Burn belly fat
Your morning java may not only get you up and going, but studies reveal that it can be protective against type 2 diabetes. A protein called sex hormone-binding globulin (SHBG) regulates the biological activity of testosterone and estrogen, which have long been thought to play a role in the development of type 2 diabetes. And coffee consumption, it turns out, increases plasma levels of SHBG. One study found that women who drank four cups of coffee each day had significantly higher levels of SHBG than did non-drinkers and were 56 percent less likely to develop diabetes than were non-drinkers.
Kick it up a notch
Having a caffeinated drink pre workout can increase your endurance and boost your fat burning potential. One study even found that caffeine can positively impact your DNA and mimic the muscle contraction that comes with exercise, so athletes who enjoy a pre workout cup may just be on to something. As an added bonus, it has been shown to reduce pain processing, which can help you get that last set of lunges in.
Feel younger longer
Although for some people their morning coffee protects OTHER people (at least, for those who get moody without it), it has some selfish advantages too. Researchers from the National Cancer Institute (NCI) tracked the health and coffee consumption of more than 400,000 adults over the age of 50 for nearly 14 years and found that java drinkers were less likely to die during the study than their anti-coffee counterparts. Keep in mind however if coffee is the cause of your anxiousness, headaches and digestive disturbances, it is best to opt for an alternative such as green tea.
How to make it healthier
Not all coffee is made equal. Opt for an organic, fair-trade coffee and be sure to brew it with non-chlorinated filters. While some of the benefits apply to the decaffeinated version as well, the extensive chemical process used to remove the caffeine make it a less ‘natural’ option. Lastly, you should keep your coffee consumption to morning hours only, and the caffeine can disrupt your sleep.