COFFEE IS ACTUALLY BENEFITING YOUR LIFE?

Could you imagine a day without coffee? Could you imagine a month without coffee? Then there is no way you could last a whole lifetime without coffee!! People have been going around for decades telling us that coffee is the worst thing for you but you always ask yourself “is it THAT bad for me?” So today we are here to tell you that coffee actually is not the worst thing for you on a daily basis and you can keep drinking that steaming cup of joe. Coffee has been around for a long time and is often blamed for many illnesses. From stunting your growth to causing heart problems but newer research shows that it may actually have health benefits. There are many different ways that coffee can help benefit your daily life including:  

1. You could live longer.

Recent studies found that coffee drinkers are less likely to die from some of the leading causes of death in women: coronary heart disease, stroke, diabetes and kidney disease.

2.Your body may process glucose (or sugar) better.

That’s the theory behind studies that found that people who drink more coffee are less likely to get type 2 diabetes.

3. You’re less likely to develop heart failure.

Drinking one to two cups of coffee a day may help ward off heart failure, when a weakened heart has difficulty pumping enough blood to the body.  

4. You are less likely to develop Parkinson’s disease.

Caffeine is not only linked to a lower chance of developing Parkinson’s disease, but it may also help those with the condition better control their movements.

5. Your liver will thank you.

Both regular and decaf coffee seem to have a protective effect on your liver. Research shows that coffee drinkers are more likely to have liver enzyme levels within a healthy range than people who don’t drink coffee.

6. Your DNA will be stronger.

Dark roast coffee decreases breakage in DNA strands, which occur naturally but can lead to cancer or tumors if not repaired by your cells.  

7. Your odds of getting colon cancer will go way down.

One in 23 women develop colon cancer. But researchers found that coffee drinkers were 26 percent less likely to develop colorectal cancer.

8. You may decrease your risk of getting Alzheimer’s disease.

Almost two-thirds of Americans living with Alzheimer’s disease are women. But the caffeine in two cups of coffee may provide significant protection against developing the condition.

Even though coffee has these amazing health benefits it also comes with the factors of how much you are drinking in one day. It is a true fact that drinking too much coffee has side effects. Excessive intake of coffee can make you jittery and cause different effects including:

  • Increased heart rates
  • Raised blood pressure
  • Trouble falling asleep
  • Anxiety

So the question you still have is how much coffee can I drink in a day to get the benefits and still avoid the bad effects? I will tell you dont worry. According to the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, it’s safe for most people to drink three to five cups of coffee a day to receive all the goodness and avoid the negative parts to it.

So now that you know that there ARE health benefits to drinking coffee on a daily basis scroll on down to look for some different types of coffees and different ways on making them to satisfy your coffee cravings : )

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Cannabis Coffee

This past week, Canada became among the list of countries that have legalized the recreational use of cannabis. With the legalization, we got to thinking – “What about cannabis-infused coffee?”. Well, it’s a thing! There are several pros to adding cannabis to your coffee and we’re going to go through them all!

Before we get into the ‘good’ stuff, let’s discuss what it is exactly that you’d be putting into your coffee. We’re talkin’ CBD, or cannabidiol, which is a natural derivative from the cannabis plant. CBD is known for being the non-psychoactive part of the cannabis plant – those who use cannabis for medicinal purposes usually look for such that has a higher CBD content.

Pros:

If you’re an avid coffee drinker, you’ve probably encountered a time or two with the ‘jitters’ and/or high anxiety. One of the first pros of enjoying CBD coffee is that those effects almost disappear and you are more often than not, actually relaxed. If we look at the science behind it, both caffeine (found in coffee) and cannabinoids are adenosine reactants, this means that while the caffeine will suppress your feelings to go to sleep, the cannabinoids will keep adenosine in place to allow for that calming factor.

Now, we know many people simply cannot function without their morning cup of jo; however, there has been a few studies that suggest that CBD coffee can increase your feelings of awakeness without the need for extra caffeine – so no, you won’t have to add that extra shot!

Further, many people feel those aches and pains in the morning and as we mentioned earlier, higher CBD content is mainly found in medical marijuana products – this means, that alongside you being more awake, the non-psychoactive and body calming effects will have your body ready to go in no time!

