Yes, you know the happy jolt and sudden perkiness that comes with a shot (or two, or three) of espresso. You know the contented feeling of curling up with a cup of tea. You didin't need us to tell you that coffee and tea enhance you life, but did you know that actually enhance your living?
Now this you've probably heard: coffee and tea are chock-full of antioxidents, they're anti-inflammatory, and they speed up your heart rate meaning (provided you go easy on the sugar and cream) they can help you lose weight. But there are a few health benefits you may not have heard yet:
-- coffee and tea helps you work out. Yes, more than just upping your heartrate and thus metabolism, coffee and tea can help you shed a few pounds. According to Time Magazine "Tea can boost exercise endurance. Scientists have found that the catechins (antioxidants) in green tea extract increase the body’s ability to burn fat as fuel, which accounts for improved muscle endurance." And coffee? By upping altertness and activity, coffee's stamina also numbs discomfort receptors in the body meaning you can have a harder, longer workout after drinking a cup of joe.
-- Coffee and Tea help prevent cancer. Yep all those little antioxident armies go to serious work in helping to prevent cancer in just about everything tea or coffee touch in your body: mouth, throat, stomach, intestines. However, don't drink your coffee or tea scalding hot, burning these tissue over a prolongued period of time from continuous too-hot beverage consumption actually increases the risk of cancer.
--Memory aids. You wonder why we baristas can remember your order when you've only been in the shop three times? Both tea and coffee have shown to aid in short and long term memory as well as lessening the chance of Alzheimers in later life.
--Mental health peps. Coffee and tea have been linked with a higher release of endorphins and even a lower chance of suicide. And every coffee and tea drinker knows the calm, slow-down-and-savor goodness of a nice cuppa.
Health Impact News provides tips for helping coffee and tea help you:
-Choose organic. Coffee is one of the most heavily sprayed crops of all. Invest in quality, organic beans (or choose a coffeeshop that uses these, such as Sacred Grounds!) to ensure you're getting pure coffee with no chemicals on the side.
-Whole Bean, Whether brewing at home or buying in shop, make sure your coffee is freshly ground (learn about the freshness of Sacred Grounds supplier Chicago Coffee Roastery) A fresh grind ensures taste, the inclusion of antioxidents, and that the grounds are not dried out.
--Carrying Cases. Be conscious of what your coffee and tea are held in. Cheap plastic and styrofoam cups leach chemicals into drinks when heated and especially when reheated. Opt for durable, reusable carrying mugs and wash regulary.
Origins: Great Lakes Tea and Spice Co.
March 23, 2014
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