Coffee is one of the most popular beverages...worldwide. Hot, cold, black, with cream and/or sugar etc. The options are endless. There are many stories on when and where coffee originated. There are even more studies and articles on whether coffee is actually beneficial to one's health and overall well-being.
The scent of freshly brewed coffee is one I've known since I was just a little girl. One of my most beloved memories is of my grandmother standing in front of the stove top with a tazita (a small cup) in her hand as she waited for the coffee to brew. Any family visit or gathering called for a round of coladas (Cuban espresso). However, it wasn't until my senior year of high school that coffee became a part of my morning routine. Now-a-days, brewing a fresh cup of coffee in the morning is one of my mom must-haves to successfully start and take on the day!
This is why...
Coffee is known to be a mood booster. It elevates how you feel and helps with anti-stress and anxiety. It increases alertness allowing you to focus and concentrate better. While many people think the caffeine in coffee is what causes a happy sensation it's actually the antioxidants.
Coffee improves your energy levels and physical performance. After you drink coffee, the caffeine is absorbed into your bloodstream which then travels to your brain. Caffeine stimulates your nervous system causing an increase of adrenaline levels in your blood and fat cells to break down body fat.
Coffee contributes to your health because it contains nutrients like potassium, magnesium, and niacin (vitamin B3) to name a few. It's a powerful antioxidant. It increases metabolism and reduces appetite. Coffee also helps to reduce carbohydrate and sugar cravings as well as burn fat. It has even been linked to preventing or reducing the risk of Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, and certain cancers.
For me, coffee is one of those feel good beverages. From the aroma of the grounds to a freshly brewed cup. Coffee helps to jump start my day in a positive way. I love the taste of it and the many ways it can be enjoyed.
Choose your coffee wisely for better benefits. Sometimes the trending coffee drinks aren't the healthiest. Those actually tend to consist of more add-on ingredients than coffee itself. Lastly, it's always recommended to consult with your doctor if it's okay for you to consume coffee.