7 Healthy Reasons to Include Coffee in Your Diet

By on September 3, 2015
7 health reasons to include coffee in your diet

By Robert James –

A cup is never enough

Coffee is one of those beverages few people live without. It is known both as a stimulating drink and as an all-around comfort beverage, catering to people who need to stay up and to relieve themselves of stress. With all the stories behind this popular beverage, most aren’t aware of the great benefits a small cup of Joe possesses.

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In this article, we cover the 7 of the best reasons why drinking coffee is really, really good for your body!

  1. Coffee improves brain power

Caffeine is the most popular psychoactive drug in the world and it’s all thanks to the amount of coffee people all over the world drink every day. Besides helping people to get that boost in the morning or late at night, caffeine can actually help improve our brain’s functions.

It does this by blocking Adenosine, an inhibitory neurotransmitter which enables the amount norepinephrine and dopamine to significantly increase. This process would then lead do faster neuron performance in the brain, making us think better and faster.

  1. Protects your heart

Everyone knows coffee can elevate blood pressure. But what people aren’t aware of is how this is temporary and may even be neutralized if you are a regular drinker.

If you regularly drink coffee, you’re actually doing your heart a favor. A Japanese study shows how regular consumption of coffee in men, about two cups a day, significantly decreased their risk of having cardiovascular diseases by as much as 38%. That’s certainly one less disease to worry about for the rest of your life.

  1. Reduces risk of developing Type 2 diabetes

Believe it or not, coffee can help prevent one of the most common diseases in the world. A study has shown promising results on how regular coffee drinkers have up to 50% reduction of acquiring diabetes. Another study even declares each daily cup of coffee can mean a 7% risk reduction.

  1. Contains boatloads of antioxidants

It’s no secret that coffee has a lot of antioxidants. In fact, Americans mostly get their antioxidants from coffee than any other food item combined.

  1. Coffee makes you happy

Coffee can instantly reduce that feeling of loneliness and it’s not just because it tastes or smells good. A study has found how regular coffee drinkers suffer less from depression than those who don’t. The researchers surmised how this is all due to the amazing amount of antioxidants coffee has.

  1. Prevents Alzheimer’s and Dementia

Drinking coffee has been proven to actually lower the risk of acquiring Alzheimer’s by up to 65%! This is good news as Alzheimer’s is one of the most common causes of dementia worldwide and has no known cure.

  1. Coffee burns fat and gives you strength

A little known fact about coffee is how it can stimulate your nervous system to burn fat in your body by boosting metabolism. This in itself is good news for those who want to improve their diet to lose weight. In fact, black coffee in particular has almost 0 calories.

Caffeine also increases adrenaline levels in the blood. This would then translate into drastic improvement in physical performance. How drastic? Up to 12% drastic. This makes coffee an excellent pre-workout drink. You can just imagine the reason why all sports drinks have caffeine in them and now you know it’s not just about waking you up.

Control Your Consumption

As you’ve read, coffee has a lot of things to prove when it comes to health benefits but anything in excess can do more harm than good. The average cup of brewed coffee contains roughly 100 mg. The safe amount of coffee per day is up to 400 mg for adults and 100 mg for adolescents. I personally drink close to a liter of black coffee a day but I often drink up to 18 glasses of water a day too. This is on top of my coffee consumption so it goes without saying how my body is able to cope with my coffee. What exactly happens when you consume too much, though? Below is a list of three possible results of drinking more coffee than what your body can handle.

1. Insomnia

Coffee has caffeine and caffeine is a natural stimulant. Many people experience the benefits of drinking coffee when they’re just about to start their day as the effects of caffeine can last up to 12 hours. As a general rule, you should avoid coffee 6 hours before sleeping.

2. Restlessness

Caffeine stimulates the nervous system and too much of it may cause your nervous system to overload. The brain’s natural response to stimulants is to activate hormones such as adrenaline. As such, people with high amounts of caffeine may feel jittery or find it hard to stay in one place as their system is on high alert. 

3. Stomach Upset

Caffeine has the natural tendency to speed up the process of gastric emptying. This could results to a highly acidic stomach and cause discomfort which can lead to ulcer.

Conclusion

In the world of health and fitness, coffee has become much more than a simple perk-me-up. Coffee has displayed amazing health benefits, most of which have eluded most regular drinkers for years. Coffee can definitely make you a stronger and healthier person but don’t get too high on the stuff. A moderate approach to everything is best.

 

Robert likes to tell people how to grow their money and how to naturally lose body fat. He owns a small website catered to his passion to write about health and fitness. His main weapon against weakness is the Kettle Bell.

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2 Comments

  1. Albert Shaw

    January 12, 2016 at 7:17 am

    coffee make me happy, coffee burn my fat. lol. It is a great one. marked.

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7 Healthy Reasons to Include Coffee in Your Diet