Maybe you think that this is a slow day here on our site, or that I am mixing business and pleasure. Not so! I plan to regularly talk about health issues here. Nobody can be an effective teacher without being in reasonably good health.
While my title may be a stretch, the truth is that modern research is showing that coffee is actually good for you in a variety of ways. So, next time you are deciding whether to brew a pot in the teacher’s lounge, think of the health benefits of coffee.
Coffee increases focus. Coffee is a stimulant, like Ritalin. A cup of coffee will give you some mental and physical focus. This is one reason why I tend to support allowing high school students to drink it, if they can do it without being too messy.
In addition to helping with focus, coffee, according to research:
– lowers the risk of Parkinson’s disease
– lowers the risk of asthma
– lowers the risk of getting headaches.
Coffee drinkers are at a 20% lower risk of having a stroke. Drinking that delicious brew also helps prevent Alzheimer’s disease and Type-2 Diabetes.
Got Gallstones? Coffee reduces the chance of getting those by 50%. Liver Cirrhosis?
And what about coffee and colon cancer? Coffee drinkers have a 25% reduced risk of developing this deadly form of cancer.
Finally, coffee has been shown to help prevent depression, and regular coffee drinkers such as myself have lower rates of suicide. Just don’t take my coffee, and the homicide rate may rise.