Drinking Coffee Tips for the Elderly

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To all the elderly coffee lovers, you should feel happier because you can now enjoy your coffee, thinking that it can help protect your body against diseases. There are actually some studies that can prove the health benefits of coffee. However, to those who do not drink coffee, it is not too late to start after reading this article!

I. According to some studies, drinking coffee can help prevent diseases such as:

  1. Depression

From 45 to 60, people are more likely to get down in the dumps, and it is estimated that 4.1 percent of them, especially in the United States, are prone to clinical depression.

In 2011, a study on drinking coffee led by Harvard revealed a 20 percent reduction in risk of getting depression among women whose daily lifestyle includes drinking four cups or even more.

  1. Type II Diabetes

Type II Diabetes is common among 90% to 95% of diabetic adults. On 1 meta-study, over 450,000 persons were observed, and it was discovered that drinking even just a single cup can help lower their chances of getting Type II Diabetes by 7%.

  1. Cancer

From 51 onwards, adults are more likely to be affected by colorectal or liver cancer. One study reveals that there is a risk reduction of developing colorectal cancer among people whose daily lifestyle includes drinking coffee, from 4-5 cups. In addition, based on studies, drinking coffee can decrease an individual’s chances of getting liver cancer by 40 percent. More studies reveal that 4 cups and even more than that amount of coffee can also minimize an individual’s risk of developing cirrhosis by 80%.

  1. Parkinson’s

Parkinson’s is a neurodegenerative type of disease that is characterized by impairment of body movements that is more likely to occur when some brain neurons stop functioning. Fortunately, drinking coffee can help keep the onset of Parkinson’s at bay. Studies reveal that caffeine may help minimize chances of developing Parkinson’s by 60%.

  1. Alzheimer’s

The neurodegenerative Alzheimer’s disease is present around the world. It also mainly contributes to dementia. The good news, however, is that the onset of these two diseases is reduced by 65 percent, especially among coffee drinkers, according to studies.

Source: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10914439


II. Guide to Prepare the Perfect Coffee Cup

  1. Opt for Quality Coffee

The quality of coffee really matters, so it is important that you choose only the best. You can really expect a lot from coffees that originated from famous estates, regions or countries that specialize in producing quality coffees. Your best option should be the Arabica beans since they come in many different flavors. On the other hand, the Robusta beans do not only contain more amounts of caffeine, but their flavors are not that pleasant at all.

  1. Pick the Fresh Ones

To get fresh coffee beans, get your beans from your local area or better yet roast the beans yourself. That way you are sure that they are really fresh since you are using beans that you’ve just recently roasted. Beans that are sold at a supermarket are exposed to lights and oxygen. As a result, the beans tend to lose their original fresh flavor. Moreover, get the ones that are stored in well-sealed containers.

  1. Utilize Dirt-Free Devices

It is also very important that the coffeemakers, grinders or containers that you use are always free from any dirt or greasy debris, otherwise you will drink an unclean coffee. Observe proper maintenance on your devices on a weekly basis if possible to avoid any dirt from accumulating. You may also use a specific coffee device cleaner to thoroughly clean your devices.

  1. Preserve the Beans Well

You deserve to drink quality fresh coffee beans, which you can only achieve when you try to use containers that do not allow air to pass through. Examples of such containers include glass jars used for canning purposes or ceramic crocks used for storage purposes. Don’t put the beans in the fridge to prevent them from absorbing any odors or moisture inside the fridge. Ideally, get a new bag of beans each week.

  1. Fix It Yourself

Coffee beans tend to partly lose their original characteristics right after you grind them. So, if you do not want to miss their original characteristics totally, you could get the best quality coffee when you use a portable grinder in the comfort of your own home.

  1. Avoid Preparing Little Amounts

Using little amounts of beans is not actually recommended. You might want to save on your supply, but you are actually not getting the best coffee taste when you do that since the taste actually becomes bitter. Be sure to use enough amounts of beans to get your desired taste.

  1. Use a Specific Type of Water

You should not consider the chlorinated water you get from the tap as this can only make your coffee taste worse. However, if you want to use water from your tap, your tap should have an activated-charcoal filter. Select the kind of water that still contains some minerals unlike the distilled or softened alternative. Spring water in bottles can help create the perfect coffee.

  1. Shun Low-Cost Filters

The quality of the filters depends on the price. When you buy high-end filters, you can expect to drink superior quality coffee. However, when you get low-cost filters, you will only be dissatisfied with the taste. When you select the filters, consider the ones which say “dioxin-free” or “oxygen-bleached” on their labels. The gold-plated ones are also recommended in order to get the best flavor.

  1. Check the Temperature Carefully

If the temperature of the water that you use for your coffee is very hot, the taste inevitably becomes bitter. Make sure that the beans are brewed at 200 degrees Fahrenheit. You should take note, however, that the flavor can only last for a limited period of time after brewing the beans. Too much exposure to heat can spoil the flavor of any coffee, regardless of its quality. So, use the right temperature.

Preparing a cup of your favorite coffee is certainly a very simple thing to do. What’s more, when you consider the tips mentioned in this article, one thing is for sure, that is, you will not only savor a great-tasting coffee but will also experience its health benefits the next time you drink your morning coffee.

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