The first thing to know about organic coffees is that they are not just any old food products. They have been carefully selected by their producers for a reason – they provide health benefits to humans. This means that there are no pesticides or herbicides used in the production of these foods, which would otherwise affect human health negatively. Also, all organic coffees are grown without the use of artificial fertilizers or pesticides. These are both harmful to our environment and cause problems with pests and diseases.
Organic coffee beans contain many nutrients that may improve your health. You will find that organic coffees are higher in antioxidants than conventional ones.
Antioxidants help protect us from free radicals, which damage cells and organs. Free radicals are unstable molecules that can cause cancer, heart disease, Alzheimer’s disease and other illnesses. According to the U.S Department of Agriculture (USDA), antioxidants such as vitamins C and E, beta carotene and lycopene can reduce risk factors associated with certain types of cancers including colon cancer, prostate cancer and lung cancer.
They can also improve your heart health. Research has found that in addition to low vitamin K levels, heavy coffee drinkers are at higher risk of coronary artery calcification.
But people who swap regular coffee for organic coffee lower their lifetime risk of heart disease by 25%. So there is a silver lining to your coffee habit after all!
Other benefits are energy level and mental clarity.
We all have days when we need a little extra energy to get through the day. Whether it is a long, stressful day at work or school, exercise or just a very tough morning.
Most of us reach for that cup of coffee to give us that much needed pick me up. Normally we just grab whatever is in the break room or corner store, but if you make your own coffee you could be doing your body a favor.
Many of the popular coffee chains add extra energy to their drinks. Big corporations like this because it keeps you coming back and buying more.
Plus they have a lot of money tied up in flavor additives. They make a lot of money off of people that can’t start their day without a cup (or three) of coffee.
When you make your coffee at home, you have complete control over what goes into it. You also have the added benefit of taking out whatever you don’t want.
Caffeine is a natural stimulant, which can have adverse affects on some people. By making your own coffee, you can easily take it out if you need to.
Mental clarity is very important for success in any venture. Many people have claimed that their energy and mental clarity improved when they started drinking organic coffee instead of regular coffee.
If you have never tried organic coffee before, it might be time to give it a shot. It can be a little expensive compared to regular coffee but if you are concerned about your health and longevity you might want to think long term.
Not everyone can have caffeine. Some people suffer from heart conditions or other diseases that keep them from having any.
In addition, there are infants and toddlers that parents want to feed without having them stay up all night. For those people, organic yerba mate tea and decaffeinated herbal tea can be great drinks that improve their health.
Organic yerba mate is made from the yerba mate plant. It is naturally caffeinated so it gives you a boost of energy and improves your alertness without any of the downsides of coffee.
It also contains nutrients that have been known to help with anxiety and improve digestion.
Decaffeinated herbal tea have also been known to improve energy levels and help people relax. They can also promote digestive health and help people lose weight.
Most of the time, people that choose to drink decaf actually end up increasing their caffeine intake because they need a larger volume of the tea in order to get the same effect.
It is important to be aware of what you are putting into your body. Even if you can’t drink coffee, there are still options out there for you.
It is all about being informed so you can make the right choices for you.
Children and Caffeine
It is usually recommended that people do not give their children coffee as it can affect their developing bodies. However, parents need to be aware that many things that are marketed towards children contain caffeine.
Be careful of medicines, candies and even some juices.
Caffeine is actually a mild diuretic. This means that the fluid and water intake that goes beyond what you need is going to come out of your body through the urine.
You might think that drinking more water is going to help, but it isn’t. The excess urination is not going to allow your child to take in more water than they normally would; it just means that the body is going to be getting rid of it faster.
Many caffeinated drinks are going to dehydrate your child. These drinks can actually leech the water out of your child’s body and cause dryness in their eyes, it can make their skin look less elastic and even cause a loss of muscle control.
This means that it isn’t just the caffeine that is going to have an effect, but also other ingredients such as sugar.
Other Negative Effects
There are other potential side effects to children and caffeine. Your child could end up having an irregular heart beat or suffer from an arrhythmia.
Caffeine can also cause your child’s blood pressure to rise which can be dangerous for the little ones as their blood vessels and organs are still growing.
Caffeine can also have a negative effect on children’s behavior. Some children are going to be more sensitive to the affects than others.
The amount of sleep that they get will also influence how they act. If your child does not get enough sleep, then you might notice that they have a more difficult time than you normally do when they are running on a lack of energy.
Children that have too much caffeine in their system can become hyperactive and will have trouble relaxing even when the caffeine does start to wear off. They are going to be fidgety and unable to sit still.
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