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Coffee Isn't Just for Waking Up

By Amy Silva

There is no doubt coffee is a top choice as a morning beverage to get the day started. Many who need to stay alert depend on coffee throughout the morning while others drink it the entire day. Then there are those who enjoy the warmth and flavor but are sensitive to caffeine, so their option is decaffeinated coffee. No matter how you enjoy your coffee, here are some things you may not have known.

What Exactly Is Coffee?

Coffee beans come from a fruit that are referred to as coffee cherries. The bean is the seed inside the fruit. There are many species of bushes and trees in the Coffea plant family that grow these fruits, but the two used to make the coffee people have come to know and love are Coffea Arabica and Coffea canephora (Robusta). Even within these two, there are different varieties. The difference in type is why you'll see such a variance in price when shopping for coffee, which shows all coffee is not created equal. Other things that set types apart are that Arabica varieties cost more to make because they are more difficult to grow, and Robusta contains more caffeine.

Drinking Coffee May Be Good For Your Health

In studies involving nearly 200,000 people, coffee drinkers who drank at least four cups per day were found to have a reduced risk of diabetes (type 2) than non-coffee drinkers. The reason for this may be due to minerals that aid in controlling blood sugar, combined with the antioxidants found in coffee. Drinking coffee may also lower a person's risk in developing Alzheimer's and Parkinson's. Studies even show the chance of a reduced risk in liver cancer.

Don't Waste the Grounds

Aside from consuming coffee, there are other ways caffeine or coffee grounds can be used such as:

  • Skincare - Caffeine has been shown to help reduce dark circles under the eyes as well as prevent signs of aging. In addition, coffee grounds applied to areas that have cellulite can possibly help reduce the look of cellulite and exfoliate lips when turned into a scrub with other kitchen ingredients.
  • Around the house - Try using coffee grounds to scrub dishes. Be sure not to use grounds on porous surfaces, as staining may occur. Have a smelly area in the house? Leftover grounds can help get rid of stinky odors.

It's possible that coffee and coffee grounds can provide benefits for skin, home, and health, but if you don't already drink or use it, incorporate it slowly. It's a good idea to find out how caffeine affects you before drinking it in excess or applying it topically.

To learn more about your health, wellness and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Goodyear, Ariz.

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