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The Positives of Drinking Coffee

Taylor Hassa

Staff Writer 

Coffee is one of the world’s most enjoyed drinks. Some love it hot, others prefer it iced, but nonetheless, it is a very famous drink.

What people don’t know are some of the weird facts that go hand in hand with coffee, such as its ability to decrease your risk of skin cancer.

In a recent study conducted by Brigham and Women’s Hospital, researchers found that having three cups of coffee a day reduces a woman’s risk of skin cancer by 20 percent and a mans by nine percent.

However, protecting your skin outdoors is still a must. Coffee cannot reverse what the sun does to your skin, so it is important to always wear sunscreen.

Coffee is also a drink used to help fight off depression. People tend to wake up and feel refreshed even after their first sip in the morning.

Harvard School of Public Heath went even further to publish a study in last month’s Archives of Internal Medicine. The study read that women again are 20 percent less likely to become depressed if they drink fully-caffeinated coffee regularly.

Who knew a cup of coffee could change someone’s mood instantly? I mean, who wouldn’t want a drink that makes them feel better all day?

Coffee can also help an individual maintain a healthy weight. People usually drink coffee after a meal to relax. But, “When you drink coffee after a meal, it causes your body to more slowly process the meal you just ate,” says Chris Kilham, medical researcher, founder of Medicine Hunter, Inc.

That’s not to say that you’ll lose weight if you drink coffee after every meal. Healthy weight can be promoted by sipping on a cup of coffee after dinner.

Lastly, to all those non-coffee drinkers that believe coffee is so addictive, it actually is not. Caffeine is not like a drug, people can simply just cut caffeine from their diet without any physiological help.

It is just a drink that happens to have its rewards!

Taylor Hassa may be reached at thassa@springfieldcollege.edu

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