The Blessings of Coffee

Health isn’t all about worry; sometimes it’s relaxing and delicious. For instance, research says caffeinated coffee is a medical wonder, blessing our socks off with each sip.

Studies find that coffee’s big-time benefits start at three cups a day. More is fine, but less does less.

Here are just a few of coffee’s wonders:
1. Coffee keeps your arteries slick and clean, which makes life easier for your heart.

2. Coffee reduces pain. Some say it only reduces our sensitivity to pain; either way works for me.

3. Acting as a bronchodilator, coffee helps lung function.

4. Coffee prevents excessive blood clotting.

5. Drinking coffee before exercising means burning 15% more calories for three hours post-exercise.

6. Coffee triggers your brain to release Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor (BDNF). Besides blessing the brain, BDNF helps prevent age-related muscle loss and age-related loss of strength.

7. Coffee raises low cortisol levels. Medicine says cortisol is only dangerous when it gets high, but low cortisol is a much larger problem–and it’s epidemic these days. One sign of low cortisol is hard-to-handle stress, in which case, raising your cortisol is a good thing.

8. And coffee reduces your risk of tinnitus, multiple sclerosis, Type 2 diabetes, liver cirrhosis, depression, Parkinson’s Disease, and melanoma–among many other not-to-be-desired health problems.

9. And coffee’s benefits are not just about us.

I start each day with coffee. I like the taste and the warmth. If it gives me energy, I haven’t noticed. But it’s a great health drink–antioxidants as far as the eye can see–and it says “I love you” to my endocrine system, so coffee is my friend.

I use organic Sumatra beans. And since I live in an area with fluoridated water, I make my coffee with distilled water. I brew it in an all-stainless-steel percolator so I don’t get whacked by aluminum or by the plastic tubes and the water left sitting in a Keurig.

Yes, it’s slightly more effort than it could be, but if I don’t concern myself with what’s going down the hatch, who will?

But too often, after drinking just a little coffee, I get busy, and my coffee cools off. I don’t like lukewarm coffee, so I pour what’s left in the cup onto the soil of a house plant, alternating plants as needed so I don’t drown them.

As it turns out, coffee’s a great health drink for plants, too. My plants are building muscles they never knew they had. If they take over the house, I’ll have to rethink the whole thing, but for right now, my plants and I are good.

And here’s a bonus: Many animals don’t like the odor of coffee, so putting the grounds near plants in the garden will discourage visits from unwelcome visitors–and nourish the plants at the same time. Hubba, hubba.

The news that caffeinated coffee blesses our health is pretty new, but it’s reliable. That said, don’t expect the news to get shouted from the housetops.

No prescription drug comes close to matching coffee’s wide array of benefits, and that’s a problem for the Big Pharma poobahs. Which is why the official word still says coffee will rot your toenails, along with other body parts.

But, in fact, coffee is a good way to show your body a little love.

God is good,
Bette Dowdell

About the author: Bette Dowdell defines determination. A drunk driver put her into a really deep health ditch when she was a baby. Her endocrine system, which controls all of health, dragged along, out of sorts, and doctors didn’t help. So, she got her Oh-Yeah! attitude in gear and researched her way out. She never intended to be a health expert, but sometimes a girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do, and Bette’s still researching. To subscribe to Bette’s free health e-mails, click the “subscribe” button at the top, right.

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