You’ll Never Believe How Many Cups of Coffee Science Says You Can Drink a Day
Whether you take your java on the go or sip a festive blend inside, over 54 percent of Americans reach for a trusty cuppa joe every single day, despite it being a healthy living faux pas. Well, faux pas or not, coffee drinkers can rejoice after Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health released a study that found people who drink three to five cups of coffee a day have a lower risk of premature death.
The study, conducted by Ming Ding and eight other Harvard TH Chan academics, analyzed three different data sources from ongoing studies that totaled over 200,000 participants. In analyzing validated food questionnaires that participants took every four years over a 30-year span, they found that moderate coffee consumption was associated with a reduced risk of death from cardiovascular disease, diabetes, neurological diseases and suicide.
According to Ding, this could be a result of the bioactive compounds in coffee that reduce insulin resistance and systematic inflammation. But the good news isn’t confined to the hard-core black coffee addicts — both caffeinated and decaffeinated coffees had the same effect on the participants.
So the next time your significant other gives you a hard time for stopping at Starbucks twice in one day, just tell them a medical journal told you it could save your life!
What do you think about coffee being a life-saver? Leave us your thoughts in the comments!
Back in January, we introduced you to a feel-good cause to inspire your New Year's resolution: a walking challenge to help raise funds for the amazing cancer fighters at The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. I took part in the challenge with the Brit + Co team and ended up walking 105+ miles in January — it was awesome.
This spring, there's a new challenge on the horizon, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Big Climb. The ask: On May 15, 2021, you can step up to take cancer down by committing to climb 1,311 steps, walking 3.2 miles, or doing 440 chair step-ups at home as part of the Big Climb. If you need some motivation to bring movement back into your daily routine — look no further!
As always, it's free to sign up, but climbers are encouraged to set a fundraising goal to help beat cancer. We'll be organizing another Brit + Co team to step up, and I hope you'll join us too! Keep scrolling for a peek at where I'll be completing the challenge in my Los Angeles neighborhood around the hidden Silver Lake Stairs. Happy climbing!
Never underestimate the power of an accountability buddy! I asked my in-laws, my partner, and a few friends to join me so we can keep each other motivated and accountable in completing the challenge — virtual high-fives all around! Also, my dog Fox is a great climber, too.
An aesthetically pleasing backdrop is a huge motivator for me! I'm fortunate to have all sorts of painted steps around my neighborhood to keep the challenge interesting, but you can also keep cool inside with at-home chair step-ups.
Don't forget to share your progress on social — #BigClimb!
Feel free to break the challenge up if you need to by tackling half the distance in the AM and half at sunset. Here's me 1,311 steps later and ready for a break — but, think I earned this one!