9 “Grounds” On Which To Defend Your Morning Coffee


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Your morning coffee may hold more than just an energy boost.

A friend of mine who had quit smoking confessed to me that he was having a difficult time of it - he couldn’t focus, he was plagued with headaches that got worse as the day wore on, and he felt foggy pretty much all the time. “Well, that doesn’t sound like anything a cup of coffee wouldn’t cure,” I suggested. He looked stricken. Turns out that he had also quit coffee (what?) because he blamed it for his cigarette cravings, and he assumed that coffee drinking was an unhealthy habit in and of itself.

I couldn’t argue with him about his cravings because they were his, but apparently, my friend had not heard that coffee (in reasonable quantities) has been demonstrated to not be unhealthy.  In fact, the evidence is mountain that coffee drinking is associated with certain health benefits.  I felt for him that he was suffering from coffee-withdrawal as a result of not gotten the proverbial “memo”.  And so, to prevent any further needless suffering by those who still believe that coffee is a vice, I hereby submit nine “grounds” for an attitude adjustment about your morning coffee:

1. The Cure For the Common Cold
OK, well, maybe not a cure, but coffee has been found to reduce feelings of “malaise” in people suffering from the sniffles. 

2. A Natural Alternative to Ritalin
At least one physician-run mental health treatment facility recommends coffee as an alternative treatment for Adult Attention Deficit Disorder for those who are not comfortable with psychotropic drugs. 

3. Banish the Blues
Coffee drinking has been linked to lower rates of depression, at least among women.  Anecdotally speaking, the morning postings on my Facebook timeline tend to suggest that coffee makes a lot of people I know very very happy.

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By Lauren Cahn| October 27, 2015
Categories:  Eat
Keywords:  EatFood and Drink

About the Author

Lauren Cahn

Lauren Cahn

Lauren Cahn has written extensively about yoga, health and wellness since 2004, when she earned her first yoga teaching certification from Cyndi Lee’s Om Yoga Center (NYC).

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