Have you ever sat at work feeling so pumped and eager to start your day, and said: Nahhh I don’t need coffee today? Me neither!!!
Every morning I go into work, and the day doesn’t start until I’ve had my first cup of coffee. It’s warmth makes me feel calm, and ready to take on any craziness I have to deal with at the office; and its strength makes me feel like I can get everything and anything done efficiently. On average, I need (at least) two cups of coffee to get me through the day: one in the morning and another one right after eating lunch.
How do I take my daily coffee? Let me tell you… I do not drink the coffee served at the office (I can’t do it!). The first time I ever had a sip was the last I ever drank there. I’ve never been a fan of coffee brewed at any office, there’s something about it that just doesn’t taste right. Instead, I get a cup of hot water and mix it with Nescafe instant coffee, cinnamon powder, and some local honey. I know it’s crazy, but it tastes 101 times better than the coffee at work!
Never heard of Nescafe? Ask any Mexican -we all drink it! It’s a brand of coffee made by Nestle which is a Swiss company, and it’s very popular in Mexico! It’s SO easy to prepare and it tastes great. I know there are other good brands of coffee out there, but I grew up drinking Nescafe since I was young, my dad drinks it, my uncles drink it, even my abuela (RIP) used to drink it -apparently it’s generational! I guess it might be part of the Mexican culture (who knows?!).
The fact here is that four years ago I started contemplating the idea of eliminating coffee from my daily life (crazy -I agree!) to live a healthier lifestyle. You hear a lot of people say it’s bad for you, it causes insomnia or anxiety, and it can make your blood pressure skyrocket. So, I decided that before I took a step forward, I would do a little research of my own to make a more educated decision.
Note: I do not suffer from high levels of cholesterol, nor high blood pressure. Although, I do have family members that have suffered from minor heart attacks and have high blood pressure.
After reading articles published by reputable sources such as Harvard Medical School, Newsweek, Time, BBC and a couple others, I noticed they all arrived to the same conclusion: Moderate (2-4 cups a day) coffee consumption has shown the results below in comparison to lower coffee intake:
- Reduces the risk of heart diseases
- Reduces the risk of death from liver cirrhosis
- Reduces the risk of Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease
- Decreases the risk of developing Diabetes Type 2
- Decreases the risk of developing certain types of cancer
Other benefits are attributed to moderate coffee consumption according to Medical News Today.
At the end of my research, I decided I would continue to enjoy my coffee with moderation -as we already know, ALL extremes can be harmful. I personally drink 2-3 cups a day, and get plenty of sleep, do not suffer from anxiety, nor hypertension, nor blood pressure. I believe in the benefits the studies suggest, and will re-evaluate articles in the future to confirm studies continue to see the same or even more benefits from coffee consumption.
Remember we are all different; consumption will vary from person to person. Be aware of your limits and the effects that coffee has on you depending on your intake. By all means, I am not a certified nutritionist; I am only sharing with you my findings and my decision to keep drinking coffee.