Is Coffee Good For You?

Coffee is a well-known life saver for our early morning wake-ups, long days at work, and general life activities, but the fact of the matter is that coffee is addicting. It’s more common than you may think for a typical human to consume at least 2 cups a day. In fact, 50% of the American population drinks an average of 3.1 cups per day, making America the leading country in coffee consumption in the world. That’s 162.2 million people and 502.9 million cups of coffee each day – can you say crazy? It’s easy to understand how Starbucks is such a booming business! Since coffee is derived from a seed in a fruit, it’s natural to believe that it isn’t unhealthy, and could actually have benefits – but does it? And how much is too much? Well, we’ve done some research to give you the scoop.

There are actually tons of healthy benefits to drinking coffee. Not in the way that you need to or should drink coffee like you need to eat your veggies, but in the way that a cup or two a day won’t add doctors appointments to your calendar. Realistically, it has been proven to lower the risk of many illnesses, including Parkinson’s Disease, multiple types of cancer including breast cancer, diabetes and more.

Here are a few of coffee’s healthy benefits:

1.) Coffee is Filled to the Brim with Antioxidants.

In fact, more than you’ll find in tea and cocoa! Antioxidants are great for your health, as they fight inflammation which can causes illnesses such as arthritis, cancer, and more.

2.) Coffee Enhances Workouts and Brain Function.

Believe it or not, the caffeine in coffee doesn’t affect your hydration at all unless you’re having 5 or more cups, and therefore the caffeine can provide a great source of energy for both mental and physical exercise.

3.) Coffee Can Boost your Mood.

Studies have shown that those who drink coffee are less likely to experience depression.

4.) Coffee is Amazing for your Liver.

It decreases your risk of cirrhosis and even liver cancer!

All these benefits aside, coffee can totally be unhealthy if you make it that way. The excessive amounts of creamer, sugar and syrups added into specialty coffees make for a potentially problematic daily habit. If you’re looking for a healthier way (and aren’t ready to take the plunge into the world of black coffee), give this recipe for Coconut Oil Coffee a try!

Here’s What You’ll Need
1 cup organic coffee
1-2 teaspoons of coconut oil
your favourite sweetener such as stevia, maple syrup, honey or vanilla extract

Here’s How to Make It:
Add all ingredients to blender. Blend until frothy. Drink & be merry.

Sources:
http://www.onemedical.com/blog/newsworthy/10-healthy-reasons-to-drink-coffee-2/
http://www.today.com/health/your-coffee-habit-killing-you-or-saving-your-life-2D11603303
http://www.e-importz.com/coffee-statistics.php

Alexandra Absi
Alexandra Absi

Alex is a 20-something who's living, learning and loving everything about life and documenting it along the way. She's a Rhode Island native living in DC, a puppy lover, freelance writer, fashionista, poet, ocean and sunset chaser and is obsessed with everything potato (quite literally). From designing her own clothes to singing and playing guitar, she loves everything artistic and practices many different trades! Anything that inspires her soul, she participates in. Not only that, but Alex writes to inspire others and fill them with lovely day dreams, a sense of comfort and connection, and hopes to help broaden their horizons inside and out of the fashion world. Aspiring to one day work in the fashion industry, she created and writes for her blog The Style Studies.