One of my favorite quotes as a mom is, “My tired is tired, my coffee needs coffee but my happy is happy. That’s motherhood.” This resonates with me on multiple levels. First, being a mom is no easy job! It’s exhausting but, that second cup of coffee always comes to the rescue. Boy was I relieved when I read recently about the health benefits of coffee despite my increasing addiction.
It’s that second cup that usually allows me to see the beauty in my children’s childhood unfolding right before my eyes. So, if you’re feeling the tired like I am or maybe you’re just a coffee loving mama, you’ll be happy to hear that there are even more perks to that hot cup of deliciousness! And these 5 benefits of coffee will probably surprise you!
If coffee isn’t your thing, here are some quick and healthy smoothie recipes.
I’ve certainly had my bouts of down days and I know several mamas who fight depression on a daily basis. So, not only is that morning cup of joe delicious but it’s been shown to knock out those emotional slumps and make you a happier you!
Coffee has been shown to help reduce the risks of some cancers like colorectal cancer, liver cancer and even melanoma.
Coffee provides several minerals that are essential to human existence like magnesium, potassium, B5 and B2. Coffee has also been said to be the greatest source of antioxidants in the Western diet! That means that coffee is fighting off all of those free-radicals can cause cancer if they’re not dealt with.
Despite popular belief, coffee does not have a drastic effect on your blood pressure. Contrarily, it is thought that- specifically in women- drinking coffee may actually reduce the risk of heart disease and decrease the risk of stroke by 20%.
For reasons undiscovered, many large studies have shown a 20-50% reduction in risk for type-two diabetes among heavy coffee drinkers which is a growing health issue thanks to most of the modern American diet. Next time you eat breakfast or a snack break, be sure to make your snack a healthy one and enjoy it knowing that you’re reducing your risk for this all too common disease.
If you’ve got the wonderful morning (or afternoon) habit of grabbing a hot cup of your favorite coffee, drink it with the confidence. With these health benefits of coffee, know that you’re making a smart choice for your health, your mind and your body! May it bring you strength and energy to be a better mom!
*Remember that you should always consume anything in moderation and coffee is not exception. Moderation for coffee means about 2-3 cups per day.
** If you are pregnant you should avoid or significantly decrease your caffeine consumption. Talk to your doctor for official recommendations.