Most coffee drinkers LOVE coffee. But what if I told you there are actually benefits to drinking it? I feel like we hear these things all the time. One day a glass of wine is good for you, next it’s shortening your life. The same thing happens with coffee. It would seem that science is always going back and forth to prove one theory wrong. I’m writing today to tell you these are the cold hard facts about coffee – and why it’s proven to be good for you.
- It has been known to speed up metabolism. This links into my previous blog post in which talked about caffeine sending neurotransmitters to your brain. Because caffeine is a stimulant for the nervous system, it has actually been known to send signals to your fat cells to tell them to break down fat. This is also likely one of the reasons that before you work out, most fitness experts will recommend that you drink a pre-workout. Pre-workout also contains caffeine and gives you the extra boost of fat loss during your exercise. So don’t forget, exercise is key!
- Coffee makes people happy! If you haven’t read my previous blog post – head over and read it. It turns out that coffee is actually scientifically proven to yes, make you happy. This is done by releasing 3 main hormones into the body. Adenosine, dopamine and adrenaline. So, drink up!
- Coffee increases your fiber intake. You know it, I know it. A common side affect of drinking coffee is that you may end up in the bathroom right afterwards. Not only is coffee providing you with 1.8g of fiber, but it’s also making you a regular visitor in your washroom. You’re welcome!
- Coffee contains more antioxidants than your common fruit! Antioxidants are needed in your body to protect your cells against the affects of free radicals – free radicals are found in a number of foods, cigarette smoke, green tea, processed meats and much more. Your body will naturally process free radicals, with the assistance of antioxidants. It’s all about creating a balance, and coffee is part of that!
- Number five sort of links in with number four. Coffee provides your body with essential nutrients! Along with providing you with the antioxidants you need, coffee contains Vitamin B5, Vitamin B3, Vitamin B12, manganese and potassium. If you’re only drinking a single cup of coffee a day, coffee would not provide you with the necessary amount of nutrients. However, for people who consume multiple cups a day, these small amounts add up over time! Just don’t forget, as awesome as coffee is, it doesn’t provide you with everything you need when it comes to nutrients, veggies go a long way too!
- Coffee has also been suspected to help lower risks of several health issues. Though I was hesitant to include this because it has NOT been scientifically proven. It is suspected that coffee may help lower your risk of Parkinson’s Disease, Alzheimer’s Disease, Heart Attack, Dementia, Liver Failure, Type 2 Diabetes and more. Even though it hasn’t been proven, I am happy to continue to drink my black coffee in hopes that it may help me someday!
- It helps your skin! Though coffee for years has been known as a consumable product, it is also now commonly found in skin care and makeup! A coffee scrub is known to help reduce cellulite, brighten your skin, reduce inflammation, eliminate dark circles under your eyes or as an acne treatment! Wow! Coffee is awesome! Check out Google for some recipes on how to make your own coffee scrub. Drinking coffee and using it to rejuvenate your skin? Yes please!
- A lot of people tell me that even though they don’t like the taste of coffee, they enjoy the scent. The reason being? Coffee actually contains molecules for several attractive scents! So while you may just smell “coffee” your brain may be able to sense the smells of floral, spicy, fruity, nutty or smoky scents. Another fun fact is that if you’re a Scentsy lover (or scent lover of any kind), you want to make sure that you have a bowl of coffee beans at your event! Coffee naturally cleanses your senses so that your sniffer will feel renewed to smell the next candle.
Now of course there are going to be people who just simply cannot have caffeine. If you’re a coffee lover but can’t handle the caffeine intake, check out decaf! There are some great decaf options that are naturally processed, so you get most of the coffee benefits, without the hype. For those who can drink caffeine – drink up! Your benefits are waiting.
Coffee Scrub Recipe
Mix together 1/2 cup fresh ground coffee and 1/2 cup brown sugar.
Add 1/2 cup coconut oil into the coffee mixture and 1 tsp. vanilla extract.
Mix until well combined.
Gently rub the mixture over your body—avoid areas around the eyes. Leave it on for several minutes. Rinse thoroughly.