Posts Tagged ‘Health’
September 30, 2014
If you have been following the blog for more than a day, then you have probably picked up on the fact that I have a slight love affair with coffee.
In honor of yesterday being National Coffee Day, I thought it would be fun to gather a list of coffee facts as well as the health benefits of keeping it a part of your every day beverage intake.
For starters, one or two cups of coffee per day can increase your metabolic burn. Well, maybe not if you choose a venti mocha frappuccino topped in whipped cream and drizzled in chocolate syrup, but you know what I mean. In general, regular coffee (stripped of all the nonsense) has been proven to actually help you burn fat. Really.
That said, I feel a little bit better about enjoying an afternoon cup of joe every once in a while. In fact, I might just be sipping on a warm cup of freshly brewed coffee at home as I type. And by might, I mean definitely. It was much needed today.
Want to hear more coffee fun facts?
Here are the highlights I found searching the Interwebs.
(Sources are credited within each bullet point.)
• Coffee can help keep you happy.
“Researchers from Harvard University found that women who consumed two to three cups of caffeinated joe per day had a 15 percent lower risk of depression than non-coffee drinkers, while those who drank four-plus cups daily had a 20 percent lower risk. In general, women are more likely than men to be diagnosed with depression.”
“The study should not prompt non-coffee drinkers to take up the habit. It could, however, offer current coffee drinkers some reassurance.”
>> Coffee Cuts Depression Risk In Women, New Study Shows, Huffington Post
• It keeps you regular.
“Coffee may help you ‘go’ for a few reasons. Drinking warm liquids gets things moving, and just the fact that it’s a liquid helps as well, since staying hydrated is one way to prevent constipation. And coffee itself is a powerful stimulant that encourages muscle contractions in the digestive tract.”
>> Health Benefits of Coffee, FitSugar.
• Coffee may cut your risk of death.
“Between 1995 and 2008, male participants drinking even just one daily cup reduced their risk of death by 6%.”
“Drinking either two to three cups or six or more cups reduced the risk by 10% during the timeframe of the study. The greatest reduction of death risk was 12% in the group drinking four to five cups.”
“Know your limit: five cups.”
>> 6 Surprising Health Benefits of Coffee, Men’s Fitness.
• It helps protect your brain.
“Coffee drinkers are more likely to resist development of dementia and Alzheimer’s later in life according to a 2009 study.”
>> 9 Amazing Benefits of Coffee, Huffington Post.
• Caffeine may lower the risk of Parkinson’s.
“Coffee drinkers have up to a 60% lower risk of getting Parkinson’s disease, the second most common neurodegenerative disorder.”
>> Top 13 Evidence-Based Health Benefits of Coffee, Authority Nutrition.
• Coffee may lower the risk of liver cancer.
“Italian researchers found that coffee consumption lowers the risk of liver cancer by about 40%. In addition, some of the results suggest that if you drink three cups a day, the risks are reduced by more than 50%.”
>> What Are the Health Benefits of Coffee? Health News Today.
• It can be used as a therapeutic.
“Over the years, coffee has played a therapeutic role in patients with COPD, asthma, and in the prevention of certain neurodegenerative diseases.”
“Coffee acts as a bronchodilator, which means it helps to open up your airways, and it has been shown to help premature infants with compromised lung function. Its role in aiding in the prevention of certain neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s is due to its ability to increase activity of neurons in our brain resulting in longer life of these cells.”
• Coffee contains antioxidants.
“Coffee beans are actually the seeds inside a bright red berry, sometimes called a coffee cherry. Like all plant foods, both the berries and the seeds are rich in antioxidants. In fact, according to recent research, coffee is the number one source of antioxidants in the American diet.”
>> 6 Healthy Reasons to Keep Drinking Coffee, Health.
• It gives your memory a kick.
“The caffeine in a cup or two of java doesn’t just perk you up in the moment—it enhances your memory up to 24 hours after you drink it. This provides an assist when it comes to forming new memories, reports a Nature study.”
>> 11 Coffee Stats You Never Knew, Shape.
• Coffee is the new chocolate milk.
“Certain beverages have star reps as pre- and post-workout drinks, like flavored fitness water, regular H2O, and even chocolate milk. Now add a cup of coffee to the list.”
“A new study published in the journal PLOS ONE found that contrary to what nutritionists have long thought, coffee does not dehydrate you.”
>> Is Coffee the Next Big Sports Drink? Women’s Health.