Wanna try it?

There are several ways to infuse your coffee with CBD: from using CBD oil to buying CBD-infused beans (that’s right, before they’re roasted!). As many know, with the legalization of cannabis in Canada, there were a few ‘terms and conditions’. For instance, edibles and drinkables are not yet legal; however, oils can be purchased and you are more than welcome to make and enjoy these treats at home. With that said, pure CBD oil is not yet available on the government website; therefore, when following at-home tutorials to make edibles and drinkables, please remember that THC does in fact have psychoactive effects and it is illegal to drive under its influence.

We actually reached out to our Facebook and Instagram followers to ask how many people would be interested if we were able to offer a drinkable and this was the response:

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The responses we’re surprising – both Facebook and Instagram had almost identical answers but for the opposite choice! There is still time to choose a side though, drinkables won’t be available for sale until sometime in 2019. Don’t worry though, we’re looking into it!

Excess Grinds? No Problem

These days it’s all about DIYs and all-natural home remedies and if you have an abundance of expired or leftover coffee grounds then you’re able to do both! Coffee, and coffee grounds, can make a great addition to any skin and hair care routine.

(We also suggest not using coffee grounds that have already been used as their antioxidant properties have already been taken away!)

Exfoliant

Coffee grounds make a great exfoliant because of the abrasive texture and natural 44197110_890449161149886_2910389763846438912_nproperties. Just by mixing a few tablespoons of coffee grounds with your favourite oil (coconut works the best!) you can use this scrub all over your body! This works best for getting rid of that excess dry layer of skin to reveal the beautiful healthy skin underneath.

There’s also a rumor that coffee scrubs can help get rid of cellulite, but there is little evidence to back this up. So instead of suggesting that it works, we’ll tell you that the potential is there as coffee is loaded with antioxidants that can help tighten your skin and reduce the appearance of cellulite.

Facial

Coffee as well as its grounds can also be used in facial products – not just as a scrub like mentioned above but also to rejuvenate the skin. You’ve probably noticed that many skin care companies are even incorporating coffee into their products. This is because coffee has been proven to reduce the look of fine lines and wrinkles while energizing the skin and improving elasticity. Because of its antioxidants, coffee has also been shown to reduce redness and inflammation of the skin, which is perfect for giving your face an even complexion.

 

Hair Treatment

Coffee is one of the best all natural ‘pick-me-ups’ for your hair. Not only does the motion of rubbing the grinds in your scalp promote blood circulation and therefore hair growth, but exfoliating your scalp helps unclog hair follicles and leads to stronger hair all around. By mixing the grinds with your favourite oil, not only does your scalp become refreshed as dead skin cells and dandruff are rubbed away, but your scalp is moisturized in the process.44245440_2220294811532425_6246123565083525120_n

Coffee can also be used to revive your hair and bring back its shine! Next time you pour yourself a ‘spro, make an extra one just for your hair. Jump in the shower, wash your hair, apply your coffee evenly over your locks and let it sit for up to 20 minutes (so, while your do all your other things) and then rinse it out! This rinse is best for those with darker hair because coffee is also a natural dye and can affect lighter hair.

 

 

Caffeine and Mental Health

Let’s face it, nowadays, almost everyone is a coffee drinker, whether it be for the taste, the ‘cool’ factor, or for that sweet burst of energy. With all of these coffee drinkers it’s expected that there are a lot of opinions on if coffee is good or bad for you. While there may be quite a bit of health benefits to what you do or do not put in your coffee, such as sugar, cream, syrups or even cinnamon, we should also consider the health benefits of just black coffee itself.

We also often overlook the benefits or impacts on your mental and brain health coffee has. Obviously, there are a few obvious effects that coffee has such as stimulation and alertness, but what about long-term effects such as those towards depression and anxiety? Not to mention, coffee, or caffeine rather, is technically a drug, so what about the effects of withdrawal on your body.

Let’s start with the good.

