Coffee…has become my “drug” of choice!

Yes, that is correct. I am back to drinking coffee after about 25 years of consuming green tea as my “caffeine” fix.

Coffee has taken prominence in my day. I am really enjoying a couple of cups of coffee each day. Meeting socially around a cup of coffee…taking an afternoon break from whatever my sweetie and I may be doing to have a latte or an Americano coffee….that has become a daily event.

I was turned off of coffee way back 25 years ago by my nutritionist at that time. She had convinced me that coffee was bad for me and gave me lot’s of scientific studies to back up her opinion and advice on the subject. I read the literature, listened to her suggestions and quit drinking the brown liquid opting for organic green tea instead. Fast forward 25 years…I love my coffee now.

I do agree wholeheartedly that the quality and origin of coffee matters in the grand scheme. I buy only “organic”, “non-GMO”, “fairtrade” top quality coffee for enjoying at home. I admit that I don’t always get that quality of coffee when we are out and about but we are selective in our choice of “coffee houses” we visit. Most of the “specialty” coffee shops have good quality, possibly organic, fair trade coffee on their menu.

Conventional coffee is one of the highest pesticide, herbicide, fungicide and insecticide sprayed crops on the planet. This is the main reason why the quality of your daily java matters. To keep up with the demands of coffee being the most widely traded commodity in the world, farming it has had to take on a “maximizing production” approach. With that comes shortcuts to growing the crop fast and furiously whilst protecting the crop from insects, molds etc.

Organic coffee is grown without all of that chemical treatment. This is better for the coffee bean itself, the farmers who work the fields and the environment it’s grown in. It’s also a better choice for you and your health.

Recent studies are now revealing that drinking good quality, organic coffee has benefits. I’m grateful to hear this as I don’t want to do something on a daily basis that could add harm rather than benefit my health.

Here are a few benefits we get from our cup of “joe”:

  • Coffee is super high in antioxidants that help to fight off free radicals in the body
  • Coffee makes most of us feel energized and that’s a good thing for me. My MS causes fatigue off and on throughout my day and I notice a definite boost in my energy after a cup of good coffee.
  • Coffee stimulates the brain and helps boost memory, mental clarity and mood
  • Coffee helps with metabolism of body fat by boosting your metabolic rate. All “fat-burning” supplements on the market contain “caffeine”.
  • Caffeine stimulates the nervous system and improves physical energy and performance.
  • There are essential nutrients in coffee. A single cup delivers B2, B5, manganese, potassium, magnesium and niacin. Having a few cups of coffee a day will help you reach the daily recommendations for these nutrients.
  • Apparantly coffee drinkers have a lower risk of developing type 2 Diabetes
  • Coffee drinking may help you fight off dementia along with a healthy diet and exercise.
  • As with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, Parkinson’s disease is neurodegenerative. Studies show coffee drinkers have a lower risk of developing this.
  • Coffee may make you a happier person. I know after I have a good cup of coffee I’m more “in the game”.
  • Coffee has a protective quality for your liver against hepatitis, fatty liver disease and even cirrhosis.
  • Coffee drinkers lower their risk of certain types of cancer, namely liver and colon cancer.
  • Caffeine causes your blood pressure to rise but experts do not believe it causes heart disease risk. In fact stroke risk is lower with moderate coffee consumption.

Bottom line…if you like the buzz you get from your coffee, enjoy it. You are getting impressive health benefits.

My biggest benefit from good coffee is that burst of energy it gives me. Sometimes it’s the difference between napping or not. Coffee keeps me going.

While in California this winter I found a product called “Fusion” coffee. It’s a blend of good coffee, matcha green tea and the almighty goji berry. It tastes like good dark coffee and the benefits abound.

So….I’m hooked. Coffee has become “my drug of choice”.

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