The Health Benefits of Drinking Coffee, Inside and Out
That coffee you’re enjoying doesn’t just taste great; it is also good for you! Dr. Joe Vinson, a scientist who studies the antioxidant content of foods has indicated that coffee is the number one source of antioxidants in the American diet.
Coffee Does Body Good
Coffee is more than an antioxidant, coffee does the body well, it is beneficial for your health internally and new findings show that it is also good for your skin externally. See how Spas throughout the United States are featuring Coffee spa treatments.
Coffee as an Antioxidant
In recent years, coffee addicts around the world have welcomed the news that coffee may have antioxidant properties equal to that of black tea. These antioxidant components can supplement what people normally get from fruits and vegetables. Drinking one or two cups of coffee a day can fight free radical damaging molecules and may even reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes.
Coffee Has More Fiber than Orange Juice
Doctors tell us that fiber is good for us and that antioxidants help keep us young and disease-free. Well, coffee delivers on both counts. In a Spanish study, scientists concluded that brewed coffee contained a significantly higher amount of soluble dietary fiber…than other common beverages. Coffee’s dietary fiber contains a large amount of associated antioxidant phenolics.
Over the years, there have been many studies completed on Coffee. I have gone back and forth about drinking it and not drinking it. In the end, for me, it comes down to everything in moderation.
This aromatic bean contains Magnesium and Vitamin E. Its properties include antioxidant, antibacterial, exfoliating, and stimulating.
- Rich source of anti-cancer agents
- A study has found that coffee contributes more antioxidants – which have been linked with fighting heart disease and cancer – to the diet than cranberries, apples, or tomatoes
- Can increase alertness and improve short-term recall
- Coffee increases the effectiveness of painkillers—especially migraine medications—and can rid some people of asthma
- Coffee intake may reduce the occurrence of gallstones and gallbladder disease in men
- Coffee can also reduce the incidence of cirrhosis of the liver and prevent colon and bladder cancers
Based on Drinking Moderate Amounts
As with almost everything in excess, coffee can be potentially harmful too. Coffee has traditionally been seen as the culprit in a long list of ailments. Common sense would, of course, say that excessive amounts of caffeine in the body can cause such problems as insomnia and heart palpitations. There is also a possibility that too much coffee can cause more toxins and fat build-up that may lead to an increase in cellulite deposits. Some coffee concoctions also deliver more calories that may result in a general body fat gain. In this sense, cellulite and coffee seem to be connected in a bad way.
- Possible Risks of Drinking Excessive Coffee
- Increases blood pressure among people who already suffer from high blood pressure
- Causes insomnia, anxiety, and irritability
- Can reduce fertility in women trying to conceive
- Can cause heartburn and indigestion
- Weight gain
- Acid Imbalance in the body
- Essential Mineral depletion
- The negative effects of coffee tend to emerge in excessive drinking so it is best to avoid heavy consumption
Coffee … the Cellulite Cure?
Some people couldn’t imagine starting a day without that first cup of coffee and a hot shower. Did you know that coffee is a Spontaneous beauty treatment? In fact, after reading this, you may want to start your day with your coffee in the shower.
That morning cup of coffee may contribute to your cellulite when it is consumed as a beverage. It has been established that when you drink coffee, you may gain weight and store fat. Caffeine stimulates a temporary surge in blood sugar which is then followed by an overproduction of insulin which causes weight gain since insulin’s message to the body is to store excess sugar as fat. In addition, cellulite is made up of stubborn fat deposits that also inhibit antioxidant and nutrient absorption in affected areas. This means that the positive cellulite and coffee connection cannot be obtained by drinking coffee because the antioxidant properties of coffee cannot reach affected areas easily.
Did you know that coffee when applied topically can help fight cellulite?
Topical Coffee Tones and Tightens
There seems to be some evidence that the positive cellulite and coffee connection can be seen when coffee is used as a topical application. Topical applications of coffee can be used on cellulite areas where coffee can penetrate the skin and effectively reduce the signs of cellulite.
In topical applications, coffee can help break down fat deposits. Aside from helping break fat, coffee also promotes proper blood flow which is crucial in eliminating the broken down fat and the toxins from the body. Coffee, therefore, works best against cellulite not as a drink but as a topical application.
