Addicted to Joe? Is It Bad For You?

Hi, my name is Adi and I am addicted to java.

My "relationship" with coffee had started only few years ago. Up until that point, I always thought coffee tasted bad. Needless to say, coffee has had a bad reputation as something that's harmful for your health.

So why did I start drinking coffee??

Plain and simple, coffee helps you beat fatigue. As a trainer, my mornings often start at 4:15am. Yes, believe it or not, there are people out there who train at 5am!! ???????? I kick start my day with a cup of coffee to beat fatigue but it doesn't end there. On average, I drink 4 cups a day - from an afternoon energy booster or simply a treat between meals.

For many years, the perception was that coffee is an unhealthy drink. With a family history of heart disease, I decided to do some digging and find out whether coffee is good thing or bad thing for your health.

Recent studies show that coffee has more benefits than harm. It can prevent a variety of illnesses such as Parkinson's, heart disease, cancer, diabetes and even depression, to name a few. Plus, people who drink coffee live longer.

If you exercise, caffeine provides more than just an added energy boost. Consuming coffee before exercise will increase your metabolism, which makes you burn more calories throughout the day. It even comes with performance enhancing benefits as it helps you push further during exercise. With that being said, it's easy to take a fairly healthy drink and turn it into a caloric nightmare. Your best bet is to skip the sugar, cream or any artificial flavors. Drink black coffee, switch to whole milk, soy or nut milk.

So how much coffee is healthy and how much is too much? I'm not a doctor nor a scientist, but I'd say it's all about moderation and depends on the person who's drinking it. For one person, a cup could have him bouncing off the walls, while another person can have a triple espresso at night and fall asleep easily. Simply listen to your body.


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