I love coffee! I didn’t start drinking it until a few months ago. I wanted a lower-calorie substitute for hot chocolate. Hot chocolate has 111 calories, coffee has 2!
What I noticed immediately is that my bowels pleasingly became quite regular. I know, I know, too much information. It’s critical to the point, though. ;) Before I started drinking coffee I was irregular and suffered significant abdominal pains. Not anymore.
Coffee produces a laxative effect in susceptible people through stimulation of rectosigmoid motor activity, as soon as four minutes after drinking. Even modest doses of coffee can have this effect.
Coffee is also a great pick-me-up in the morning. After a cup or two I feel energized and ready to tackle the day. Who wouldn’t love that?!
Coffee has been recommended by doctors as an emergency treatments for the symptoms of asthma. As an asthmatic, the following statistic is most interesting.
Regular coffee drinkers have about 1/3 less asthma symptoms than those of non-coffee drinkers according to a Harvard researcher who studied 20,000 people.
According to a new study, regular coffee drinkers have a reduced risk of developing dementia.
After controlling for numerous socioeconomic and health factors, including high cholesterol and high blood pressure, the scientists found that the subjects who had reported drinking three to five cups of coffee daily were 65 percent less likely to have developed dementia, compared with those who drank two cups or less.
Accordint to the NY Times article, coffee drinkers are also at a reduced risk of developing type 2 diabetes and Parkinson’s disease.
When asked to give an example of revelation by a contemporary prophet, Mormons often cite the Word of Wisdom, which prohibits the consumption of “hot drinks”. Hot drinks has been interpreted to mean, specifically, coffee and tea (Doctrine and Covenants 89:9). They claim that, because the ill-effects of coffee weren’t known at the time, it must surely have been an inspired directive. Coffee, like every other chemical we ingest, has its downside, to be sure. However, modern science has proven the claims of Joseph are pure fantasy.
Coffee has numerous proven health benefits. It also tastes delicious and is very customizable. You can add creams, milks, sugars and flavored syrups. You can even drink it cold, on the rocks. So drink up and enjoy your daily cup o’ java.