Intermittent Fasting Nutrition: What To Eat For Maximum Results

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Intermittent fasting nutrition is essential if you’re aiming to lose weight, gain muscle mass and radiate health and vitality.

Intermittent fasting (IM) is a concept that has been around for ages. It is not about what foods you choose eat. But it is all about the timing of when you eat and don’t eat, cycling between periods of feasting and fasting.

Intermittent Fasting Nutrition

Many people will tell you that you can eat whatever you want and still lose weight while intermittent fasting.

And, while this may be true, if you want to be the healthiest version of yourself, then you may want to upgrade your diet and make healthier choices when it comes to nourishing your body with life-giving food.

Here are a few tips to guide your food choices and maximize your results when intermittent fasting:

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Be sure to eat high-protein foods, such as chicken, grass-fed beef, beans, eggs, fish, Greek yogurt and whey protein.
  • Include a serving of protein with each meal or snack. Examples include plain Greek yogurt, cottage cheese, whole eggs, chicken breast, grass-fed beef,  fish, whey protein, a can of tuna or beans.
  • Eat plenty of leafy green and cruciferous vegetables, such as spinach, romaine lettuce, broccoli, cabbage and cauliflower.
  • Include healthy fats, such as grass-fed butter, coconut oil, olive oil, avocados, nuts and nut butters.
  • If you’re in the mood for something sweet, fruit is an excellent choice.
  • A bit of dark chocolate (at least 70-80% cocoa) is full of antioxidants and makes a delicious and indulgent treat.
  • Complex carbohydrates, including sweet potatoes, brown rice, oats and quinoa are okay if you are able to reach your weight loss goals. Just keep in mind that if your weight loss is stalling you might try eating smaller portions (or eliminate these foods until you reach your goal weight) and see if that helps.
  • Drink plenty of water throughout the day. Coffee and green tea are healthy beverages you can include in your periods of fasting.
  • Avoid simple sugars and simple carbohydrates found in white bread and baked goods.
  • Avoid packaged and processed foods.

The Takeaway

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Berries are chock full of antioxidants and are an excellent choice when you’re craving something sweet.

To sum up, intermittent fasting is a timing concept, cycling between periods of feasting and fasting.

It is essential to nourish your body with healthy foods such as protein-rich foods, healthy fats, and antioxidant-rich fruits and vegetables. Complex carbohydrates are tolerated fine by some people, but this may be something to pay attention to if you have difficulty meeting your weight loss goals.

Finally, avoid sugary, simple carbohydrates and prepackaged foods. And always drink plenty of water.

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Health Benefits Of Diatomaceous Earth

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I recently purchased a big bag of organic, food grade diatomaceous earth (DE) online.

To the human eye it looks like a fine powder, much like baking flour. But under a microscope, it resembles Chex cereal.

It looks and sounds kinda strange I’ll admit.

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diatomaceous earth, magnified (photo courtesy www.earthworkshealth.com)

But let’s dig a little deeper to learn why so many people are raving about diatomaceous earth and find out what it can do for you.

What Is Diatomaceous Earth?

Diatomaceous earth is made up of the fossilized remains of diatoms, an ancient type of algae. Over time, these microscopic shells accumulated in freshwater lakes and formed large silica deposits.

The deposits are ground into a fine, chalk-like powder which becomes the diatomaceous earth.

Under a microscope you can see DE has sharp, course edges. And this makes it effective for a variety of uses.

Different Grades Of Diatomaceous Earth

  1. Food Grade–As the name implies, organic food grade DE is safe for humans and animals to eat. Due to its high silica and trace mineral content, it is often taken as a supplement, as well as a variety of other uses.
  2. Pool Grade–This purpose of this type of DE is only to be used as a filter aid for swimming pools. It can be toxic if inhaled and even cause cancer so caution must be used when handling.
  3. Pest Control Grade–Pest control grade DE is used specifically to get rid of, you guessed it, pests! DE is a great natural insecticide. It’s especially effective for getting rid of fleas, ants, and bed bugs.

