Coffee, good or bad?
Coffee has been both touted for its amazing health benefits and demonized for destroying our health. So what’s the real story with coffee? Should you drink it or get rid of it? Here are some answers to help you decide if it’s right for you.
Some studies have shown coffee to have protective effects against some cancers thanks to its high levels of antioxidants. It is thought that the antioxidants can help lower oxidative stress, which may help ward off cancer.
A pre-workout cup of coffee is said to help increase strength and performance. It is thought to act directly on the muscles rather than the nervous system, helping you get more bang for your buck during your workout.On the other hand research has shown caffeine to raise cortisol levels, which you want to clear immediately after a workout, so avoid going for a cup of coffee post workout- it will slow your recovery.
Coffee is known for helping increase motivation and performance. It gives us a little pep in your step to power through your day and can help with concentration.
While there are benefits to drinking coffee keep in mind that coffee is one of the most pesticide sprayed crops so stick with organic coffee and use unbleached filters.Also, putting sugar in your coffee can negate the stimulatory effects of coffee so instead opt for a touch of cream, or coconut oil, if you don’t want to drink your coffee black.
I usually suggest sticking to one cup of coffee per day, maybe a second one before an afternoon strength workout.
If you can’t make it through the day without several cups of coffee, suffer from frequent exhaustion or are overly stressed you may want to consider getting rid of coffee- at least for a while. It may sound counterintuitive but if you feel tired again not long after drinking coffee it is time for a detox. Too much caffeine can be very taxing on your adrenal glands, which can lead to a host of health problems in the long run. Take a few weeks off of any caffeine and then stick with just one cup of coffee per day.
Source: Casa de Campo Living, www.jacquelinebanks.com
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