Most of us would like to kickstart our day with a nice hot coffee. But who can blame us, right? The rich aroma is beneficial to wake up our senses. It’s our fuel for the day, to say the least.
You have probably read a lot of articles on how coffee can make us healthier. But did you know that it can also generally lengthen our lives? That is if you prepare your coffee the right way. The question now is, how are you going to do that?
Making a healthier coffee
According to a study, filtered coffee is the best way to go. Unfiltered ones can actually cause increased blood pressure. When you use a filter, you are minimizing the risk of a heart attack. Of course, we understand that this might not sit well for those who love to prepare their coffee using the French press. However, those who boil or french press their coffee are at risk of having heart diseases.
Unfiltered coffee is known to contain significant amounts of cafestol and kahweol. These are responsible for raising triglyceride levels and LDL cholesterol levels.
Overview of the study
The study followed more than half a million Norweigan who are considered healthy. They were observed for 20 years. The participants are between the ages of 20 to 70. It showed that people who drank one to four cups of filtered coffee per day had the lowest mortality rate.
Although, drinking unfiltered coffee is healthier than not drinking coffee at all.
What can filtered coffee do to our bodies?
There are more reasons to start your day with filtered coffee.
- Keeps you focused
- Improves mood
- Better physical performance
But of course, we are not saying that everyone should drink coffee. It still depends on how your body will react. For example, those who are having trouble sleeping should avoid coffee hours before bedtime. In addition, you must also take into consideration if you’re at risk for fractures. Pregnant women should also lessen their coffee consumption as it is said to cause preterm births.
And another tip. Try to not put sugar in your coffee. Just drink it filtered and plain – and it should do you good.
Filtering your coffee
In case you don’t have a coffee filter, what are the best substitutes?
What’s good about using paper towels is that it doesn’t just filter coffee grounds, it’s also effective from keeping oily substances from your morning fix.
Yes! You read that right. Socks can be good alternatives for your paper coffee filter. Just place a clean sock (of course) on your mug, add the coffee grounds, pour the hot water, and you are good to go.
We have to be cautious with whatever we consume today. This includes beverages. It’s important to stay healthy given the pandemic that apparently terrorizes the entire world. Simple filtering of your coffee can do so much. And yes, you can use alternatives that you already have right at the comforts of your home.