December 12, 2016

Is coffee good for you?

It’s important to be informed about what you put in your body. As such, I decided to research the pros and cons of consuming coffee.

In terms of the pros, coffee helps make you more alert, can assist in waking you up, and can help with memory.

Additionally, many studies have shown that coffee has some anti-cancer properties similar to other plant-based foods. This means it could have some beneficial effects in protecting against or recovery from some types of cancers. While the studies show some correlation, there is nothing definitive at this point.

The caffeine does also stimulate your metabolism, which could assist in weight loss efforts. Coffee’s great taste is another undeniable pro.

However, coffee does have some cons. It can elicit a cortisol effect. Your cortisol level is highest when you wake up, then settles down over time. If you’re worried about your cortisol level, wait 30 to 45 minutes to have that first cup of coffee.

Coffee can also disrupt your sleep, especially if you consume it too close to bedtime. People do metabolize caffeine at different rates, so test it on yourself and see what works for you. Make sure you are getting quality sleep regardless of your coffee intake, as it is so important for health and wellness.

The brown, acidic liquid can also stain your teeth, especially if you’re not brushing regularly. Also, be conscious of the sugar, creamer, and other flavorings added to your coffee. Powdered additives are not healthy. Avoid these if possible.

Not all coffee is created equally. Coffee beans are sourced from different places around the world and can mold and spoil if not handled properly. A good quality bean is important, so be choosy.

The research shows that consuming coffee is not good or bad for you, so decide what works best for you!


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