6 Ways To Make Your Morning Coffee Routine Healthier

If you’re favourite part of waking up is a warm, steamy brew in your cup, then you’re in luck. With its high level of antioxidants and essential nutrients such as riboflavin, pantothenic acid, manganese and potassium, coffee can be a healthy addition to your diet. Regular coffee consumption has even been linked to a reduced risk of Type 2 diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease and some types of cancer. Maximize the health benefits you receive from your daily cup of joe by following these six tips:

1. Make your own.

Making your coffee at home will help you avoid the temptation of the unhealthy options served up at your local coffee shop. A 16oz Starbucks Cinnamon Dolce Frappuccino has a whopping 380 calories, 14g of fat, and 58g of sugar, not to mention a whole host of highly processed ingredients.

That sweet indulgence may give you an initial lift, but will most likely leave your energy levels lagging as your body experiences the after effects of a sugar spike. Setting up your own coffee bar in your kitchen with a variety of different roasts and healthy add-ins, lets you control the nutritional content of your daily coffee and has the added benefit of saving money!

2. Use filtered water.

Since the average cup of coffee is 98.75% water, it’s important to make sure that you use the purest water possible in your fresh brew. Filtering your water helps remove all sorts of unwanted substances, such as arsenic, lead and heavy metals like mercury. To reduce the risk of the health issues associated with developing a build up of these substances in the body, install a filtered water tap in your kitchen, purchase bottled water that has been properly filtered, or invest in a pitcher with a built-in water filter. Not only will using filtered water in your coffee be healthier, it will also reduce the chlorine levels in your water, which will mean tastier coffee, too!

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