Spas Serve Up Coffee Treatments
Dr. Susan Lark, one of the foremost authorities in the fields of clinical nutrition and preventive medicine, said that coffee along with massage is one of the best remedies she has seen for treating cellulite.
“Caffeine rubbed on the skin, like caffeine-laced anti-cellulite creams, would work to improve the appearance of cellulite,” says dermatologist and La Jolla Spa MD medical director Mitchel Goldman, who conducted a study using caffeine-laced anti-cellulite cream. Of the 34 women in the study, 25 noticed a decrease in thigh circumference.
Spas throughout the United States are serving up coffee body treatments, using coffee, coffee grounds, and green coffee bean extract. Here are a few of my favorites.
Home Coffee Spa Products:
Invigorating Coffee Scrub
This invigorating, aromatic coffee scrub made with fresh Indonesian coffee beans awakens the senses as it exfoliates and cleanses. As the scrub lathers into gentle foam, the rich, dark roasted coffee is transformed into a creamy café au lait color. Used in Indonesian treatments to stimulate circulation in the skin, coffee has been clinically proven to provide powerful antioxidant and tightening benefits when applied to the skin.
Home Coffee Spa Recipes:
Bye, Bye Venti Thighs take the grinds and minimize:
Make your cellulite treatment with caffeinated coffee grounds that work beautifully. Here’s how:
Ingredients: ¼ cup warm used coffee grounds, 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil, Plastic Wrap
The used grounds work better if they’re warm
1. Put some newspaper on the floor of your bathroom, or stand in the shower
2. Mix about a quarter-cup of warm used coffee grounds with a tablespoon or so of olive oil. Stand on the paper and apply the coffee mixture to your cellulite areas using your hands or a loofah mitt. Don’t worry if a lot of the coffee mixture falls to the floor; enough will stick to your skin to do the trick.
3. Wrap the area in plastic wrap and allow it to remain on for several minutes.
4. Remove the wrap and brush off the excess coffee mixture. Shower with warm water.
5. This procedure is most effective when repeated twice a week.
(As with any home recipe, check a small area to ensure you do not have a sensitivity, do not use if you have any contraindications)
Invigorating Coffee Scrub – Skin Scrub
Ingredients: • 3 T Coffee grounds (organic-caffeinated), • 1 T Salt (optional) * 1 T Oliver Oil
Brew a fresh pot of coffee. Enjoy a cup, if you like. Put grounds (and salt) in a small bowl. Use grounds within 20 minutes of brewing before oxidation occurs.
Application: Scrub the mixture over the entire body while in the shower. Rinse. Follow with your favorite moisturizer
Green Coffee – The Anti-Aging Brew?
Coffee beans have yielded surprising discoveries in the anti-aging battle. Green coffee beans offer a host of health benefits without the jittery effects associated with drinking too much caffeine. And there is new news on the belief that coffee leaches calcium from the bones.
Green coffee beans have supplied a new player in the antioxidant arena. Chlorogenic acid also helps regulate metabolism. Compared to green tea and grape seed extract, green coffee bean extract is twice as effective in absorbing oxygen-free radicals.
One of the advantages of using green coffee bean extract is that the negative effects of coffee are avoided. The coffee filter removed the offending diterpenes. And levels of these diterpenes in instant coffee are low.
Other benefits of green coffee bean extract include an increase in the effectiveness of pain killers, especially for migraine medications; a reduction in the risk of diabetes; and assisting the body burn a higher proportion of lipids (fats) compared to carbohydrates, which could help with muscle fatigue for athletes and bodybuilders.
Green Coffee & Pomegranate Body Trio Solitude Spa at Teton Mountain Lodge & Spa Jackson Hole, WY
Experience the powerful anti-oxidant benefits of both coffee and pomegranate with this high-impact signature body treatment. Stimulating coffee improves cellular circulation and helps reduce the appearance of cellulite and wrinkles. Organic pomegranate, rich in Omega 5, restores skin’s resilience and suppleness. A Coffee Arabica body polish stimulates circulation while our tantalizing green coffee and pomegranate body wrap detoxifies and conditions. The pomegranate warm oil massage will leave you feeling refreshingly restored.