Benefits Of Diatomaceous Earth

1. Healthy Skin And Nails

The silica in DE strengthens nails. (1)

Also, DE is a great facial exfoliator, ridding the skin’s surface of dead skin cells.

2. Healthy Teeth

Because DE is naturally abrasive, it’s used in many toothpastes and is effective at polishing teeth. Furthermore, it draws stains out of teeth, making them whiter. Plus, the silica in DE strengthens the enamel of our teeth. (2)

3. Gets Rid Of Parasites And Detox

One study in The Oxford Journal Of Poultry Science found DE to be an effective parasite cleanse. (3)

Estimates of the percentage of Americans infected by parasites vary, some as high as 80%.

But, the bottom line is that you don’t have to visit a foreign country or drink “bad” water to get parasites.

Many people report DE helping them get rid of parasites.

It’s also great at binding to bacteria, viruses and heavy metals which gives the body a good detoxification.

And it makes sense because supplementing with DE daily gives your digestive tract a good scrub.

4. Improved Bone and Joint Health

Supplementing your diet with silicon has been proven to increase bone mineral density and proper joint formation. (4)

So, this makes DE perfect for anyone wanting to prevent osteoporosis and grow strong bones, joints and healthy ligaments.

5. Kills Insects Without Harmful Chemicals

DE is an excellent natural choice for eliminating bed bugs, fleas, dust mites and cockroaches. According to pctonline.com:

Both silica gel and diatomaceous earth kill insects by removing a portion of the razor-thin, waxy outer coating that helps them conserve moisture. As a result, they desiccate and die from dehydration.

Popular Uses For Diatomaceous Earth

  • toothpastes

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    Diatomaceous earth is used in many products, including toothpaste.
  • water filters
  • products to kill fleas on pets
  • facial scrub
  • treatments to kill bedbugs
  • nutritional supplements
  • rodent-killing products
  • cleaning products
  • deodorant
  • stain remover
  • fridge deodorizer

How To Take Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth

Most people start by taking 1 teaspoon one time per day for several days in a liquid or food.

After your body adjusts you may want to gradually increase this amount up to 1 tablespoon.

It’s important to mention that the DE will not completely dissolve, so you’ll have to keep stirring it until you drink the entire glass of liquid down. Or you can incorporate it into a smoothie.

Just make sure to drink plenty of water.

I’ve found that it doesn’t have much flavor at all. And I can get it down easily in some Spicy V-8, lemon water or one of my protein smoothies.

Please note that DE is not recommended for people who have Crohn’s or Ulcerative Colitis. (6)

Also, be careful not to inhale the powder into your lungs when measuring your dose.

The Takeaway

As you can see, DE is used for many purposes, such as cleaning, deodorizing and killing unwanted bugs.

Consequently, taken internally, food grade diatomaceous earth has some amazing health benefits including healthier teeth and gums, skin and hair, getting rid of parasites and improved joint and bone health.

Have you tried DE? What’s your favorite use for diatomaceous earth? 

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13 Curcumin And Turmeric Benefits: An Impressive Healing Spice

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Turmeric is a spice belonging to the ginger family. It is commonly used in Asian food, such as curry. The vibrant yellow-orange color and zesty flavor make a delicious and healthful addition to a variety of dishes.

Curcumin is a yellow chemical produced by the turmeric plant. It is loaded with antioxidants!

Many studies show that turmeric is more effective than many prescription drugs. And, because turmeric is all-natural, it comes without the bothersome side effects of prescriptions.

Turmeric is one of the most impressive nutritional dietary supplements available. So read on to learn what makes this spice so unique.

13 Curcumin And Turmeric Benefits

1. A Powerful Anti-Inflammatory

When our body experiences long-term inflammation it can lead to a host of diseases. In fact, it’s now believed that most Western chronic diseases involve ongoing inflammation. This includes cancer, metabolic disorders, Alzheimer’s, heart disease and many other diseases.

Amazingly, the curcumin in turmeric is a powerful anti-inflammatory, as strong as effective as some pharmaceuticals without the side effects (1).

