Coffee gets a lot of negative press. But moderate coffee drinking (three to four cups per day) can have a variety of health advantages.

Keep in mind that a cup is 8 ounces. Coffee drinkers should make an effort to follow a “healthy” cup- avoiding cream, sugar, or milk as much as possible. Rather than creamer consider using unsweetened almond or soy milk. Try adding vanilla, unsweetened cocoa powder or cinnamon to create your own unique blend.

Health Benefits of variety coffees
1. Antioxidants
Coffee beans are loaded with antioxidants that become even more potent after the bean is roasted. This type of antioxidant paired with the coffee’s magnesium can impact blood sugar levels and is thought to lessen the risk of type 2 diabetes.

Adding coffee to a well balanced diet positions this drink among the most healthful beverages you can consume on a daily basis.

2. Improved Brain Function
Coffee can be shown to vastly improve brain functions, such as: memory, mood, reaction times, and cognitive function. The caffeine within it gives you energy and when consumed at a safe level won’t have negative effects. Calculate your daily dose here.

3. Improves Physical Performance
Online resource, Healthline, cites studies that reveal coffee can improve physical performance throughout a workout. By increasing adrenarange levels and releasing fat from fat tissues. Caffeine has also which can increase epinephrine (“fight or flight” hormone) which makes our bodies ready for physical exertion.

Having a cup or two 30 minutes before a good work out can help fat cells break down body fat. Providing a natural alternative to a “pre-workout” supplement.

4. Helps Keep You Hydrated
While water is still #1 when it comes to hydration, black coffee contains 99% water. Decaf is your best option if you’re looking for an alternative to water.

Transitioning to Black Coffee
Taking your coffee without cream and sugar is challenging for many people, but it’s an adjustment worth making. Like any new habit, incremental changes and repetition can help you make the switch.

Cut back your addition of cream and sugar on the gradual scale to adapt your tastebuds.
If you drink multiple cups per day, consider only taking your first cup with sweeteners.
Try sticking to black coffee for just about any additional cups in daytime.
If you like candy canes, consider stirring your brew with one to add sweetness. Then slowly transition away from using the additive.