In recent studies, and one particularly from the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, caffeine has causes the direct response of motivation, alertness, and anti-depressive effects. This is because caffeine is a psycho-stimulant causing your body and brain to want to ‘get things going’. Further, caffeine is known for binding to adenosine receptors and blocking them. If that last sentence was gibberish to you, that’s fine: basically, caffeine stops the hormone that causes drowsiness and a lack of motivation and energy – meaning, your awake, alert, and ready to get shi– I mean, stuff done.

One last thing, coffee is a social beverage. That being said, it’s a great excuse to grab your friends that you may not have seen in a while, meet at your local coffee shop, and talk it all out. It’s a way to keep you out of your room and get you out of the house.

But what about those that battle anxiety? Is coffee good or bad?

The truth is, there isn’t a definitive answer. Those with anxiety tend to feel stress and nervousness at any given time and more often than not, feel almost a weight on their shoulders. Caffeine isn’t necessarily beneficial towards these feelings. This is because caffeine is a stimulant that increases heart rate, blood pressure and can lead to extreme levels of stress hormones in your body.

Now this doesn’t mean if you’re struggling with anxiety or stress that you should give up coffee altogether, it just means you should know your limit and stay within it.

Last but not least, have you ever tried to give up coffee? Or accidentally skipped your morning ‘spro? You might have felt a few of these things…

The number one effect from caffeine withdrawal is a headache – this is because caffeine narrows your blood vessels in your brain, with the absence of caffeine there is a sudden flow of blood to your brain which can cause a headache until your brain adapts to the change, or until your next fix.

Next is irritability. We’ve all seen those t-shirts and mugs that say something like “give me my coffee and no one gets hurt”. Well, there’s a reason those sayings fall true: without your mood-boosting beverage, you’re most likely going to feel angry or ‘moody’.

If you’re thinking of cutting out coffee, try going slow and not attempting the cold turkey technique. Also, make sure you’re staying hydrated and getting the right amount of sleep!

In the end, it’s important to know yourself and your body – what amount of caffeine you can handle and how much is too much. Because, let’s face it, you can in fact have too much of a good thing.

Benefits of Cinnamon and Coffee – Lose weight!

My Mother recently just came back from a trip to California to see my Grandmother and a friend of hers was telling her all about how she started adding cinnamon to her coffee and had lost 5 pounds already in over a weeks time!

Now before you get too excited, everyone’s metabolism and body types/weights are different. So what might work for some may not work for others. The idea of adding cinnamon to my coffee/teas really got me thinking what types of benefits does cinnamon have that causes a person to lose weight?

So, after doing some research, I came up with the reason and several other wonderful benefits of cinnamon.

– Cinnamon has an effect on blood sugar that makes it a potential help in the battle against weight, insulin resistance and the metabolic syndrome
– Cinnamon reduces blood sugar and increases insulin levels
– Reduces Bad Cholesterol while keeping the good cholesterol stable
– Boosts the Immune System while removing fatique & increasing longevity
– Treats colds & Influenza
– Helps Brain Function & Memory (this I need!)
– Helps the digestive system- removes flatulence, indigestion, soothes the tummy
– Suppresses the bacteria that causes UTI and fungus associated with yeast infections
– Natural Pain Reliever- I’ve personally used cinnamon for toothaches & cramps and have had instant relief, whereas tylenol or advil take a while to kick in
– Excellent source of manganese, calcium, fiber and iron
And not to mention… adding cinnamon to coffee enhances the flavor! I am definitely sold on the cinnamon idea whether it helps me lose weight or not- the health benefits alone are enough reason to start using cinnamon.
I’ve also been hearing about how cinnamon and honey mixed in boiling water helps with weight loss- just Google cinnamon & honey weightloss and you will see what I mean:

Boil 1 cup of water and add 1/2 tsp. cinnamon powder and 1 tsp honey: drink 1 cup in the a.m. on an empty stomach and 1 cup in the p.m.

I haven’t tried this yet- but some people say it has helped them to lose weight. Personally, I figure it can’t hurt, so why not try it? Even as I am typing, I am steeping some Yerba Mate Tea and I have my cinnamon & honey on hand! I am going to try to start having 2 cups per day and seeing if I have any positive results and I will come back and update. If you decide to try this out- let me know if it works for you!