So why is it that people feel the need to whisper or apologize to me about the fact that they drink a cup of coffee in the morning? I’m the first to put my hand up and say there is nothing better than the smell of fresh coffee brewing in the morning and I can even tell you the best coffee houses in every city I’ve ever visited. So here it is the reasons why you don’t need to hide your cup of Joe from me the next time I’m walking by.
- Coffee is a source of powerful antioxidants which can lower your risk of illness and disease including heart disease.
- The antioxidants can raise HDL cholesterol a.k.a the” good” cholesterol which improves total cholesterol.
- Its caffeine content can enhance the body’s use of fat for fuel
- Coffee can enhance your performance if drunk before a workout or training session
BUT as with everything you shouldn’t abuse coffee, it is a stimulant and increases stress hormones so if you are a highly stressed person coffee might not be the right choice for you, it may also affect your sleep patterns if you drink it later in the day, so try not to use it as an afternoon pick me up, err on the side of caution and don’t drink it past 1pm. Finally the quality of your coffee has a huge impact on its health benefits, where you can always buy fair trade, organic and if you can brew it fresh, commercially produced or instant coffee is usually high in chemicals and as you know by now I’m all about reducing the chemicals in your diet to assist the body’s natural detoxing system.