Anti-aging Archives

10 Reasons To Drink Coffee Every Day

10 Reasons To Drink Coffee Every Day

Ah, nothing beats the sweet smell and taste of coffee in the morning. However, should we really be drinking a cup each day?

54% of Americans drink coffee daily; in fact, coffee is the most drank beverage in the world. While some people drink coffee for energy or because they love the taste, it actually offers numerous health benefits.

Let’s take a look at 10 more reasons you should drink coffee on the daily:

1. Coffee Can Reduce Your Risk Of Developing Diabetes

Over 9% of American’s now have diabetes, and the number one factor behind its development is a poor diet and overall bad lifestyle choices.

Although drinking too much coffee is itself a bad lifestyle choice, drinking a couple of cups daily is not only okay, it also reduces your risk of developing diabetes.

Scientists at Harvard School of Public Health evaluated data from 128,000 healthcare professionals who were surveyed about their diet choices for more than 20 years. During those two decades, 7,300 of them were diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes, but the ones who drank more than one cup of coffee daily, had an 11% lower risk for the disease.

2. Coffee Can Prevent Cavities

One main health benefit of coffee is that decreases tooth decay. Several studies have shown that roasted coffee beans are antibacterial against the S. mutans, the bacterium that causes tooth decay.

Studies also show that roasted coffee prevents the absorption of such bacteria by the teeth. In the studies, various types of coffee beans were used, both roasted and unroasted, Arabia and Robusta and while all of them provided similar benefits, the roasted varieties seemed to be more active in preventing bacteria from sticking to the teeth.

3. Coffee May Reduce Your Risk Of Developing Alzheimer’s

The cases of Alzheimer’s disease are growing at a scary rate, but there are preventative measures you can take to lower your risk and drinking coffee is one of them.

4. Coffee Improves Your Mood

Coffee contains caffeine, a nootropic that improves your mood and cognitive functioning. In short, it makes you more alert, but it also boosts your mood.

This is especially noticeable if you’ve been drinking coffee each day for a year and suddenly stop. You might experience a downshift in your mood, and only by drinking more coffee are you able to raise your spirits.

5. Coffee Is Good For Your Liver

Avoid alcohol and drink more coffee is the advice here. While the former can damage your liver beyond repair, the latter just wants to protect it.

6. Coffee Could Prevent Skin Cancer

Skin cancer is now one of the fastest growing cancers in the world, and more and more people each year are being diagnosed with it.

There are things you can do to cut your risk, and this includes drinking more coffee. Scientists have theorized that caffeine is responsible for this, though no final conclusion has yet been reached.

7. Coffee Improves Your Cardiovascular Health

We’re always being told that coffee is bad for our heart.

True, too much coffee is bad for your heart. If you drank 30 cups a day, as the great French writer Balzac was reported to have done, you are putting yourself at massive risk of having a heart attack. However, if you drink coffee each day in moderation, you can actually improve the health of your heart.

8. Coffee Strengthens Your DNA

You might be wondering why you’d need to strengthen your DNA. But why wouldn’t you?

DNA strands can break. To prevent this rather alarming thing from happening all too often, you could drink more coffee, as caffeine tightens DNA integrity.

9. Coffee Is Rich In Antioxidants

Antioxidants are your body’s first line of defense against rogue free radicals, and coffee contains more than many fruits, including oranges and grapes.

10. And, Yes, Coffee Could Help You Live Longer

Okay, let’s expand on that carrot at the top of this article. We’ll let Ming Ding, M.D. explain this one:

“Bioactive compounds in coffee reduce insulin resistance and systematic inflammation. They might be responsible for the inverse association between coffee and mortality. However, more studies are needed to investigate the biological mechanisms producing these effects.”

In short, there are many good reasons to drink coffee each day.

Where’s the barista?

Boosting Mental And Emotional Health After Age 60

Boosting Mental And Emotional Health After Age 60

This article will discuss 8 ways to increase social interaction after age 60 to help boost mental and emotional health.

