5 reasons to drink more coffee

5 reasons to drink more coffee

  •  Many people are trying to cut back on caffeine, and while there is a time and place to cut back or avoid this stimulant, let’s not all rush into this decision just yet!
  • Yes, caffeine is a stimulant, and can be addictive like a drug.
  • Interestingly enough, research has shown that coffee drinkers have a 23-50% less risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

Caffeine and coffee are two major buzzwords in the health field these days.  Many people are trying to cut back on caffeine, and while there is a time and place to cut back or avoid this stimulant, let’s not all rush into this decision just yet!

There are many benefits to caffeine that are often overlooked.

The more we educate ourselves on our health and how certain foods and substances affect our overall well-being, the better we will be able to decide what works best for us and our bodies.

Yes, caffeine is a stimulant, and can be addictive like a drug. It can keep us up at night and mess up our sleep patterns. It can also cause jitters and anxiety in general, which isn’t good for our mental health.

However, these cases are very specific, and overall, coffee has been discovered to have numerous health benefits.

There are many associations between drinking coffee and having better health outcomes, and here are a few that are worth mentioning and considering while you sip your cup of joy!

Increased energy Drinking coffee can give us a boost of energy and power us through the day. The stimulant caffeine, that is found in coffee, is absorbed into the bloodstream and travels to the brain, increasing energy and firing neurons to keep us on our toes and more focused.

Various studies have also shown that caffeine can improve certain brain functions such as memory, mood, vigilance, and general cognition.

Protection from developing type 2 diabetes Type 2 diabetes, a disease that affects millions of people, is taking the world by storm. It is manifested by increased blood sugars and decreased insulin sensitivity, which causes sugar to go into places in our bodies that it shouldn’t such as our kidneys, eyes, and skin.

Interestingly enough, research has shown that coffee drinkers have a 23-50% less risk of developing type 2 diabetes. That’s a significant amount of protection!

Protection from developing Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. This disease of neurological breakdown is devastating to not only the patient, but to the family and friends of the patient as well.

People begin to get more and more forgetful as their brain breaks down and is no longer able to function properly. However, coffee has even been seen to have a protective effect on the development of this disease.

Coffee drinkers have been seen to have a 65% lower risk of getting Alzheimer’s disease.

Lower risk of depression Research has shown that coffee drinkers have a 20% less chance of developing depression, which is a serious mental disorder that can make a huge impact on your life.

Lower risk of certain cancers Lastly, consuming coffee has been seen to result in a lower risk of developing certain cancers such as liver and colorectal cancer. Both of these cancers rank in the top five most common cancers, so any way to prevent them is of serious interest to medical professionals.

Research has shown that coffee drinkers have a 40% lower risk of developing liver cancer and a 15% lower risk of developing colorectal cancer.

As you can see, drinking coffee is not as terrible and we used to think! In fact, it can have numerous health benefits, add to our quality of life, and protect us against chronic diseases.

My only word of caution would be to be aware of the sweeteners and creamers we add to our coffee. Going overboard on these sweets can have a negative impact on our health and blood sugars.

So being conservative with our flavorings, and maybe even getting used to black coffee, is recommended!

So sit back, relax, and enjoy your cup of health and energy-boosting coffee today!

 

About the author

Tveen Verano [MPH, RD] is a registered dietitian nutritionist from Southern California. She is currently working as a renal dietitian and has a private practice as a registered dietitian and online wellness coach. Her passion for nutrition and real food drives her to keep up with current research and provide relevant and applicable information to the public to help stop the trend of obesity and provide vitality and health to everyone.

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