Coffee can actually be healthy!
But only if you have a couple of cups each day and avoid it for a few hours before you go to bed.
The main active compound in coffee is caffeine, a well known stimulant that can give you a short-term boost in energy levels, brain function, metabolic rate and exercise performance.
Coffee is also packed with antioxidants and beneficial nutrients that can improve your health. The average 240ml cup of coffee has 60 – 100 mg of caffeine and contains Vitamin B2, Vitamin B5, Vitamin B1,Vitamin B3, Folate, Manganese, Potassium, Magnesium, and Phosphorus. Coffee’s antioxidant compounds include chlorogenic acids, eugenol, gamma-tocopherol, isoeugenol, p-coumaric acid, scopoletin and tannic acid. Coffee is the primary source of beneficial, protective antioxidants in some western diets.
If you’re generally healthy, two cups of regular coffee (around 200mg of caffeine) each day is fine, but don’t go overboard! Too much caffeine can affect your heart rhythm, make you dizzy, and cause headaches and dehydration. If you have any health concerns, please talk to your health professional about your coffee intake.
The large amounts of antioxidants in coffee can help to protect your body from premature ageing and many diseases caused by oxidative stress. So while drinking coffee brings these benefits from the inside, your body can also soak them up from the outside.
Fact: the powerful antioxidants in coffee can help improve your skin!
Coffee grounds have the ideal consistency for exfoliation plus caffeic acid, which is known to increase collagen production. Collagen is a protein produced by our cells that helps “hold” the skin together, keeping it looking younger and giving it firmness and elasticity. Rubbing your skin gently with coffee grounds helps to slough off dead skin cells, leaving it refreshed and re-energised.
Use this easy to make DIY coffee scrub for your body or as a foot soak and scrub.
DIY Coffee Soak or Scrub
You’ll need one cup of warm coffee grounds, two tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil and a half-teaspoon of sea salt. Mix together and use it as an exfoliator on your body to make dry skin silky smooth and minimise the appearance of cellulite. You can also add it to a foot bath to treat your tired feet after a long day.