2. Can Help Prevent And Treat Cancer

Cancer is a horrible disease caused by out-of-control growth of abnormal cells.

Encouraging research studies show that curcumin may help prevent and treat different types of cancer. (2)

3. A Natural Painkiller

Results of a study in the European Journal of Pharmacology show that curcumin turns on the opioid systems in lab animals. This our body’s natural pain-killing response.

The U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research recommends that burn victims be treated with all-natural curcumin instead of addictive opioids. This trend away from prescription opioids is a very good one if you ask me.

4. May Reverse Depression Symptoms

In one study, curcumin was shown to be as effective as prozac in treating patients with depression. (4) And, once again, without the side effects.

Evidence also suggests curcumin increases the brain’s serotonin and dopamine levels. (5, 6).

5. A Natural Treatment For Arthritis

Arthritis is a common condition that causes pain, inflammation and stiffness in the joints.

In a study published in Phytotherapy Research in 2012, patients with rheumatoid arthritis were given curcumin. It was found to be more effective than an anti-inflammatory drug for treating their arthritis symptoms. (7)

6. May Prevent Alzheimer’s Disease

Alzheimer’s is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that destroys the memory. One feature of Alzheimer’s is the buildup of Amyloid plaques. Research shows curcumin can help wipe out these plaques. (8)

7. Lowers Heart Disease Risk

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Curcumin my lower the risk of heart disease.

Heart disease kills more people worldwide than any other disease.

There are many things that contribute to it, but curcumin may help reverse some of these processes. (9)

The endothelium is the lining of the blood vessels. It is essential in maintaining proper blood pressure and blood clotting. Studies show that curcumin can improve endothelial function, which is essential in preventing heart disease. (10)

8. A Powerful Antioxidant

Antioxidants protect our bodies from damage caused by free radicals. Curcumin is a potent antioxidant that can counteract free radicals. (11)

Curcumin can also activate the body’s antioxidant-producing enzymes. (12)

9. Lower Blood Sugar And Reverse Diabetes

Biochemistry and Biophysical Research Communications published a study in 2009 out of Auburn University that found turmeric can help reverse Type 2 Diabetes.

Furthermore, the study noted that curcumin is 200 times more potent than Metformin (a leading diabetes medication) when it comes to initiating AMPK, which improves insulin sensitivity. (13)

10. Can Help Heal The Gut

Over time, taking prescription drugs can damage the stomach floral and intestinal lining causing a host of gastrointestinal issues.

A review of all the studies assessing curcumin’s ability to manage inflammatory bowel disease found many patients improved so dramatically by taking curcumin that they were able to stop taking prescription steroids they’d been taking prior. (14)

11. Regulates Cholesterol

A 2008 study published in the journal Drugs in R & D found that curcumin was as effective or more effective at treating symptoms of high cholesterol than Lipitor. (15)

12. Reduces Risk Of Childhood Leukemia

Children under 5 are more susceptible to leukemia. However, in Asian countries there is a lower incidence of leukemia, likely related to diet. For example, curry is a popular dish there and curry contains turmeric.

Research shows that consuming turmeric may reduce childhood leukemia (12).

13. May Increase Longevity

Because turmeric is rich in antioxidants and helps prevent and reverse many serious diseases, it may add years to your life (or life to your years).

Either way you look at it, turmeric and curcumin are great choices if you’re searching for an anti-aging supplement. So read on for info about how to get the most benefits from this amazing spice.

How To Use Turmeric

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Curcumin is used to flavor many dishes, including this vegetable curry.
  1. Add it to your food. Popular in curry dishes, it’s also a great way to spice up soups, eggs, meat and veggie dishes.
  2. Take it as a supplement. I recommend taking one with black pepper, which contains piperine. The piperine greatly enhances the absorption of the turmeric, like as much as 2000%. Here’s an example of a turmeric curcumin supplement with piperine.
  3. Drink turmeric tea. Here’s a simple recipe, courtesy of realsimple.com:

 Replace the water with coconut or almond milk if you prefer, and modify according to taste, adding spices such as cinnamon, ginger or cayenne and natural sweeteners.

