large 2008 study found that drinking up to six cups of regular or decaffeinated coffee daily is associated with a slightly lower risk of death from heart disease, cancer, and other causes.
Protection Against Cancer and Disease....
Compared to people who avoid coffee, those who drink at least two cups a day are 80 percent less likely to develop cirrhosis of the liver (even if they drink alcohol), half as likely to have gallstones, and 25 percent less apt to get colon cancer. Coffee is also protective against cancer of the liver and kidneys, and although it's long been suspected of increasing risk of breast cancer, a recent study spanning 22 years and involving nearly 86,000 women found a weak inverse association between the two in postmenopausal females.
Good For Your Heart....
Although many believe that caffeine is bad for your heart, recent research proves otherwise. In 2015 Harvard conducted a study proving that those who drink 3 - 5 cups of coffee per day are less likely to die of a heart attack or stroke.
Other Awesome Benefits....
Coffee improves concentration and alertness, boosts mood, and decreases suicide risk. In fact, just the smell of coffee relieves stress in animals. This popular drink also controls asthma and can even halt a full-blown attack in its tracks. Additionally, coffee can stop migraine headaches, curb appetite, prevent tooth decay, and increase the effectiveness of aspirin and other analgesics. And if you drink it before working out, your endurance will improve and you'll have less exercise-induced muscle pain.
What Makes Coffee So Healthful?
So what is it in coffee that provides such remarkable benefits? First, that cup of java is a terrific source of protective antioxidants. Researchers evaluating both the antioxidant levels of various foods and drinks and the frequency with which those items are consumed have found that the average amount of coffee consumed by American adults per day- 1.64 cups- provides 1,299 mg of antioxidants. Tea, the second richest source, supplied only 294 mg, followed by antioxidant-rich (but sparingly eaten) fruits and vegetables, which provide fewer than 75 mg each of antioxidants per day. Believe it or not, coffee even contains fiber- nearly 2 g per cup. Japanese studies have shown a reduction in colon cancer by those who consume coffee.
But these aren't the only components that make coffee a drink to consider. In addition to perking up the nervous system, caffeine increases the activity of the neurotransmitter dopamine and enhances delivery of nutrients and oxygen to the muscles and brain.
So, the next time you feel like a cup of Joe, indulge yourself. It's a good way to boost your mood, your energy, and your overall health. Just stay away from the ones that are loading with inappropriate sweeteners and some of the cappacino-type drinks also have hydrogenated oils (BAD!). Of course, organic coffee is always the best choice.