Sunday, September 9, 2012

Dear Coffee, I love you.


I hate to admit this..... but I am completely caffeine dependant.  There are so many different ways to get your caffeine fix these days (energy drinks, supplements, soda), but I have always turned to the aid of the caffeine naturally found in the coffee bean. 
 
coffee beans
 
Every morning of my adult life has started out with a cup of coffee. And we're not talking just one small 8 oz. cup of coffee either... we're talking half pot or big travel-size mug of coffee!  For me, "coffee-d and caffeinated" is the only way my body knows how to start the day... it's really the only way I feel like a normal human being.  Even on my early gym mornings, I will set the delay timer on the coffee maker for 4am and power down some coffee before my workout.  What can I say?.... I love it, I need it, coffee completes me.  Sounds like a serious dependency problem right?!  
 
 
According to WebMd and other health websites, it may very well be a caffeine dependency problem, but not considered serious... whew!  There are many misconceptions out there about caffeine and also it's effects on your health.  Did you know caffeine is present in some over-the-counter painkillers and cold medications?  So coffee drinker, or not, go here to get your caffeine facts straight:  http://www.webmd.com/balance/caffeine-myths-and-facts 
 
 Ok, here's the good news... Coffee may actually have health benefits! 
 
A growing body of research shows that coffee drinkers, compared to nondrinkers, are:
  • less likely to have type 2 diabetes, Parkinson's disease, and dementia
  • have fewer cases of certain cancers, heart rhythm problems, and strokes
 Read more on the health benefits of coffee here:
 
 
I'll raise a cup of Joe to that!!
 
Xo,
Janel
 
 
 
 

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