SOS: Day 72
Drink a cup of that magic brew.
An article on WebMD begins:
“Want a drug that could lower your risk of diabetes, Parkinson’s disease, and colon cancer? That could lift your mood and treat headaches? That could lower your risk of cavities? If it sounds too good to be true, think again. Coffee, the much maligned but undoubtedly beloved beverage, just made headlines for possibly cutting the risk of the latest disease epidemic, type 2 diabetes. And the real news seems to be that the more you drink, the better.”
I used to feel chagrined about my devotion to the brown bean. It’s not that I drink so much coffee; it’s that the level of my passion felt out of sync with the (previous decades’) wisdom that java wasn’t so great for your health.
I have a commercial espresso machine and grinder. I purchase twenty pound burlap bags of green beans and then, using my home roaster which sits imperiously on my front porch, I roast beans.
These days, of course, coffee’s a health drink.
In a recent study, Harvard researchers tracked 125 thousand people for twenty years and found that
coffee cuts the risk of diabetes. Six cups or more a day slashes men’s risk by 54% and women’s by 30%.
Almost 20,000 studies on coffee have been done in the last few decades and the news is pretty much all good. What a relief!
Coffee imbibers are:
80% less likely to develop Parkinsons disease. Two cups a day lowers the risk of colon cancer by 25%, halves the risk of gallstones, and leads to an 80% drop in cirrhosis of the liver.
Coffee can also enhance athletic performance so much that it’s considered a controlled substance by the Olympic Committee.
Researchers don’t yet know the exact mechanisms of coffee as miracle drug. Caffeine is a factor, of course, as well as antioxidants which become more potent after beans are roasted.
Habithackers, we’re not drinking enough of the stuff. Let’s take coffee breaks this morning, this afternoon…all through the day. Maybe not. We need sleep, too.
SOS Month 3
What to do so far:
In case you missed a day, the reminders below are clickable.
Get in shape for the best years ahead.
Eat chia…don’t pet it.
Exercise keeps you sharp.
Counteract urban or rural lifestyle risks.
Control what life expectancy factors you can.
Find a mate. Or live as if you’ve got one.
Activate your endorphins.
Wanna live? Exercise!
Drink your HOH ASAP.
Drink coffee…lots of it.