  • 1-2 cups of boiling water
  • Add 1-2 teaspoon of ground or freshly-grated turmeric (preferably USDA certified organic to avoid contaminants and pesticides) to the boiling water. If too strong, use less turmeric. Simmer for about 10 minutes along with any additional spices. If using freshly-grated turmeric, simmer for a few minutes longer.
  • Strain the tea into a cup and add lemon, milk or honey to taste.

The Takeaway

In closing, turmeric has some awesome health benefits such as reversing diabetes and depression, preventing Alzheimer’s, cancer, childhood Leukemia, and managing cholesterol and pain just to name a few. It’s also easy to take as a supplement or use to flavor your food or beverages.

I hope you enjoyed reading about curcumin and turmeric benefits because it really is an amazing spice!

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Delicious Detox Vegetable Soup: The Ultimate Comfort Food!

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Are you sick of eating salads for lunch in an effort to be healthier this year?

Do you long for comfort food that not only nourishes your body, but also your soul?

Then you might want to try this Delicious Detox Vegetable Soup.

There’s not much I enjoy eating more than a bowl of piping hot soup, brimming with colorful veggies in a flavorful broth. Even people who don’t normally crave soup (like I do) reach for this nourishing comfort food, especially when it’s cold outside.

So this detox vegetable soup is perfect to eat anytime. And, best of all, it’s loaded with colorful, antioxidant-rich veggies.

It even has one of my favorite healthful ingredients, apple cider vinegar. But you’ll never even know it’s there. It’ll be our little secret. 😉

You can add beans, shredded chicken or beef if you want a powerful protein boost. Or, just eat some beef jerky or, my personal favorite, a big blob of nut butter. However, even though I’m a meat-lover, I find this soup to be hearty and sustaining all on its own. So you may not find it necessary to add an extra protein source.

Just call it your meatless main dish.

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Max approves of Delicious Detox Vegetable Soup.

Also, feel free to add extra veggies. If you have some leftover vegetables in the fridge, throw them in too. Make it your own!

The more, the merrier!

Also, I like to make this in my Crock Pot. But, you can also make it in a stock pot on the stove top. It turns out great either way.

Please note that the broccoli should be added towards the last 30 minutes of cooking time to prevent over cooking.

Nobody likes soggy broccoli. Unless you do, in which case you can add your broccoli sooner.

As you can see, this isn’t rocket science friends. It’s based on your personal preference.

I tend to like my veggies more crisp tender. But if you prefer mushy, then go for it!

Just keep in mind that the longer the veggies cook, the more the nutrients seep out.

But I figure if we’re comparing eating smushy, mushy veggies to eating no veggies, the mushies are gonna win every time

So, here we go with the recipe. I hope you enjoy it!

Delicious Detox Vegetable Soup: Lori Geurin

Delicious Detox Vegetable Soup: Lori Geurin

Ingredients

  • 1 large yellow onion, diced
  • 3 to 4 cups red or green cabbage, sliced thin
  • 2 celery stalks, sliced
  • 2 carrots, peeled and sliced
  • 1 cup green beans, fresh or frozen
  • 3 to 4 garlic cloves, peeled and minced
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 green bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 15-ounce can diced tomatoes
  • 8 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon pink Himalayan salt or sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cracked black pepper
  • pinch of cayenne pepper, optional
  • 4 cups broccoli florets, fresh or frozen
  • fresh baby spinach, optional

Instructions

  1. Clean, peel and slice all the vegetables.
  2. Add all ingredients, except the broccoli florets and baby spinach, to the crock pot or large stock pot.
  3. If using a crock pot, cook on low for 5 to 6 hours.
  4. Add the broccoli florets during the last 30 minutes of cooking time and cook until crisp tender or to your liking.
  5. Serve the soup over a generous bed of fresh baby spinach. The spinach will wilt when you pour the soup on top of it.
  6. Feel free to add chicken, beef or beans to the soup for a healthy serving of protein.
  7. Enjoy!
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The Takeaway

This Detox Vegetable Soup is full of fiber, antioxidants and deliciousness! It will fulfill your veggie requirements for the day (if you eat as much as I do), and help flush toxins out of your body.

