By Susan McQuillan
Reviewed by QualityHealth's Medical Advisory Board
The next time you enjoy a cup of coffee, enjoy the fact that it may be protecting your health.
If you're sensitive to caffeine, there's no doubt that drinking coffee, especially multiple cups of coffee, may have some adverse effects, such as nervousness, restlessness, stomach upset and insomnia. And if you're a long-time, heavy coffee drinker and you suddenly quit, you may experience withdrawal symptoms like headaches, fatigue, confusion, and mild depression. These are all symptoms associated with caffeine, however, and they are likely to affect you only if you are sensitive to caffeine.
Coffee contains many chemicals other than caffeine, including some that appear to be good for you, such as disease-fighting antioxidants and anti-inflammatory substances. If you drink several cups a day without suffering side effects, you may well be reaping a variety of health benefits. Coffee does a few things you may not know about, such as:
Lowers blood sugar. And as a result, at least eight clinical studies have shown that heavy coffee drinkers are less likely to develop type 2 diabetes than nondrinkers and those who limit themselves to just one or two cups.
Protects against dementia and Parkinson's Diseases. Since type 2 diabetes is linked to dementia and coffee lowers the risk of developing diabetes, this may be the link.
Increases your resting metabolic rate. Your resting metabolic rate is the rate at which you burn calories when you're doing nothing more than sitting around breathing.
YAHOO!!! There are health benefits to my morning cups of COFFEE; which I love and hate. After all, Yes, I know about Caffeine sensitivity, because I have it to some degree, which is why I usually must limit drinking any cafeinated beverage to the am hours or else I better be able to 'burn off' the caffeine or else I will pay for it later, when the caffeine comes back to 'haunt' me: otherwise known as I can/ will fall asleep, but I will not stay asleep. When this happens, I usually wake up around 1-2 am and not be able to go back to sleep, which I really hate doing, because then I risk drinking too much coffee the next day to make up for it and risk the same thing happening the next night and then I am stuck in a most vicious cycle, which I have found to be easier to avoid than to get off of.
Speaking of Coffee--The Coffee News that I would like to share--->
1) What synthetic fabric, introduced in the 1970's, is made of Teflon?
2) Which famous American team has been featured in films and a cartoon series since being formed in 1927 by Abraham Saperstein?
3)You are a cyclist in a cross-country race. Just before the crossing finish line, you over take the person in second place! What place did you finish in?
4)Where would you find the 'Ocean of Storms'?
5)Which vertical take-off jet made its first flight in the 1960's?
Did You Know . . .
Clinking glasses: Touching wine glasses dates back to a custom when medieval hosts were worried their drinks might have been poisoned. They not only touched glasses, but a small amount of wine was exchanged and everyone took their first drink simultaneously.
Phobias: People who have a irrational fear of touch suffer from haptophophobia; those who don't like getting their hair cut are said to have tonsurphobia.
Hairy thoughts: Humans have a lot of body parts, but hair is the only part that continually grows, falls out and regenerates itself. Human hair grows at a rate of about a half an inch per month.
Tasty treat:Those who consider an insect a tasty treat indulge in a practice called entomophagy. There are over 1,400 different kinds of insects around the world that are quite safe to eat.
Purple finch: The purple finch is a lovely bird, but it isn't really purple in color. The very bright, showy parts of the bird are actually crimson.
On the Lighter Side
Clock: A small mechanical device to wake up people without children.
The places where trails do not exist are not well marked.
On anniversaries, the wise husband may forget the past... but better never forget the present.
Compromise: the art of dividing a cake so that everybody believes he or she got the biggest piece.
Never ask two questions in a business letter. The reply will discus the one you are least interested in, and say nothing about the other.
The more pretentious a corporate name, the smaller the organization.
The trouble with unemployment is that the minute you wake up in the morning you're on the job.
Now the answers to the Trivia, since they could print upside down, but I can't.
1) Gore-Tex. 2) Harlem Globetrotters. 3)Second-You took over the second place spot. 4) On the Earth's moon 5) Harrier.
I do hope that this is found to be entertaining, instead of my polictical and environmental seriousness. After all, I believe that life can not be all seriousness.