Longevity Hack: Pass Me My Cup of Joe

Coffee Makes the World Go Round & Start My Day

Researchers at Stanford University’s School of Medicine found evidence that the caffeine present in coffee or tea correlates to reduced inflammation as we age, contributing to the drinker’s longevity. So enjoying a small glass of wine with a leisurely family meal and following it up with a small cup of coffee on a regular basis could help you live longer.

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Sleep Hack: Hide the Coffee Maker after 3 p.m.

Afternoon caffeine: Did you know that it takes six hours for your body to process and eliminate just half of the caffeine you consume in one sitting? If you’re drinking a cup of joe around 3 p.m. to make it through the afternoon slump, it could be keeping you awake at night. Besides contributing to insomnia, caffeine is a stimulant that can also increase feelings of nervousness, according to the National Sleep Foundation.

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Sleep Better – Ditch the Caffeine Habit by Early Afternoon

Caffeine has numerous benefits and is consumed by 90% of the US population. A single dose can enhance focus, energy and sports performance. However, when consumed late in the day, coffee stimulates your nervous system and may stop your body from naturally relaxing at night. In one study, consuming caffeine up to six hours before bed significantly worsened sleep quality. Caffeine can stay elevated in your blood for 6–8 hours. Therefore, drinking large amounts of coffee after 3–4 p.m. is not recommended — especially if you are sensitive to caffeine or have trouble sleeping.

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Longevity Tip ~ #6 of 10 Anti-Aging Foods

Coffee

Coffee gets a bad rap, but it’s not as bad as you might think. The problem is what you put in your coffee — cream and sugar. Some data suggests coffee drinkers have less of a chance of dying from heart disease. Need another reason to enjoy a cup of joe? It may also lower the risk of type 2 diabetes and Parkinson’s disease. Plus, the caffeine and antioxidants found in coffee help your body repair damage to cells caused by free radicals.

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Healthy Living ~ Loving My Coffee

Health benefits associated with coffee consumption

Researchers have found a myriad of instances when a coffee habit may have some protective health benefits. Aside from the caffeine giving you an early-morning energy buzz, [coffee’s] high levels of antioxidants can help protect your body from damage caused by free radicals, as well as fight off disease. The list of potential diseases and conditions that are less common in coffee drinkers is long. Caffeinated coffee is associated with lowering the risks for certain cancers and liver disease. . . . Daily consumption of three cups of coffee, whether caffeinated or decaffeinated, was associated with a 17 lower risk for all-cause mortality compared to no coffee intake. Caffeinated coffee also conveyed lower risks for cardiovascular disease and stroke with the highest benefits being seen in those consuming between three to five cups per day.

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Wellness Tip

How to Head Off a Headache

Start double-fisting beverages the minute the throbbing begins. “I’ll have a bottle of water in one hand and a coffee in the other,” says Jennifer Ashton, MD, author of Your Body Beautiful and cohost of ABC’s The Revolution. That’s because many headaches are caused by dehydration, while caffeine is known to curb them. If the drinks don’t alleviate the pounding in an hour, she pops ibuprofen.

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