Do you love soup? What other comfort foods do you like?

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Pink Himalayan Salt Benefits That Boost Your Health

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Pink Himalayan salt is a wonderful alternative to table salt. And, best of all, it’s packed with some pretty amazing health benefits.

I first heard about pink Himalayan salt a few years ago from my doctor. I’d just learned I had Lyme disease after months of severe pain, fatigue and autoimmune issues.

I’d lost a lot of weight. Consequently, my muscles were wasted and my body depleted. So the doctor instructed me to start adding pink Himalayan salt to my food, and I did. I only wish I’d known sooner about this amazing pink salt. It tastes so much better than the white stuff.

So prepare to be impressed by this life-giving pure, pink salt!

What Is Pink Himalayan Salt?

Himalayan salt has been around for ages. We’re talking over 4 billion years….when planet Earth was first formed (1)!

Did you know people have used it over thousands of years as a natural medicine?

In the Himalayas it’s known as ” white gold”.

Other names for it include:

  • rock salt
  • pink sea salt
  • Himalayan sea salt
  • Himalayan crystal salt

Also, it is now widely known as the purest, most nutrient-dense salt you can buy.

Pink Himalayan Salt Nutritional Information

According to The Meadow, this special salt has the following electrolytes, trace minerals and elements. They’re listed in alphabetical order for your viewing pleasure. (Ready, set, go!) (2)

  • actinium
  • aluminum
  • antimony
  • arsenic
  • astatine
  • barium
  • beryllium
  • bismuth
  • boron
  • bromine
  • cadmium
  • calcium
  • carbon
  • cerium
  • cesium
  • chlorine
  • chromium
  • cobalt
  • copper
  • dysprosium
  • erbium
  • europium
  • fluorine
  • francium
  • gadolinium
  • gallium
  • germanium
  • gold
  • hafnium
  • holmium
  • hydrogen
  • indium
  • iodine
  • iridium
  • iron
  • lanthanum
  • lead
  • lithium
  • lutetium
  • magnesium

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    Himalayan salt is rich in trace minerals, electrolytes and elements.
  • manganese
  • mercury
  • molybdenum
  • neodymium
  • neptunium
  • nickel
  • niobium
  • nitrogen
  • osmium
  • oxygen
  • palladium
  • phosphorus
  • platinum
  • plutonium
  • polonium
  • potassium
  • praseodymium
  • protactinium
  • radium
  • rhenium
  • rhodium
  • rubidium
  • ruthenium
  • samarium
  • scandium
  • selenium
  • silicon
  • silver
  • sodium
  • strontium
  • sulfur
  • tantalum
  • tellurium
  • terbium
  • thallium
  • thorium
  • thulium
  • tin
  • titanium
  • uranium
  • vanadium
  • wolfram
  • yttrium
  • ytterbium,
  • zinc
  • zirconium

Did you make it to the end of the list? Wowzers – Nice work, friend! 🙂

As you can see, pink Himalayan salt is “mineral dense”. And this makes it incredibly beneficial to your health.

Where Does Himalayan Pink Salt Come From?

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The Himalayas

The salt is mined in the Khewra Salt Mines in Pakistan. These mines are located in the foothills of the Himalayan Mountain Range. Also, it’s the second largest salt mine in the world.

The salt from these mines range in color from transparent to shades of white, pink and red.

The mine incorporates 25 miles of tunnels on 11 levels dug into the mountains.

Pink Himalayan Salt Versus Table Salt

Pink Himalayan salt is a healthier choice compared to table salt.

First of all, Himalayan salt is incredibly pure and mined by hand.

In comparison, commercialized table salt is highly processed and stripped of its minerals. Most table salt also has anti-clumping agents added. These are bad for your health.

Even worse, many table salts go through a bleaching process and have other toxic additives which are known to be harmful to humans.

Even many sea salts, which were once viewed pure and healthy, contain an increasing amount of toxins due to the pollution in our oceans.

