Hello, Darkness, My Old Friend.

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“The nectar of the Gods.”

“The life blood of champions.”

There are very (and I mean VERY) few things in this world that I love more than coffee.

These few things include my family and maybe my collection of sneakers.

That’s about it.

 

There is absolutely no better way to start your day and get ready to conquer life than with a fresh brewed pot of high quality organic coffee. 

I know, I know.

You’ve heard from other trainers and “experts” that coffee is bad for you.

Don’t believe the hype.

When drank black and in moderation, coffee is probably one of the healthiest beverages you can consume!

Below is my list of the Top 10 Reason’s To Drink A Cup Of Coffee Everyday:

1. It Make’s You Smarter

God knows we need more smart people in this world!

Studies have shown that coffee improves various aspects of brain function, from memory to overall cognitive function.

Start your morning off with a cup of black coffee and arrive to work with laser like focus, ready to tackle your most important tasks head on!

2. It Burns Fat

I should just stop there….

IT BURNS FAT, PEOPLE!

What else do you need to know?

Several studies have shown that coffee increases your metabolic rate.

Caffeine increases the number fatty acids in your bloodstream.

This allows you to burn them for fuel and use for energy.

Pretty cool, huh?

If you exercise in the morning and your main goal is fat loss, drink a cup or two of black coffee 30-45 minutes before your session; you’ll boost your metabolism by 15%!

You’re welcome.

3. It Increases Physical Performance and Aids In Recovery 

Caffeine increases epinephrine (adrenaline) levels in the blood.

This is your “Oh, sh*t,” or “flight or fight” hormone, designed to make our bodies ready for any kind of intense physical exertion.

Also, the fatty acids released into your blood stream are now ready for use as fuel.

Studies have shown that coffee can improve endurance by more than 11%!

A study by the University of Georgia, published in The Journal of Pain, found that drinking the equivalent of two cups of coffee an hour before training reduced post workout muscle soreness by 48%!

4. Antioxidants

Long story short: antioxidants prevent our cells from “rusting.”

Coffee is super concentrated in antioxidants and is especially high in one group called flavonoids.

Studies have shown that the flavonoids in coffee also possess anti-viral, anti-allergic, anti-platelet, and anti-inflammatory properties.

While you can (and should) get plenty of antioxidants from other sources like fruits and vegetables, coffee is the number #1 source of antioxidants for Americans.

5. It Lowers Risk of Type 2 Diabetes

If you have been reading and applying the knowledge provided in this blog, type 2 diabetes is something you should never have to worry about.

With that being said, studies show that people who drink four or more cups of coffee per day reduce their risk of getting the disease by 50%!

Of course if you add milk and sugar to your coffee, you’re probably cancelling out the benefit of drinking coffee, but that’s none of my business.

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6. Alzheimer’s Prevention 

Alzheimer’s is the leading neurodegenerative disease and the leading cause of dementia worldwide.

It usually affects people over 65 and unfortunately there is no cure.

Several studies show that coffee drinkers have up to a 65% lower risk of getting Alzheimer’s disease.

I don’t know about you, but I’d say that those are pretty good odds against developing the disease, all for a cup or two of black deliciousness a day.

7. Parkinson’s Prevention

The second most common neurodegenerative disease, Parkinson’s, is caused by the death of dopamine-generating neurons in the brain.

There is also no cure for the disease.

Studies have shown that coffee drinkers have up to a 60% lower risk of getting Parkinson’s than non coffee drinkers.

8. It Protects Your Liver 

Several diseases can affect your liver, including hepatitis and fatty liver disease.

These diseases can lead to a condition called cirrhosis, in which the liver has been largely replaced by scar tissue.

People who drink 4 or more cups of coffee per day have an 80% less chance of developing cirrhosis than those that don’t.

Studies have shown the coffee also helps prevent cancer of the liver by up to 40% as well!

9. It Makes You Happier

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“Thank you, coffee!”

In a Harvard study published in 2011, those who drank 4 or more cups of coffee per day had a 20% lower risk of becoming depressed.

Another study conducted on over 200,000 people concluded that those who drank 4 or more cups a day were over 50% less likely to commit suicide.

10. Lower Risk Of Stroke

A stroke occurs when the blood supply to part of your brain is interrupted or severely reduced, depriving brain tissue of oxygen and food.

Some studies have shown that the regular consumption of coffee may reduce your risk of having a stroke by 20%.


 

As you can see, coffee pretty much qualifies as a super food.

Remember that coffee beans are one of the most heavily sprayed crops in the world and that some companies practice some pretty unsavory and inhumane labor conditions towards their farmers.

Therefore, make sure you buy a high quality FREE TRADE and ORGANIC brand.

Start your day off the right way.

Pour yourself a good ol’ cup’a Joe and reap all the amazing benefits.

Author: J.J.Valdivia

I have worked in the health and fitness industry for a decade. Through my personal work with clients, and my writing, I strive to help others become more well-rounded human beings, so that they may thrive in all areas of their lives.

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