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Coffee Health Benefits

Here's Why You Can (and Should!) Sip a Cup of Joe Every Day

I can't function before my first cup of coffee. I've been sipping the dark stuff every day since I was 15 years old and picked up a more serious habit during my college years. While I've backed off those twice-a-day doppios (I know, I can't believe it either), I still enjoy a cup of strong black coffee every morning. For years, I toyed with the idea of giving up caffeine for good, but lucky for me, there's a ton of research out there supporting my java habit.

It eases muscle pain: Drinking coffee before a workout has been proven to prevent post-workout soreness. One University of Georgia study found that moderate doses of caffeine can reduce the pain by nearly 50 percent — and anyone who has dealt with DOMS knows that it is no laughing matter.

It improves your memory: There's promising research that the caffeine in coffee has a positive effect on memory and thought processes, specifically when it comes to Alzheimer's disease. Mice with the rodent equivalent of Alzheimer's disease who consumed caffeine-spiked drinking water experienced a reduction in the levels of a protein in the brain that is a key aspect of the disease.

It keeps you regular: Coffee may help you "go" for a few reasons. Drinking warm liquids gets things moving, and just the fact that it's a liquid helps as well, since staying hydrated is one way to prevent constipation. And coffee itself is a powerful stimulant that encourages muscle contractions in the digestive tract.

It fights against disease: The antioxidants in coffee have been shown to decrease the risk of diabetes, heart disease, certain cancers, gallstones, and Parkinson's. These risks might not seem pressing right now, but your future self will thank you for doing whatever you can to prevent these health issues from happening.

It increases endurance: Running a race soon? You might consider sipping on a cup of joe before heading to the starting line. Studies have found that drinking a cup of coffee before can help increase your endurance.

With all that said, I hate to admit it, but coffee isn't a miracle beverage. Drinking too much can contribute to high blood pressure, sleep issues, headaches, and digestive problems. Just be sure to stick to 300 milligrams or less of caffeinated beverages a day to keep your java habit in check and your body in tip-top shape.

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clsteele10 clsteele10 4 years
You all should try my Organo Gold healthy coffee. All the benefits of coffee with none of the drawbacks. Great flavors!
elizlovescrisro elizlovescrisro 5 years
I do feel guilty about the two cups of coffee I drink daily, but I try not to stress it too much because there are a few benefits, and I eat super healthy otherwise(and it makes me happy which is healthy;). I usually drink it black, so no added cals, unless I add some soy cream or stevia to flavor. I do think it's a diuretic because it makes me pee like crazy and crave water(and sweat like crazy!!!!). To combat the acidity I drink lemon water. One thing I'm worried is that I heard it can cause menstrual cramps.
GummiBears GummiBears 5 years
I wonder how many of these studies was sponsored by Starbucks *lol*?
Bettye-Wayne Bettye-Wayne 5 years
Wow that part about coffee keeping you 'regular' is why I don't drink it- plus the high caffeine levels make me jittery and I like tea better. I'm already regular, coffee has me running to the toilet every half hour. I heard it's a diuretic too... the jury may be out but going by my own experience, drinking water and peeing a lot makes me feel good, drinking coffee and peeing a lot makes me feel like garbage- though looks like I'm in the minority on that one. I love my tea though, Chloe it's interesting you say that b/c I get migraines real easy, and I find 1-3 cups of tea is necessary for me to avoid migraines.
Bettye-Wayne Bettye-Wayne 5 years
Wow that part about coffee keeping you 'regular' is why I don't drink it- plus the high caffeine levels make me jittery and I like tea better. I'm already regular, coffee has me running to the toilet every half hour. I heard it's a diuretic too... the jury may be out but going by my own experience, drinking water and peeing a lot makes me feel good, drinking coffee and peeing a lot makes me feel like garbage- though looks like I'm in the minority on that one.I love my tea though, Chloe it's interesting you say that b/c I get migraines real easy, and I find 1-3 cups of tea is necessary for me to avoid migraines.
amber512 amber512 5 years
Ugh, why do both of them have to be so disgusting?
onlysourcherry onlysourcherry 5 years
spicy, i think the jury is out. People used to think it was a diuretic because it made you have to pee, but so does water. I've read conflicting studies on the topic.
Becky-Kirsch Becky-Kirsch 5 years
I've been trying to cut back on coffee, but at least now I can feel better about getting my caffeine fix!
spicyhippofood spicyhippofood 5 years
I thought coffee was a diuretic that required you to drink two times the amount of water afterwards to stay hydrated?
Allytta Allytta 6 years
i drink coffee almost everyday. just told about this post to my SO and guess what - got a reply 'yeah, but it's not good for you'. people really need more education on coffee
arcticpuppet arcticpuppet 6 years
coffee is my favorite drink ever!!!
Spectra Spectra 6 years
Ooh, I LOOOVE my coffee! I like to drink a LOT of it, so I make it half-caff so I only get 2 cups' worth of caffeine when I drink 4 cups. Seriously, the more they find out about coffee's benefits, the more I'm thinking it's definitely one of those superfoods that we as a society are MEANT to enjoy!
chloe-bella chloe-bella 6 years
I recently gave up coffee, and it was one of the hardest things ever! Unfortunately, both too much caffeine and not enough caffeine can trigger migraines, so it just wasn't a good thing for me. Plus, some medical professionals believe that the recent increase in healthy, young people dying during marathons and half marathons is caused by the fact that everything is so packed with caffeine these days, so that's another thing I'm not wanting to risk.
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 6 years
I love coffee.
Asche Asche 6 years
@xxstardust: It's not exactly coffee that helps asthmatics. It's actually a high dose of caffeine in a hot liquid that helps to open airwaves. So, if you don't feel like drinking a cup of joe, you could always microwave some redbull ;)
milens milens 6 years
oh yes! I love coffee. helps me survive the exam session :-D
xxstardust xxstardust 6 years
*around 8 ... not sure why I got a smile there!
xxstardust xxstardust 6 years
I was always told to drink coffee when I got sick, even as a younger kid (starting probably around 8) ... I've had asthma since I was very small and my doctor always told me that coffee would help whenever I got sick enough for my asthma to get bad. Every doctor's office or hospital visit ended with a Starbucks trip for me!
benheld benheld 6 years
I've switched to small cup of black coffee in the morning. It's enough that I get a little boost--but I'm not getting all those negative side effects.
michlny michlny 6 years
Since I have reintroduced coffee into my diet, my heart has been skipping a beat and I also get the rapid pulse. I haven't stopped it though....
Autumns_Elegy Autumns_Elegy 6 years
I love coffee, and tea. I drink so much tea I may turn into tannin.
Asche Asche 6 years
Unfortunately I can't drink coffee anymore. It literally makes me physically sick--stomach ache, rapid pulse, dizziness, etc.
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