The ‘Salt Wars’

Salt has been blamed for many modern-day ills, such as heart disease, stroke and high blood pressure. However, despite what you may have been told, salt is vital to our health.

In fact, there are real risks to severely limiting your salt intake. These include insulin resistance, death from heart disease, increased LDL and triglycerides, and increased risk of death from diabetes. (8)

Please note that it is essential to get enough potassium in your diet to balance out your sodium intake. This is especially true for those who eat lots of processed foods and very little vegetables.

The Amazing Health Benefits Of Pink Himalayan Salt

1. Improves Respiratory Problems

Halotherapy is a natural treatment for those with respiratory issues. It loosens mucus and has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial effects. It’s especially effective for people who have bronchitis (3).

2. Improves Sleep

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Eating pink Himalayan salt may improve sleep quality.

Research shows that low-sodium diets cause disrupted sleep (4). I’m not saying to go crazy with the salt, but a high-sodium diet is related to longer sleep patterns with fewer wakings.

3. Detoxification

Taking a detox bath with pink Himalayan salt is invigorating. It also stimulates your circulation. First, dissolve 1 pound of salt in a hot bath. Next, soak in the tub for 20 minutes. You can also add essential oils if you like.

Most of all, be sure to drink plenty of water to move the toxins out of your body.

4. Balances pH

Having a well-balanced pH is essential for good health. When your acid-to-alkaline ratio is in proper balance it boosts your immune system. Because Himalayan salt has over 84 trace minerals and elements, it helps keep your pH in balance.

 5. Improves Digestion

You can make your own “sole”, which is a drinkable solution of Himalayan salt and purified water. Also, according to Dr. Sircus:

Daily use of sole is believed to stimulate the peristalsis of the digestive organs, balance the stomach acid, support the production of digestive fluids in the liver and pancreas, regulate the metabolism and harmonize the acid-alkaline balance (5).

Here are directions on how to prepare sole.

6. Air Purifier

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Pink Himalayan salt lamps draw impurities out of the air.

Pink Himalayan salt lamps are all the rage. They can make the air you breathe cleaner. In addition, the dust and allergens in the air are drawn into the salt lamp (6). You can buy them on Amazon. Brilliant!

In addition, other health benefits of using pink Himalayan salt include: (7)

  • Increased bone strength
  • Reduced leg cramps (like a Charley horse)
  • Lowering the incidence of sinus problems
  • Promotes vascular system health
  • Promotes healthy blood sugar
  • Encourages a healthy libido
  • Circulatory support
  • Reduces common signs of aging
  • Regulates water levels in the body for maximal functioning
  • Promotes cellular energy creation
  • Encourages increased absorption of food in the intestinal tract
  • Promotes gall bladder and kidney health in comparison to chemically-treated table salt

The Takeaway

Using pink Himalayan salt instead of table salt is a healthy choice. When used in moderation, it can greatly enhance the flavor of your food and boost your health. For example, it can improve digestion, purify your air, balance pH, improve your sleep and detoxify your body.

I’m really glad I made the switch to Himalayan salt and think you might too.

Have you ever tried it? What did you think? Please leave your questions and comments in the comment section below, and get the conversation started.

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5 Good Reasons To Drink Coffee Every Day For Better Health


By contributing author– Rudy Caretti (biography below)

“So, you love coffee? You are not the only one. Fortunately, an everyday dose of coffee in the right quantity is attributed to various health benefits.

5 Reasons To Drink Coffee Every Day

1. Coffee helps you perform better during workouts.

You may already know, but most supplements taken by athletes contain coffee extracts such as caffeine. There is a scientific reason behind this. Caffeine has several effects on the human system that causes one to do better during physical activity. When taken 30 minutes before any physical activity, black coffee promotes the release of endorphins. These hormones are responsible for our happy moods and adrenaline. These two hormones cause the body to respond positively to any training, leading to better results.

Besides, caffeine alters the way the nervous system responds to pain. This causes the body to endure more strenuous reasons to drink coffeesituations. In this case, your muscles will tolerate longer sessions of intensive endurance- and strength-building exercises.

