Health Benefits Of Coffee

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by: Susan Mills

More Than Just A Great Tasting Beverage To Get You Moving In The Morning

For many people, coffee is a staple in our morning routines. The smell, taste, and the way it wakes us up has all of us coming back for more each morning. But did you know that coffee can do more than wake you up? It can actually help to improve your overall health. There are many ways in which coffee beans, which are actually a fruit, can work in your body to make you healthier.

There have been more than 15 published studies tying drinking coffee to being less likely to develop Type 2 Diabetes. In these studies of more than 193,000 people, those who drank more coffee were 35% less likely to develop Type 2 Diabetes than those who drank less than two cups a day, regardless of gender, location, or even weight. Research suggests that this is due to the high amount of antioxidants in coffee, as well as certain minerals, such as magnesium, potassium and chromium, which help your body use insulin and regulate blood sugar, according to Frank Hu, MD, MPH, PhD, nutrition and epidemiology professor at the Harvard School of Public Health. Another study on 130,000 Kaiser Permanente health plan members also showed that people who drink 1-3 cups of coffee per day, were significantly less likely to be hospitalized for abnormal heart rhythms, which is a risk factor for heart attacks and strokes.

Besides helping to prevent these major health risks, there is even more that coffee can do for you on a daily basis. Have you considered using coffee as a part of your workout routine? A cup of black coffee about an hour before a workout can increase adrenaline levels in your blood and improve your gym performance by 11-12%! And remember when we mentioned how coffee contains minerals such as magnesium and potassium earlier? Not only are both of these good for your body over-all, they help your body to control and regulate your blood sugar, which can help you control cravings for unhealthy snacks. What does all of this mean? Coffee can also help you lose weight! As long as you’re careful not to add all of the extra sugar and cream.

The benefits of coffee don’t stop there. Don’t just throw away those coffee grounds after brewing. If you have some extra time after brewing your coffee in the morning, you can use them to make a face mask. A mask made of coffee grounds can have amazing benefits to your skin. It tightens pores, removes dead skin, and has anti-wrinkling properties. It’s high levels of antioxidants is also shown to help protect you from skin cancer! The easiest way to use coffee grounds for your face, is to brew your morning cup, and then let the grounds cool until they are slightly above room temperature. Remove any excess liquid, and simply spread the grounds on your skin, being sure to avoid the eye area. Continuing massaging them into the skin for about ten minutes, and then rinse with warm water.

Coffee is more than just a great tasting beverage that helps to get you moving in the morning, regular coffee consumption has so many benefits that you probably never knew about. It’s amazing a few cups each morning can do for you.

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