February 24, 2018

'It seems that every few years, a new study arrives that either reinforces or undermines the belief that moderate alcohol consumption can have health benefits. The same goes for coffee—few beverages have had more conflicting reports. Is it good for you? Is it shortening your lifespan? Well, here’s the latest.

A brand new study out of the University of California-Irvine is making the rounds on the web, suggesting that consumption of “moderate amounts” of both alcohol and coffee is indeed linked to longer lifespans. Called “The 90+ Study” and started in 2003, this large-scale effort in data collection focused explicitly on the nonagenarian age group—people 90 years of age and older—to determine what factors were significant in reaching such a lofty goal. And as it turns out, those factors included alcohol and coffee consumption.

The study found that people “who drank moderate amounts of alcohol or coffee lived longer than those who abstained,” and surprisingly, that “people who were overweight in their 70s lived longer than normal or underweight people did.”

“I have no explanation for it, but I do firmly believe that modest drinking improves longevity,” said Dr. Claudia Kawas, a researcher for the study, at the American Association for the Advancement of Science conference in Austin.

Specifically, subjects who drank “two glasses” of standard-strength beer or wine every day (this is apparently the definition of “moderate”) had an 18 percent lower chance of premature death than those who abstained. Those who drank two cups of coffee a day, meanwhile, decreased their chance of premature death by 10 percent.

The same study also found evidence of what has been accepted general knowledge forever—that regular exercise and hobbies are also linked to living a longer life. But at the very least, it suggests that regular alcohol consumption can have a place within a healthy lifestyle.

And isn’t that good news for us all?'

Originally Published on Paste

February 6, 2018

According to Healthline.com here are 7 reasons why coffee isn't just warm and engineering, it may actually be extremely good for you!

1. COFFEE CAN MAKE YOU SMARTER:

With the active ingredient being caffeine, a stimulant who's primary mechanism in the brain is blocking the effects of Adenosine, an inhibitory neurotransmitter. By doing this caffeine actually increases neuronal firing in the brain releasing dopamine & norepinephrine.

2. COFFEE CAN HELP YOU BURN FAT AND IMPROVES PHYSICAL PERFORMANCE:

Ever drink a cup of coffee and get the jitters right after? That's because caffeine is a stimulant that has an effect on the central nervous system by increasing the oxidation of fatty acids and raising your metabolism.

 3. COFFEE MAY DRASTICALLY LOWER YOUR RISK OF TYPE II DIABETES:

Type II diabetes is a lifestyle-related disease that has drastically increased over the years afflicting about 300 million people. Characterized by high blood glucose levels. Coffee can greatly reduce the risk ranging from 23% all the way up to 67%.

4. COFFEE MAY LOWER YOUR RISK OF ALZHEIMER'S & PARKINSON'S:

How awesome is this? Not only can coffee make you smart in the short term, it may also protect your brain in old age! Studies show coffee drinkers have up to 60% lower risk of Alzheimers and dementia. Parkinson's may be lowered by 32-60%

5. COFFEE MAY BE EXTREMELY GOOD FOR YOUR LIVER:

The live is very vulnerable to excess consumption of alcohol and even fructose. Excess consumption can lead to Cirrhosis, the end stage of liver damage. Multiple studies have shown that coffee can lower this risk by as much as 80% and could lower the risk of liver cancer by around 40%.

6. COFFEE MAY DECREASE YOUR RISK OF PREMATURE DEATH:

Coffee has a lot of health benefits even though there are still some who think it's unhealthy. Studies show during a 20 year period, the risk of premature death was lower by 30% among coffee drinkers.

7. COFFEE IS LOADED WITH NUTRIENTS AND ANTIOXIDANTS:

Coffee isn't just black water. The nutrients in the coffee beans get ground down and even make it into our cup! Alone they're not too significant but over time they do quickly add up. Coffee is also the biggest sorce of antioxidants in the western diet, outranking fruits & veggies.

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