In a nutshell, caffeine can propel one to train harder, thus improving their results. No wonder scientific research has found coffee can improve athletic performance by about 11-12%.

2. It is loaded with minerals and antioxidants.

The red berry is one food substance packed with many essential nutrients. If you prepare your cup rightly, you are sure to ingest these into your body.

Also, some of the nutrients obtained by drinking coffee include:

  • potassium
  • magnesium
  • niacin
  • riboflavin
  • pantothenic acid

Coffee also contains more antioxidants than a single serving of fruits and vegetables combined.

3. Coffee can keep diseases at bay.

Research shows coffee can help keep dangerous diseases away. Some of these diseases have claimed the lives of many people. Others do not have any known cure. Luckily, one can lower their chances of contracting such ailments by drinking coffee. Some of the said ailments are listed below.

  • Parkinson’s disease: According to Mayo Clinic, “Parkinson’s disease is a progressive disorder of the nervous system that affects movement. It develops gradually.” A 2002 report published in the Annals of Neurology showed those who drank java daily lowered their chances of suffering from Parkinson’s by 32% and 60%. This finding was unique to those who enjoyed caffeinated coffee only.
  • Diabetes II: A study by Harvard School of Public Health researchers looked at information collected over 4 years on people with diabetes II and some without. The study was divided into 3 sections. The researchers were interested in finding the relationship between type 2 diabetes and the kind of diet the study subjects were eating. The results showed that among the 7,269 subjects, the people who took at least one cup of coffee each day for those 4 years decreased their chances of developing diabetes II by 11%.
  • Cardiovascular diseases: Contrary to the popular belief that caffeine in coffee can lead to high blood pressure and consequently endanger your heart, research has shown the effect is dismal. Regular intake will not only cause the blood pressure risk to disappear, but also lower your chance of developing heart disease by 20%. This finding was upheld by a Korean study published in 2014. The study found that taking coffee in moderate amounts reduces one’s disposition to coronary artery calcium (CAC). CAC is a key indicator of possible cardiovascular disease.

With the burden of such ailments off your shoulders, you are likely to lead a long, healthy and happier life. No wonder, another benefit you could be enjoying by simply sipping your cup of Joe is the possibility to live longer.

4. It makes your skin and hair blossom.

As mentioned earlier, coffee is packed with many antioxidants and minerals which could help keep your skin healthier and glowing. When the body is getting rid of various toxins successfully, one part that is likely to blemish is your skin. Also, the vitamins and minerals cause your hair to grow faster. Also, did you know you can treat your hair with a cool brew of a strong pot of coffee to make it shiny, stronger and healthier?

reasons to drink coffee5. Coffee improves your mental health.

Good mental health is a result of a combination of several factors. However, the most important one is happiness. Most benefits of coffee discussed above work together to make you a happier person. In this regard, you are likely to enjoy better mental health. There are other ways, however, coffee could be good for your mental well-being.

Based on a 2011 Harvard study, people who enjoyed at least 4 cups of coffee daily lowered the risk of falling into depression by 20%. Depression is one of the many mental disorders that can deprive one the joy of leading a fulfilling life.

The Takeaway

In conclusion, coffee is a delicious beverage many of us enjoy each and every day. There are many reasons to drink coffee including health benefits for our skin, hair, mental health and disease prevention.

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Author, Rudy Caretti, has more than 15 years of experience in the coffee industry, a passion that started in Italy within the family business and brought him to found Gimoka Coffee UK and G Coffee Pod with a group of friends, who share the same passion.

Since he roasted his first batch of coffee seeds as a teenager, he was fascinated by the many ways it can be processed to get the many distinctive flavors we all love.

As a coffee connoisseur, Rudy has always been aware of the vital role coffee plays in people’s social life. And he is especially active through the company’s social media and blog. He loves sharing his knowledge with readers around the world, writing and posting articles that range from the coffee brewing techniques to raising awareness of the importance of responsible production to help protect the rights of farmers and protect the environment.

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