A report in 2012 gave some insight into the effects of social isolation on seniors.

boostingmentalandemotionalhealth

   Boosting Mental and Emotional Health

 

According to the author, “social isolation is a major and prevalent health problem among community-dwelling older adults, leading to numerous detrimental health conditions … social isolation will impact the health, well-being, and quality of life of numerous older adults.”

Not only does social isolation have a damaging effect on life expectancy, it also affects our mental health too. Loneliness has been found to increase our risk of depression, social anxiety, addiction, as well as hoarding.

Older people who live in increasingly smaller worlds are particularly at risk of loneliness and therefore diminished mental and emotional health, which is why it is  important that a way is found to increase social interaction.

The following are 8 ways  to boost your mental and emotional health after age 60:

1. Invite Friends For Tea or Coffee

As we get past 60, it’s all too easy to assume that people don’t want us to bother them by inviting them around for tea, coffee, and cake. They’re growing old themselves and they have their own lives to worry about.

You’d be surprised at how much family, friends or even neighbors appreciate being invited round for a chat and some tea and coffee.

2. Go Back To School

Yes, back to school! At numerous colleges and universities, mature students represent around one quarter of the student body. It doesn’t matter how old you are because no one is ever too old to learn.

Taking classes online or on campus to get a degree  or just because you are interested will challenge you, boost your confidence and help you learn new skills.

3. Learn How To Use A Computer

We now live in the age of information, which basically means that computers have taken over young peoples’ lives. The problem for anyone over 60 is that you may have missed the boat and assumed that computers are simply tools for the younger generation.

However, a computer, no matter how daunting it might appear at first, is an incredibly useful social tool that connects you to the outer world. You can get in touch with old friends or even find new friends.

You can join online forums and groups and even go to conventions you never knew existed. It’s a fabulous way of staying in touch with people and opens up your world.

Moreover, your mental health can get a boost too if you try your hand at online games, such as chess.

4. Buy A Phone

You can increase your social interaction by purchasing a cellular phone. Most phone companies now offer monthly contracts, so you can pretty much talk to people on the phone for as long as you want. You can text message too, and even play games on it. Having a cell phone ensures that you will not miss any invitations for a social event.

5. Involve Yourself In Community Activities

Most towns have community centers that hold regular community activities for older people. These activities generally include singing, book clubs, bridge clubs, quiz nights, as well as bingo nights, and yoga groups.

Involving yourself in community activities helps to stimulate your mind and your emotional health and meeting new people is one of the most important action steps to boost your health and wellbeing.

6. Help Others

You’re never too old to learn, and you’re never too old to help others. If you have knowledge and experience that you’ve always wanted to share with other people, now is the time to do it.

Whether you decide to mentor a younger person or help out at a homeless shelter, your mental skills will certainly be tested and sharpened – no matter how rusty they were!

7. Plan Ahead

Sometimes we’re a little bit guilty of not getting much done during the week because we simply haven’t planned anything. We wake up in the morning not knowing what we’re going to do, and so we just drift through the day.

If you buy yourself a calendar and make plans for the week, you’re more likely to stick to them. Moreover, you’ll become more adventurous in your planning and may even consider doing something you’ve never done before.

8. Plan It!

Plan a month of activities that will you engage in. Get creative and write them down in your calendar or date book.

Get creative and choose fun and exciting new adventures, and ask friends to come along. Do this at the beginning of each month and stick to them as you would all those business appointments you used to keep.

Functional Strength Training For Better Health

Functional Strength Training For Better Health

Will Red Wine Improve Your Heart Health

Will Red Wine Improve Your Heart Health

When it comes to healthy eating and drinking, there are more choices than you might realize. You don’t have to drink water all the time.

How about red wine?

It is being touted as the next best thing in heart health.

What is it about red wine that has people up in arms? For one, no one wants to promote drinking alcoholic beverages. If you are not a drinker already, then starting to use red wine to increase your heart health may not be such a good idea.

Alcohol can become addictive and can bring more harm than good for the non-drinker.