Pevonia Botanica Cellu-Lite Spa Treatment
Slimming Green Coffee Body Wrap (Anti-Cellulite)
Slim and tone your body with cutting-edge cellulite treatment. This slimming and toning wrap stimulates your body’s ability to break down fat, increase metabolism, and eliminate water retention. Pure 100% Micronized Green Coffee, naturally rich in Chlorogenic Acid, Polysaccharides, Proteins, and Essential Oils, smoothes and enhances your skin’s overall texture, visibly reducing spongy, dimply, cellulitic areas.
May be available at some of the fine Spas that carry Pevonia Botanica Products
The Latest Coffee Buzz
The latest Coffee buzz is around CoffeeBerry fruit which is used in skincare products. CoffeeBerry is considered to be one of the richest sources of antioxidants and is well known for its skin rejuvenation properties. The American Academy of Dermatology’s annual meeting held in Feb 2007 recognized the medicinal values of CoffeeBerry, owing to its anti-aging properties.
Coffee Berry Properties
- CoffeeBerry has Polyphenol anti-oxidants which aid in preventing cellular damage to the skin.
- CoffeeBerry is recommended over green tea, for its high antioxidant properties.
- Clinical studies have shown that there has been a reduction of wrinkles by 46% and improvement of skin softness by 64%
- Study reports confirm that the ingredient is effective for dry skin and skin discoloration.
- CoffeeBerry contains 5 out of 8 essential sugars called monosaccharides, which are critical for the proper functioning of bio-physiological systems.
The first product to enter the market with Coffee Berry as the basic ingredient is RevaleSkin The price of RevaleSkin is estimated to be around $30 to $120 (available through aesthetic physicians’ offices)
In addition to RevaleSkin, other coffee-related products can provide positive benefits. A favorite for the eyes is:
An ingenious color-corrective under-eye concealer/eye treatment duo! Elegant, universal, yellow concealer disguises blue and purple shadows under the eyes. Highly sophisticated eye treatment neutralizes the source of visible dark circles and inflammation.
How is this product different from other products of its kind?
Full-strength caffeine combines with peptides, white tea, and retinol to diminish puffiness, improve firmness, and reverse signs of aging. Dipeptide and Hesperidin Methyl Chalcone improve vascular circulation, decrease capillary permeability, and detoxify skin, for an improved, diminished dark circle appearance with continued use.
Home Spa Recipes of Coffee FACIAL:
Exfoliating and Firming Perk-Up Facial
This will gently firm and tone your skin, minimizing pores and sloughing off dead skin so the fresh new skin underneath is revealed. Those with dry skin will want to follow the facial with a moisturizer.
Mix 1/4 cup of used coffee grounds and one egg white, combining well. Massage gently onto the face, then allow drying. Rinse off with warm water
Coffee, Cheers To You!
There are many reasons that coffee is America’s favorite beverage. In addition to tasting great, keeping you alert, and boosting your mood, coffee can also help you shape up and stay fit.
For your body workout, many studies have shown how coffee can enhance physical performance. The research shows coffee may be especially useful for athletes engaged in sports like swimming, running, or cycling. Many studies prove coffee boosts energy and helps people do what they do. Coffee may increase stamina, reduce fatigue, and even lessen muscle pain.
For many people, experts say that a cup or two of coffee 30-60 minutes before a workout may do the trick. Coffee’s pain-relieving effect on sore muscles keeps working after you exercise. Try this Power Lift Recipe.
The Power Lift Smoothie
This coffee banana smoothie is a smart snack to have about an hour before your workout. Yogurt is a stellar source of calcium. The banana adds potassium, wheat germ kicks in extra vitamin E, and coffee contributes some vigor. All the way around, this is a healthy snack.
Makes 4 servings
- 1½ cups brewed coffee, cold or at room temperature
- 2 containers plain low-fat yogurt (6 oz) or 1 ½ cups
- 2 medium, ripe bananas — peeled and sliced
- 3-4 ice cubes
- 2 tablespoons toasted wheat germ
- 2 tablespoons honey, or to taste
- (use more or less depending on the ripeness of the bananas)
Place all ingredients in a blender container. Cover and blend on high speed for 1 minute or until smooth. This makes enough for 4 glasses. Serve immediately. You may freeze 3 servings to enjoy another day.
This Cup For You!
Take some time out this week for you. Head to the spa and allow them to help you tighten your tone, all while you relax. Breathe deep take in the aromatic scent of the coffee, and remember no matter how you take it. Coffee can do a body good … when done in moderation. Listen to your body to see what is right for you. If necessary, discuss it with your Doctor.