I do love a brisk cup of coffee in the morning. As I am writing this article, I am sipping on a cup and marveling at the wonderful world in which we live. Mind you, I woke up as grouchy as any gal could be at 5:00 AM. But then I took my first sip, and things started to look brighter.
That’s the beauty of coffee. It’s a gentle mood booster. Research is starting to discover it has other health benefits as well:
· Lower risk of heart disease.
· Lower risk of neurological diseases such as Parkinson’s.
· Lower risk of diabetes.
· Lower risk of car accidents.
· Lower risk of suicide.
These benefits were identified in those who drank caffeinated or decaffeinated coffee. They believe there are compounds in the beverage that reduce insulin resistance and systematic inflammation (IDEA Fitness Journal, 2016 March).
So how much can you drink? It really depends on your body. I know that if I drink more than one cup I am jittery all day long. Other people can consume five cups and not feel a thing. Researchers suggest from 3 to 5 cups is safe.
There are some conditions, however, where coffee consumption is not recommended. If you suffer from an anxiety disorder, then you will want to avoid the beverage. Those with osteoporosis should also limit the number of cups they drink. In both cases the caffeine is harmful. However, if you switch to decaf then you eliminate this problem.
Another thing I want to caution you on is what you’re putting in your coffee. The health benefits are greatly diminished when you add sugar and heavy cream. Try to limit these as much as possible. Liza recently broke me of my mocha habit, which is loaded with sugar, chocolate, and whipped cream. She introduced me to café lattes which have milk and nothing more. I get mine with reduced fat milk and they are divine.
As I wrap up this article I am also taking my last sip of coffee. It’s time to tackle the day!!
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