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Is Coffee Actually Good For Your Health?

Coffee — Good or Bad?There have been numerous debates over the effects of coffee and we can easily say that there are two big sides: those who love it, claiming that it has just positive effects on your health and those who don’t want to hear about it, saying that it’s absolutely bad for you. But still, the question remains valid: is it actually good or not?

Generally speaking, it is well known that coffee is rich in antioxidants and was multiple times linked to a reduced risk of many diseases. On the other side, it contains caffeine, known for causing problems in some people and disrupting sleep.

Therefore, today we’re taking a few moments and discuss some of the most important pros and cons of coffee, in order to find, once and for all, an answer to the big question.

It has way more than just antioxidants

Besides the above-mentioned benefit, the world’s favorite morning beverage also features several nutrients, like vitamins B2, B5, B1, B3, as well as folate, manganese, potassium, magnesium, or phosphorus, one cup containing a small part of the daily nutrient intake.

Caffeine is not bad at all!

Probably the most commonly consumed psychoactive substance in the world, caffeine works as a great stimulant. To be more specific, in the brain, it blocks the function of adenosine, an inhibitory brain transmitter. By doing this, it increases the activity in your brain and releases norepinephrine and dopamine, thus reducing tiredness and making you feel more alert.

By the way, how many of you know that it can boost metabolism as well, by up to 11%?

It can protect your brain from Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s

Studies have demonstrated that frequent coffee drinkers have up to a 65% lower risk of developing Alzheimer’s, as well as a 32 to 60% lower risk of Parkinson’s disease. Basically, the more coffee they drink, the lower the risk. But still, this doesn’t mean that they should exaggerate!

It lowers the risk of Type 2 Diabetes

Keeping it short, this type of diabetes is characterized by elevated blood sugars, as you develop a resistance to the effects of insulin. Well, you should know that coffee drinkers have a 23-67% reduced risk of developing this condition, according to multiple studies.

Ok, so it’s pretty obvious that coffee has some serious benefits, but what about those minuses it’s highly criticized for by some people?

It can lead to anxiety and sleep issues

For us, this is the main minus of drinking coffee, but again, it only happens if you can’t control yourself and drink way too many cups a day.

To be more specific, consuming too much caffeine can lead to jitteriness, anxiety, heart palpitations, and even panic attacks. Some people are reportedly sensitive to caffeine and will become overstimulated by a single cup.

Besides this, sleep disruption is another unwanted effect of too much caffeine. If you find yourself in this situation, try quitting coffee late in the day, like after 2:00 pm. Some people claim that caffeine has diuretic and blood pressure-raising effects, even though these usually dissipate with regular use. A slight increase in blood pressure may persist though.

There were situations in which coffee fans claimed that enjoying this beverage, but we sure do know way better methods of blowing off some steam, like getting a massage.

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5 Easy Steps To Healthier Living

Living a healthier lifestyle doesn’t necessarily have to include dramatic diet changes, strenuous workout routines that leave you dreading the gym, or personal hygiene habits that make you roar at the idea of starting your day.

Creating a healthier lifestyle for yourself can be done with simple things too, and you can start small while still seeing significant, positive changes and results.

Let’s examine 5 Easy Steps To Healthier Living, and things you can start doing today, to be a healthier, happier you tomorrow.

HEALTHY LIVING: 5 Easy Steps To Healthier Living

1. Aiming for 10,000 steps a day – There’s no doubt you can start off small, and whether you decide to invest in a step-counter at the local sports store, Amazon, or simply use your mobile device this “simple” exercise routine and goal can be set and done by nearly anyone.
Doing so will dramatically improve your health, motivate you, and give you a clearer mind which is likely to improve your performance both at work, school, and even at home.

2. Improve your sleep and stay active – Believe it or not, just 15 minutes a day of sprinting, and 10 minutes of jogging or fast walking can help you lose or better manage your weight, gain muscle, and even improve sleep and stress feels.

