Healthy Living

Warm up with a cup of joe

Drinking coffee or tea may help reduce the risk of chronic liver disease in certain people. Those who may benefit from the caffeinated beverages include people who are overweight, have diabetes or have high iron levels in their blood. Maximize your morning cup with these tips.

  • Sweeten or flavor the natural way. Avoid extra sugar by choosing coffees with flavors added in the roasting process. Using honey instead of refined sugar is also a great way to cut your sugar intake and boost your immune system.
  • Try it black. By adding flavored cream or milk to coffee and tea, you are diluting the original flavor of the beans. Choose coffees or teas that come from international regions like Ethiopia or Guatemala. Each region has its own distinctive tastes due to the washing, roasting or drying processes.
  • Know when to quit. Stop drinking caffeinated beverages at least 6 hours before your usual bedtime. Or, relax in the evening with a cup of decaf or non-caffeinated tea like chamomile or lavender.
As great as coffee is, we can’t sip our way to good health. Establish care today.
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