Fuel for Meditation: The Health Benefits of Drinking Coffee
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The way our body and brain react to meditation is greatly affected by the state of mind we find ourselves in during that particular moment. Believe it or not, a great deal of our mental alertness depends on the food that we consume. According to the Ayurvedic system, there is a connection between how we eat and how we think or react to certain situations.
In Ayurveda, food can either be poison or medicine. It all depends on your individual constitution. People with Kapha constitution are thought to benefit most from coffee. But whatever your constitution is, coffee does have universal benefits. When consumed in the right way and in the right amount, coffee can improve your meditation practice!
Coffee has long been portrayed as a misunderstood entity—delicious but with questionable morals. But when consumed in the morning, and even a small cup in the afternoon, it actually has some awesome advantages. Coffee is a very healthy beverage, full of antioxidants and nutrients that improve your health when consumed in moderation.
Cuts Down on Your Risk of Developing Diabetes
Type 2 diabetes has reached epidemic level now that about 300 million people worldwide have developed it. This is partially due to food insecurity around the world. That said, coffee drinkers have a significantly reduced risk of developing this metabolic syndrome— of which about 23-50 % of cases depend on family history and lifestyle, according to several studies. One massive meta-analysis looked at 457,922 individuals to find that a daily cup of coffee granted a 7% reduction in diabetes risk.
Melts Away Fat
One reason why people love coffee is because of the thermogenic effect and caffeine double team. Caffeine can boost your metabolismby 3-11 %, depending on your lifestyle and activity levels. Indeed, when you drink coffee, you can think of it as a natural fat-burning supplement.
Source of Essential Nutrients
Coffee is a great source of nutrients! A single cup of java contains the following essential nutrients:
- Riboflavin (Vitamin B2)
- Pantothenic Acid (Vitamin B5)
Though the amounts are quite small with just one cup, if you drink a couple of servings, you get a greater amount.
Reduces the Chances of Developing Alzheimer’s
Everyone has a fear of Alzheimer’s, a crippling disease that renders you unable to recall much of your life and who you are. There is no known cure for Alzheimer’s, but there are ways to lessen the chances of it occurring. One of those ways is by living healthily, eating well, and drinking coffee. Several studies have shown the coffee drinkers are up to 65% less likely to get Alzheimer’s than their non-coffee drinking compatriots.
Makes You Happy
A Finnish study found that coffee may just be the chill pill everyone needs. The research looked at men who drink coffee throughout the day (with an intake of around 27 ounces or more) and found that they were 77% less likely to develop depression than those who didn’t drink coffee at all.
Protects Your Liver
The liver has an incredibly important function inside the body—detoxification being one of them. When the liver cannot do what it’s supposed do, the body suffers dramatically. Some examples of liver problems include hepatitis, fatty liver, and cirrhosis. Coffee happens to help with the latter. There have been a number of studies on the role of coffee and the prevention of cirrhosis throughout the years, with major findings happening in 2001 and 2002.
Basically, if you drink around 4 cups of coffee a day, you reduce your risk of cirrhosis by a whopping 80%.
The skin cancer known as melanoma is one of the most deadliest types. Fortunately, the National Cancer Institute published a study in 2015 that highlighted the effects of 4 or more cups of coffee a day and the decreased risk of developing skin cancer. The belief is that the chlorogenic acid in coffee may suppress an enzyme called COX-2, which is a result of overexposure to UV rays.
Another study showed that of the 489,706 participants, those who drink 4-5 cups of coffee per day had a 15% lower risk of colorectal cancer.
Keeps the Dentist Away
With just one cup of coffee a day! Though you may think that avoiding coffee means maintaining your pearly whites, consider this: When teeth begin to disintegrate, you are at risk of developing periodontal disease. Researchers from Boston University found that regular consumption of 1-2 cups of coffee a day resulted in less chances of bone loss. Coffee actually counteracts the development of this disease.
When something in your diet gives you such miraculous health benefits, how can you not drink it? Though it cannot be called a cure-all, coffee is definitely a superb drink that you should be taking advantage of it you strive to be as healthy as possible. Bottoms up!
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