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Coffee- A cup of confusion

Coffee- A cup of confusion


Many people do drink a cup of coffee occasionally, but before drinking it, they preface it by saying that they are not a coffee addict , but enjoy a cup once a way. So Is coffee a friend or a foe?.

The concern about the possible health risks of drinking coffee, being one side of the coin and the modern theory and reports of Coffee’s protective effects being the other. This  leaves many coffee drinkers thinking and confused. And so, what is wrong in calling coffee a cup of confusion.?

Here are some of the benefits of drinking coffee:-

  1. Laboratory studies suggest that the anti inflammatory and antioxidant compounds in coffee could help reduce the risk of some types of cancers.
  2. Coffee has a tendency to speed the passage of waste through the digestive tract. Potentially therefore, this property of coffee can lessen the time that cancer causing compounds spend in contact with the intestinal tract, which could thereby reduce the risk of colon cancer.
  3. Coffee has large amount of antioxidants such as chlorogenic acid and tocopherols,and minerals such as magnesium. These compounds are said to improve insulin sensitivity and glucose metabolism . So coffee can reduce the risk of diabetes.
  4. The Iowa woman’s Health study noted that 4 to 5 cups of coffee a day were linked with a 19% lower risk of heart-related death.But doctor’s advice is to be taken and followed.
  5. Coffee is said to lower the risk of Parkinson’s disease. It is said that new age Parkinson’s drugs are now being developed containing a derivative of caffeine.
  6. Coffee lifts the mood of one and cures headache,
  7. Caffeine enhances athletic endurance and performance.
  8. Coffee makes a person more alert,and boosts concentration.

Although the above points tell that coffee offers a variety of health benefits, let us not put all the above aspects on a high pedestal because:

  1. Medical conditions requiring the patient to limit or stop drinking coffee entirely.
  2. Coffee relaxes the muscle thus keeps stomach acids from raising into the throat, so those with heart burn or reflus disease(GERD) are encouraged to avoid or strictly limit coffee.
  3. people with sleeping trouble should limit or avoid caffeinated coffee.
  4. Excess dose of coffee can some times, more than what an individual can tolerate- can increase nervousness, hand trembling and cause rapid heart beat.
  5. Coffee can also raise cholesterol levels in some people and may contribute to artery clogging.
  6. On all the points above ,consult your family doctor. Ask his personalized advice for coffee drinking in case you are suffering from a health condition.

BEWARE that caffeine is addictive, be wise and limit yourself to 2 to 3 cups a day If you fancy a change from home, you can always  treat yourself to a long list of of delicious varieties at a good restaurant.

How to get rid of GOUT

How to get rid of GOUT

goutCoffee still plays a big role even today when four people meet, this drink has much more to offer than many people think. The latest revelation is that Coffee may cut risk of GOUT. And if men ever needed a reason to justify an extra cup of coffee, here it is:- four or more cups a day appear to reduce the risk of Gout, Canadian researchers said recently.

Gout is a painful joint disorder caused by a build up of Uric acid in the blood. In the past, patients suffering from Gout were asked to avoid Coffee.

A study based on a survey of 50000 men aged 40 to 75 with no history of gout was undertaken. Men were asked to drink coffee. There were men who drank decaffeinated coffee also. They also were benefitted , the researchers said, but tea appeared to have no effect. The researchers found significantly low levels of Uric acid in the blood of those who consumed large quantitities of coffee. Uric acid is the compound that caused gout.

The findings appeared to suggest that something in the coffee other than caffeine — such as a strong antioxident– may be helping to reduce the uric acid levels.

So, if you are drinking coffee already and have gout or are at a higher risk of developing gout, there is no need to reduce or stop coffee consumption.

Source: Reuters News.

When to drink up H2O…

When to drink up H2O…


Waking up to wrong fluids can affect the rate of hydration in the body. Anyways, you are dehydrated at night with your body going though a lot of repairs and not only is your body not  getting any food, but also water. So drinking coffee, tea can further dehydrate you.

300ml-500ml of water in the morning is great to ward off dehydration. If you find it queasy to drink plain water, you can add lemon to it. This will give you your quota of Vitamin C too.

Drinking water half hour before your main meals is great as it helps to absorb all the water-soluble vitamins such as all B group vitamins, Vitamin C which will be absorbed better from the food.

Add another 500 ml of water if you are exercising.

Last but not the least, Keep sipping water through out the day. This will keep you hydrated and refreshed.