HEALTHY LIVING: 5 Easy Steps To Healthier Living

 

3. Drink more water – Consuming more water on a daily basis will not only keep your muscles in tip-top performance, but also help curb (unnecessary) hunger, promote weight loss, and an overall happier, healthier you. Drinking more water will also give you the nutrients necessary for healthier, supple, and naturally glowing skin.

 

4. Be positive toward others – This one is relatively simple – do good things for others! That’s right, just volunteering at the local animal shelter or homeless shelter can improve your overall mood, confidence level, and even promote a more structured, consistent schedule for your everyday life – as well as add balance.

HEALTHY LIVING: 5 Easy Steps To Healthier Living

5. Napping and improving strength – A lot of people don’t realize it, but just taking a 20-minute nap a day can provide serious rest and recovery for your mind, body, muscles, and bones.

You’re never too young or too old to reap the benefits of a nap – just make sure you turn off all electronic devices and shut the lights off first to ensure a proper rest.

Honestly, there are hundreds if not thousands of ways to improve your everyday health. Getting rid of bad habits like eating too many sweets, consuming stimulants like coffee and cigarettes, and of course, excessive drinking are also great places to start – so what are you waiting for?

Start feeling better TODAY!

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Coffee Does Have Health Benefits

Coffee Does Have Health BenefitsIn a study published June 2017 and published in BMJ Open, the health benefits of coffee are clearly shown and encouraging to those who have to have more than one cup of Joe per day.

The study entitled “Coffee, including caffeinated and decaffeinated coffee, and the risk of hepatocellular carcinoma: a systematic review and does-response meta-analysis” shows that having several cups of coffee whether caffeinated or decaf does lead to significant drops in developing cancer.

The caffeinated coffee had higher results than the decaffeinated, but the bottom line is science has shown the beverage is far more important than previously realized.  For decades the arguments regarding coffee’s benefits for health have been strongly debated.  Study after study conflicted one another but this time, the data is on the table for everyone to take a bite out of.

The objective of the study was to determine: “To examine the association between coffee, including caffeinated and decaffeinated coffee, with hepatocellular (HCC) and assess the influence of HCC etiology and preexisting liver disease.”.

With over 1,000 participants in the study, the researchers found that having just two cups of coffee per day brought about on average, a 35% reduction in the risk of HCC.  It didn’t matter if the subjects had minimal or more serious liver disease, nor the amount of alcohol consumption, the decrease in developing cancer was the same.

The strengths of the study shows that not only is this study the first meta-analysis to do the calculations to find the relative risks of hepatocellular carcinoma for those who consumed 1 to 5 cups of coffee daily, but this data should allow for the designing of an intervention strategy that is coffee based in use in a clinical trial.

Furthermore, this study is a first-time meta-analysis to discover the influence of all the main HCC risk factors that are associated with HCC and coffee.  The same is for the decaffeinated coffee consumption.  The study found that there is a heterogeneity between the studies included in the meta-analysis.

The results of the study have startled the public and medical community.  Since liver cancer is the 6th most regularly diagnosed cancer throughout the world, it behooves other researchers as well as the medical industry to follow up on this research and see how it can be applied to the problem of liver cancer.  Whether coffee diminishes the chances of other forms of cancer isn’t listed, but many feel the benefits are the same.

The compounds found in coffee are known to have antioxidants, anti-fibrotic, anti-carcinogenic and anti-inflammatory properties.

What does all this have to do for the average consumer who enjoys coffee but is worried that too much might cause harm?  It’s on a case by case basis as to how much coffee a person can tolerate per day.  The caffeine might be too much for some and they’ll have to switch to decaffeinated or supplement their caffeinated coffee with decaf for later in the afternoon and evening.  In addition, living a healthy lifestyle should boost the success of coffee on the body.

So, enjoy that cup of Joe with full peace of mind that not only are you satisfying your taste buds, but you’re preventing cancer from taking root.

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