Guest Post: 4 Health Tips for Coffee Drinkers
If you love to drink coffee, you are probably aware of the ongoing debate over its health benefits and disadvantages. Pursuing good health can give you more energy, a longer life, a higher quality of life and even lower your insurance rates. But you need not give up your morning java to do so. Here are four tips that will help keep your coffee drinking habits on the healthy side.
1. Cut the Calories Out of Coffee
If you typically drink your coffee heavy on the cream and sugar, try switching over to black coffee. A large premium latte made with whole milk and sugar can easily top 400 calories. But plain black coffee has zero calories. You could also cut coffee out completely, but then again we wouldn’t want you not being aware while driving to work and get in a car accident that would raise your car insurance rates!
If black coffee is impossible for you, try reducing the calorie content. Use less sugar and switch from cream or whole milk to low fat or skim milk. This will reduce the calorie count significantly.
When switching to low fat milk, a reduction in calories isn’t the only benefit. Reducing the amount of fat you consume can also help keep high cholesterol away.
2. Check You Pulse after Drinking Coffee
People sometimes wonder if they are drinking too much coffee. If you are concerned that you may be consuming too much caffeine or if you feel like your heart is pounding or your pulse is racing, get your doctor’s input before drinking more.
A racing pulse or a pounding heart may indicate that you need to slow down consumption, but may also be signs of other health issues, like extreme anxiety. Only your doctor can tell for sure, so it is important to have these symptoms evaluated.
3. Prescription Medication and Coffee
If you enjoy coffee and are on prescription medication, it is important to make sure that the medications you are on will not interact negatively with coffee.
Coffee is contraindicated with some medications, including some cold preparations, heart medications and some ADHD medications. Talk with your doctor or pharmacist to make sure you can still enjoy your coffee safely while taking these medications.
4. Coffee and Sleep
Many people use the stimulation of coffee and caffeine as a replacement for a good night’s sleep.
This can become a vicious circle. Being tired, they drink more coffee. The coffee then keeps them from getting restful night-time sleep.
If you are an avid coffee fan and are having trouble sleeping at night, try limiting consumption of all caffeine to the first four hours of your day. This should help reduce the amount of stimulant in the bloodstream significantly by bedtime, making it easier to get quality sleep.
People drink coffee because they genuinely enjoy it. For most moderate coffee drinkers there is no real health risk associated with enjoying java.
Want more good news? Emerging research indicates that coffee contains a substantial quantity of antioxidants which may be beneficial to your health in moderation.
This is a Guest Post on the Espresso Deco blog.