Want to Be Healthier? Drink Coffee.

There are a lot of myths that surround coffee. One that dies hard is that if a child drinks coffee, it will stunt his or her growth. Despite overwhelming evidence that coffee, or even caffeine for that matter, does not affect bone growth, people still perpetuate this myth. Now that is not to say that coffee is good for children; it is to say that it isn’t as bad as people want to believe. Recent studies actually are showing that moderate coffee consumption (that is 3 to 5 cups per day) is actually good for the body.

How is Coffee Good for You?

Coffee is loaded with antioxidants. These important nutritional components help to reduce the number of free radicals in the body (free radicals are essentially cancer causing agents). Fewer free radicals means fewer diseases and illnesses that can exact a toll on the body.

But there are more ways that this delicious (my opinion of course) drink is good for you. Caffeine is a diuretic. This means it speeds up your urinary processes. One of the best ways to make sure that you don’t end up with bladder cancer or (for men anyway) prostate cancer is to keep liquids flowing through your system. Coffee makes you pee, and helps keep everything clean and flushed.

What’s the Catch?

The catch is two-fold. First, the benefits relate to coffee. They don’t relate to all of the extra stuff that you put into your coffee. So if you’re loading up with cream and sugar, you may hit a tipping point and the drink will actually be bad for you. And if you’re drinking caramel mocha latte’s with extra whipped cream on top, you can forget about any health benefits. You are taking in so many calories, so much fat, and so much sugar that your body is struggling to get back on track after drinking one of those things.

The second catch is that you have to have a healthy lifestyle to begin with. If you eat nothing but processed deep fried food, and you exercise less than 3 minutes per day, then drinking coffee is not going to help you much. However, if you have a great diet already, and you get the recommended 150 minutes of exercise per week, then you can benefit from drinking a few cups of coffee per day.

Skip the dangerous drugs, and choose a healthy drink to make your body healthier.