5 ways to make your coffee healthy

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Coffee drinking is by far the world’s largest addiction. In the United States alone there are 150 million coffee drinkers. Coffee shops are big business with sales exceeding 12 billion dollars annually.

And it’s for good reason. Besides tasting good, coffee provides a host of benefits for the body. Chock full of antioxidants known as phenols, these super nutrients help reduce cell damage and oxidative stress within the body. Oxidative stress is a precursor to inflammation which has been shown to be at the root cause of many illness’s including heart disease and accelerated aging.

It sounds strange but many people get the majority of their daily antioxidants from coffee and not from the foods that they eat.

But don’t order another double-double just yet- all is not well with your typical cup of joe. The addition of creams, additives, sugar and sugar substitutes can turn your daily addiction into a toxic brew. Here are some simple steps to make sure your coffee stays as healthy as the bean it came from.

How to improve coffee benefits

Step One:

Choose organic. Coffee bean crops are frequently treated with a variety of pesticides and herbicides. These known carcinogens can also have a negative impact on your body’s endocrine system. Stick to organically grown coffee and drink it black whenever possible.

Step Two:

Not everyone likes black coffee and you may want to sweeten things up. However, you
should avoid adding sugar or artificial sweeteners to your brew. Instead, use a pinch of stevia and be sure to avoid those sugar laden coffee-candy drinks like lattes, frappuccinos, etc.

Step Three:

Forget the artificial creamers and use real cream instead. Better still try using coconut milk or cream (which is loaded with healthy MCT’s and tastes fantastic). You could also try almond milk.

Step Four:

For a change try adding a dash of cinnamon or cocoa powder (for a mocha coffee with even more antioxidant power).

Step Five:

Drink your coffee before your workout- not after. Coffee can raise your cortisol levels and this is not something you want during the post workout period. Have your java pre-workout instead.

Personally I don’t drink too much coffee (due to sensitivity to caffeine). Instead I sip on various teas and the occasional healthy hot chocolate. Give these suggestions a try the next time you reach for your daily fix.

 

This post was written by

Bruce – who has written posts on Cutting edge muscle building and fat loss secrets.
bruce krahn is a best-selling author, writer, researcher, personal trainer and professional speaker. he has coached people for two decades both in person and online. he created this site to be an honest source of useful, practical information you can use to improve your health, build muscle, lose fat and get the lean body look.

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bruce krahn is a best-selling author, writer, researcher, personal trainer and professional speaker. he has coached people for two decades both in person and online. he created this site to be an honest source of useful, practical information you can use to improve your health, build muscle, lose fat and get the lean body look.

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