6 Healthy Reasons to Drink Coffee
If there’s one thing that being a millennial in Vancouver will teach you, it’s that if you don’t understand the difference between a latte and a flat white, a short black and a doppio, or a risteretto and a macchiato, you will absolutely be judged by the career screenwriter serving your drink.
The good news is, regardless of your knowledge of the different ways someone can add milk to a hot drink, the beans that make up your coffee do more than give you a daily boost. There are health benefits to that wonder drink that can help you live a healthier, happier life.
1. Caffeine Increases Memory
A 2014 study out of John Hopkins University concluded that 200mg of caffeine per day increases memory within a 24-hour period. The next time someone is stressing out for finals, you know what to do.
2. It decreases workout pain by 48%
Researchers from the University of Georgia concluded that 2-4 cups of coffee after a workout can significantly reduce muscle pain. You have even more incentive to hit those New Years goals. Plus, you can always make a pot for your residential cleaning team after a good deep clean.
3. Burn that winter fluff
Caffeine consumption raises metabolism and stimulates your nervous system, improving physical fitness. According to the Journal of Applied Physiology, people who exercise regularly, consume carbs and caffeine have 66% more glycogen in their systems. Glycogen is the fuel which muscles use to function, boosting performance and recovery time.
4. It helps ward off Diabetes
Researches at Harvard found that over a 20-year study (with all variables accounted for) that participants who increased their consumption above 1 cup a day had an 11% lower chance of developing Type II Diabetes, while those who decreased their consumption below 1 cup a day had an 18% higher chance of developing the disease. However, people who have Type II Diabetes are not encouraged to drink coffee as it can increase glucose and insulin levels.
5. Reduces Mouth and Throat Cancer by 49%
A 2012 study by the American Cancer association found that having more than four cups of coffee daily decreases mouth and throat cancer by nearly half.
6. You’re a better you
According to a 2014 study in the World Journal of Biological Psychiatry, men and women who consume between 200-250mg of caffeine per day have higher dopamine levels and are generally happier for three hours post consumption.
So, the next time that dapper barista with his well-groomed mustache looks down on you for not appreciating the organic smoky chocolate undertones of your morning pick me up, let him know you appreciate him looking out for you.