8 Healthy Tips for Coffee Lovers
Many people wonder if coffee is good or bad. Let’s take a look at some coffee facts.
Did you know…
- 1 cup of coffee has as many antioxidants as 1 cup of green tea, sometimes even more depending on the type of coffee bean(1)
- Coffee can enhance cognitive performance and stimulate brain activity helping with daily work tasks and memory(2)
- A 13 year, large prospective study, revealed that coffee consumption was linked to lower risk of death(3)
- Over 80,000 individuals in one study exhibited decreased liver cancer risk with long term coffee consumption(4).
- Several studies have shown a decreased risk of Parkinson’s disease with increased consumption of coffee (5)
- Coffee can have a protective effect against dementia and Alzheimer’s(6)
- Coffee may lower your risk of stroke(7)
- A Japanese study in 2010 revealed that coffee consumption had a protective effect against type 2 diabetes(8)
- A detailed analysis with over 50,000 women showed a significant relationship between decreased risk of depression and increased coffee consumption(9)
- just to name a few…
But don’t forget, coffee can still have its downfalls based on its quality and quantity consumed, so here are 8 healthy tips for coffee lovers to get the most out of their cup of Joe!
1. Always buy organic
Before you drink the cup of Joe ALWAYS make sure its organic coffee. Coffee beans are some of highest pesticide sprayed crops EVER, some have even caused human deaths, like Chlorpyrifos.
Conventional coffee beans are often washed in baths of chemicals before they reach your morning mug. This makes it definitely NOT “the best part of waking up”.
Decaffeinated coffee beans can sometimes be the worst and should be avoided too. The process of removing caffeine from coffee beans requires soaking the beans in some of the same ingredients used in dry-cleaning operations, which is extremely toxic to the human body, scary I know.
The good news is, organic coffee isn’t terribly expensive, only a few dollars more than conventional coffee.
Whenever possible, buy sustainable “shade-grown” coffee to be more environmental and bird friendly. Plus, some claim it even taste better too!
2. Avoid toxic additives
Creams and sugars are serious anti-nutrients and pro-inflammatory chemicals that lead to health problems inside the human body. Try a healthier substitute like..
- Coconut oil, always buy UN-Refined.
- Coconut Milk (recommend full-fat canned)
- Vanilla Extract (alcohol free)
- Cinnamon, try a few dashes
- 100% Grass fed butter or Ghee (Butter without Milk Proteins)- sound crazy I know, but don’t knock it until you try it. It’s great for boosting energy and food cravings
- Stevia, a natural plant sweeter for those who want their coffee sweet.
- Cardamon – a spice home to the Middle East, commonly used to enhance flavor but also neutralize the stimulating effects of caffeine. Great for those who don’t do well with caffeine.
3. Use pure water
If you haven’t already heard, the quality of water you drink is a big concern today. Tap water is rich in contaminates and pollutants, ranging from heavy metals to pharmaceutical drugs, all which increase your risk of serious health problems.
Stick with spring or filtered water when making coffee. A water filter for under the sink is a great investment!
4. Buy the whole beans
Grinding your own coffee beans will not only guaranteed you the freshest cup of Joe with a delicious ground smell, but also has maximum health benefits.
Pre-Ground coffee can go rancid (bad) before you even buy it from the store. The whole bean acts a protective shell against contaminations, oxygen, moisture, carbon dioxide depletions and more.
Coffee Grinders are cheap and easy to use, it requires only an extra 30 second of time. Even if you don’t consider yourself a “big enough coffee drinker” it should be used by all!
Try medium roasted coffee beans for the greatest health benefits, research shows it to contain the highest concentration of compounds that prevent toxicity in your brain and nerves.(10) Also, Arabica beans tend to be the lowest in acidity and highest in total antioxidant concentration.
5. Use Non-Bleached Coffee Filters
Bleached filters are full of dangerous disinfection byproducts, such as dioxin. Make sure to buy non-bleached filters, the bright white ones are chlorine-bleached and can leach from the filters into the coffee during the brewing process.
Non-bleached Filters can be bought online or at local grocery stores.
6. Change your coffee container
Although it can be difficult at times. Make the switch from plastic and Styrofoam to something safer like ceramic or glass. Avoid plastic cups as the BPA will leach into your coffee, and also avoid Styrofoam cups that will leach polystyrene molecules. These chemicals cause hormonal disruptions and neurotoxic effects, putting you at higher risk for breast cancer and nerve damage.
7. Drink it black
To insure the most health benefits from your cup of Joe, stick with drinking it black, and avoid the toxic additives we mentioned above.
If you add sugar you run the risk of higher insulin levels, which contribute to insulin resistance. Keep your coffee simple and clean!
8. Drink it wisely
Avoid drinking coffee after 3pm to limit sleep disturbances or insomnia. This gives your body enough time to handle the effects of caffeine.
Try to reduce your dependence of coffee, go on periodic cleanses without it, or even limit your amount daily.
Don’t combine coffee with energy drinks. This is a bad combinations for your blood sugar and adrenal glands.
Try sipping your coffee instead of inhaling it to prevent acid reflux and promote an added alkaline effect inside your body.
Article in a NUTSHELL: Organic coffee has some serious health protection against common diseases and illnesses. In order to get your biggest bang for your buck when it comes to your cup of Joe and health, try these 8 healthy tips!
Abundant You Solution
- Give these 8 healthy tips a try to maximize your cup of Joe’s health properties!
- Please share with us some ways you have found to make your cup of Joe healthier!