I like to always start with positive news; it is more uplifting just as coffee should be first thing in the morning.

You will be pleased to know that there are some benefits associated with coffee.

Apart from the most obvious of the wake up factor of caffeine there are a few surprises in store.

Caffeine burns fat!

This is good news, caffeine increases metabolic rate by around 11%, it helps to burn and break down fatty tissue.

The bad news is the more you drink the less effective it becomes.  There are many good reasons for restricting coffee as a morning drink and this is one of them.  The best advice is to have a cut off time for drinking coffee, for some people it will be around midday and for others it may be 5 pm.  You will get to know the best time for you so that you can still get a good night’s sleep.

Lower risk of diabetes

Type 1 diabetes is unfortunate and sufferers will have to rely on insulin injections, it is more of an early onset illness.

Type 2 diabetes can appear at any stage of life so knowing that the claim that drinking coffee reduces this risk is good.

More research to find out how or why coffee reduces the risk of developing type 2 diabetes needs to be carried out. The risk is reduced by 25 to 30% so that alone is a good reason to enjoy your daily dose.

What about Alzheimer’s

There is no known cure for this type of dementia associated with old age although it can also occur at a young age.

Healthy eating and regular exercise are also preventives for plaque formation in the brain tissue.

Studies carried out so far claim to correlate a reduction of risk from developing this type of dementia by 65%!

And the liver

The master organ is one of the most important organs, it is in charge!  It takes care of toxins, including alcohol and heavy metal toxins as well.

When the liver becomes scarred it does not work so well, liver disease can be fatal.  Research in this area suggests that drinking just 4 cups of coffee every day means 80% less risk of developing cirrhosis of the liver.  That is not an excuse to drink alcohol in excessive amounts by the way!

Anti-depressant

The most common treatment for depression is medication, often with side effects.

Coffee may help to alleviate the symptoms of depression and also acts as a preventive, possibly even preventing suicidal feelings.

Anti-oxidants

There has been a lot of hype about the anti-oxidants in tea, especially green tea so it is surprising to learn that coffee also has the health benefits of anti-oxidants.

Summing up

That is all for the good stuff, now for the bad!

If you have ever tried to give up coffee or been forced to go without you may have suffered a headache or even anxiety.  This is a sure sign that you drink too much!

 

Acidic

Coffee is well known as an acid-forming food. One of the reasons is that coffee on an empty stomach prompts the formation of hydrochloric acid which is needed for digestion of protein.

So a cup of coffee alone for breakfast is not considered the best idea.  Try to get some protein down with your coffee; boiled eggs and orange juice give you a perfect dose of protein, vitamins and minerals.

If you are at risk of colon cancer, you definitely need to think about a protein breakfast.

Bad press

Because of the acid problem you cannot live on coffee alone!  Although ulcers and other inflammatory bowel conditions can be worsened by coffee, coffee is not the main cause.  Just make sure you get good nutrition, check for fiber, some people need more and some need less!

Eat well and enjoy your coffee.

The same goes for acid reflux; coffee is not a stand-alone drink for anyone.  It is the coffee that may cause this problem and not the caffeine.

You can try some betaine hydrochloride and digestive enzymes to overcome these problems, lots of friendly bacteria will help.

Laxative

Everyone has certain gastro-intestinal triggers, i.e. foods and beverages that trigger the bowel to move.  Coffee can stimulate peristalsis (colon contractions) and therefore can have a laxative effect.

It is far better not to combine food and drink, drink before you eat and after you eat, give yourself at least half an hour on both counts.

 

Magnesium, zinc, calcium

Lack of minerals is extremely common for everyone, not just coffee drinkers.  We need magnesium for our muscles and many other functions, zinc is the healing mineral, and calcium is needed for our bones.

So being able to counteract the loss of these minerals from drinking coffee is essential.

Summing up

It is good to know the good and bad and how to counteract it so you can enjoy your coffee with impunity and not guilt!

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