But, if you already enjoy a drink every now and then, this information is for you.

Red wine is made from the red grape.

Grapes contain many antioxidants.

We know that these substances are instrumental in reducing the signs of aging. Keeping the body young includes increasing immunity, protecting vessels of the heart and vascular system, improving mood and increasing metabolism while reducing appetite.

In grapes, the antioxidants are found in the skin. When red wine is created, the skin of the grape is used to give it its deep red color.

The skin contains flavonoids and non-flavonoid antioxidants.

Flavonoids have been shown to lower bad cholesterol (LDL cholesterol) in the body.

Flavonoids are found in grapes as well as cocoa (dark chocolate), berries and apples.

It is the LDL cholesterol that contributes to the formation of plaques and hardening of the arteries in your body.

The hardening of the arteries leads to narrowing of the arteries and decreases the blood supply to your major organs.

The diminished blood supply contributes to your risk of suffering a heart attack, stroke, eye disease, and kidney problems.

Non-flavonoid antioxidants have been found to help increase the health of your heart. When the coronary arteries are clear, then blood and nutrients can reach the heart muscle.

One of the substances in this category is resveratrol.

Resveratrol is a substance found in grape skins that has been getting a lot of attention lately.

It has fueled research into the health benefits alcohol may have on the heart. There are supplements available on the market but no recommendations for daily levels and how much may be needed to positively affect the heart.

Tests have shown that resveratrol can lower the risk of heart disease, diabetes and obesity in studies using mice.

The amounts of resveratrol used were far higher than the amount available drinking red wine daily. However, drinking red wine may be beneficial over a period of time or adequate amounts may become available in the form of supplements.

Your doctor may already be recommending you drink a little red wine daily for the heart health benefits.

If you have a problem with drinking too much alcohol or a problem in the past then implementing red wine into your daily routine should be avoided.

 

Healthy Dose Of Chocolate

Do you frequently find concern over your relationship with chocolate?

Finally some good news.  You can actually eat chocolate for your health.  Yes, studies have been done and found that cocoa the actual source of chocolate has mono unsaturated fat, which can help raise your good cholesterol.

Not only that, but chocolate increases your antioxidant levels in your blood.  Cocoa is also a great source of magnesium, and helps the chemistry of your brain and helps build strong bones. In addition, it makes you feel happier.  Chocolate also has flavonoids to increase the elasticity of your blood vessels.

Chocolate includes phenyl ethylamine, which helps elevate your mood.  Chocolate is also high in sulfur, so it can help you grow stronger hair, stronger nails, and keep your skin clear.  So much for the myth that chocolate causes acne.

One thing you do need to know is I am not talking about milk chocolate.  The chocolate that is good for you is dark chocolate.  The reason for this is milk chocolate is high in fat because of how it is processed.  However, does it really matter? Isn’t it great to know, that you can get some mini dark chocolate candy bars and splurge on them occasionally and it is actually good for you?

The healthiest chocolate is the raw or the least processed cocoa.  Because of the flavonoids included in this type of chocolate, you will get many antioxidant benefits.  Here are some ways these antioxidants can help you.

They can help lower your blood pressure and improve blood circulation through your body.  Because of this, you will have a lower risk of heart disease.  They also help reduce free radicals, which can lessen your chance of serious illnesses such as heart disease, stroke, and cancer.

These antioxidants can also help improve digestion.  The flavonoids in cocoa are great for protecting your heart, but that does not mean you can eat it all day long.  As with anything, it is best to eat this in moderation.  You cannot use chocolate to replace your daily-recommended food sources such as fruits, vegetables, fiber, good fats, or proteins.

Go ahead and have a little piece of chocolate every day.  As long as you don’t overdo it, just knowing that this delicious dark chocolate has antioxidants that can help you stay healthy, makes each day just a little more fun.

CEM

Social Network Integration by Acurax Social Media Branding Company
Visit Us On FacebookVisit Us On YoutubeCheck Our Feed