Well what do you know… turns out that my coffee habit might not be one I really have to kick one of these days after all. Woo hoo!
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Questions of the Afternoon
• Are you an every day coffee drinker?
• If so, how often do you enjoy a cup (or three)?
Have a great rest of your night!
September 19, 2014
Happy Friday! I can’t believe we are well into September already.
Fall is most certainly in the air up here and it makes me want to go pick a pumpkin out from a patch or visit a cider mill. All in due time, I suppose.
As usual, I have complied a list of things I have enjoyed this week for Friday Favorites. New around here? Come on and join the party!
I started this link up almost fifty weeks ago (!!!) because I found myself clicking on any type of favorites post that popped up in my reader on Fridays. They’re entertaining to read, and if I like to creep on other people’s favorites, chances are that you do too.
Whether it’s fitness, food, or fashion related (or just plain funny!) feel free to share a list of things you’ve been loving lately through the widget (blue button) at the bottom of the post. If you are not a blogger, I still welcome you to take part in the fun by sharing some of yours in the comments!
Friday Favorites #55: Week of 9/19
• the beginning of fall
I have come across patches of autumn colored leaves here and there, but I finally saw a predominately yellow tree on my run yesterday.
I guess I can tolerate the chilly weather in exchange for views like this.
I love this time of year!
• Yes To Carrots anti-frizz serum
I have been using this anti-frizz serum on my wet hair and it has worked wonderfully for scrunching and naturally shaping my curls while it air dries!
To be fair, I already have naturally curly hair, but I really didn’t expect it it tame the frizz as much as it did. It’s been nice to occasionally go au naturel.
• Ed Sheeran concert
Remember that concert I was dying to go to on Wednesday? We got to go!
I have been a lover of his music since I heard his first track years ago, but can’t seem to get off of his Pandora and Spotify stations lately. I found out he was coming to our home arena and flipped out. I’m so thankful that Scott found a way for us to get there!
It was the best date night we’ve had in a while!
• headband hack trick
Speaking of the concert, I got word we were going without much time to get ready and decided to throw my hair on top of my head and make it work. Like my headband?
Ha! That’s not a headband. It’s a belt from one of my jackets tied around like a scarf with some kind of makeshift bow I created while tying it.
I literally don’t even know how it came together and stayed, but it worked on the first try and is something I will surely attempt again! Next time you’re in need of a cute headband, get creative with your fabric belts. Who knew?
• Nature’s Way Alive multi-vitamin gummies
I first discovered vitamin gummies back in January. They might not be as good as taking a supplement in the form of a capsule is for you, but they are the only type of vitamin I actually end up taking on a daily basis.
On a trip to the grocery store a couple of weeks ago, I picked up these Nature’s Way Alive Muti-Vitamin adult gummies from the organic aisle. They’re gelatin-free and so, so good!
Scott and I both take two every morning and we have already gone through an entire bottle. Time to get more!
• the Friends episode that squeaked by?
This is somewhat embarrassing, but I am going to go against my better judgement and share it anyways.
Most of you all already know that I have been a fan of the show Friends since it premiered in 1994. Seriously. I’ve seen every episode at least twenty times and record the re-runs to have on a rainy day or for when I need something to listen to in the background while I’m cleaning the house or folding laundry. Scott thinks I’m ridiculous.
With that being said, I watched an episode that I didn’t know every line to the other day. The One With Rachel’s Dream, the maple candy, and Phoebe’s “classy” singing outfits? How did I completely miss that one throughout all of these years?!
It sounds silly, but the fact that I had no idea that one episode existed blew my mind. Has this ever happened to you? #theonethatgotaway
• Every Man Jack body wash
In need of a body wash refill this week, I decided to try something new.
I picked up a bottle of Aveeno for me and this bottle of Every Man Jack body wash for Scott. The Sandalwood scent is absolutely dreamy.
He loves it and I really can’t get enough of the smell on ‘em!
• The no-cut lip dub of a fraternity singing “Shake It Off” and this article explaining how they came up with it.
And this marks me mentioning this jam three Friday Favorites in a row.
I can’t help it. Haters gonna hate, ya’ll.
I still can’t believe how synchronized and planned out it all was! Nice work, Delta Sigma Phi – Beta Mu. (<- say that three times fast.)
• favorite HWG posts
And to leave you with a laugh…
• a Friday funny!
Because you know you do it.
Have a wonderful weekend! xo
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