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FOOD FOR TAUT (SKIN): ​The Joe We All Love

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The Joe We All Love

I have a reputation for being a sleepy head. Just ask my wife! In fact, as I am writing this blog article right now, I am fighting the urge to retreat to the comfort of warm bed sheets and take a nice, long siesta right in the middle of the day. Normally, I would do just that whenever the Sandman interrupts my daily routine, and it often works. But ever since I married a caffeine addict (sorry, Love, but I mean that in the most endearing way), never have I imagined that I would crave for a cup of joe every chance I get. How the aroma of a fresh brew beckons me like a foolish little rodent under the Pied Piper’s spell!

We’ve heard it all before: coffee is good for you. But before we start accepting blanket statements, I think it is worth taking some time to really get to know one of the world’s most beloved beverages. After all, every joe still has its own flaws.

First, let’s get the obvious out of the way. Yes, coffee brings a wealth of wellness in every cup. It is most well-known for the fact that it is a rich source of antioxidants. As a result, a healthy dose of coffee helps to lower the risk of heart disease. It is also great for the liver. This is especially noteworthy if you love your alcohol. Arthur L. Klatsky published a study in 2006 saying that “Consuming coffee seems to have some protective benefits against alcoholic cirrhosis.” Whether you love your booze or include exercise in your daily regimen, coffee still has something to offer you since it is said to turn you into a better athlete. According to The New York Times, “a cup of coffee before a workout jolts athletic performance.” Caffeine increases adrenaline levels and aids in the faster breakdown of fat cells. Even after a workout, The Journal of Pain says “Two cups of coffee can cut post-workout muscle pain by up to 48%.” Another major body organ that it affects is the brain. Dr. Chuanhai Cao, a neuroscientist at the University of South Florida, said that “moderate coffee consumption can appreciably reduce your risk of Alzheimer’s or delay its onset.” In relation to this, a dose of caffeine not only keeps you awake but also makes you sharper.

There are many other perks from this “perk.” Aside from the fact that a fresh brew lowers your levels of suicide and depression by generally making you feel happier and less stressed, it also aids in digestion by increasing your fiber intake. We’ve already established how coffee reduces the risk of Alzheimer’s. In addition, healthy levels of caffeine lessen symptoms of a plethora of other diseases, such as: Parkinson’s, type II diabetes, multiple sclerosis, colorectal cancer, gout, retinal damage, periodontal disease, and melanoma. Lastly, did you know that a cup of this hot stuff has the ability to reduce the chances of getting skin cancer as well?

Now before we start praying to our coffee gods and ask them to make it rain caffeine, we should take note of some its downsides. For one, coffee can be acidic, thus cause digestive discomfort, indigestion, and heartburn. For another, as Joanna Sochan from naturimedica.com has noted, “Elevated urinary excretion minerals such as calcium, magnesium, and potassium have been noted in coffee drinkers.” If not careful, “An imbalance in the electrolyte status can lead to serious systemic complications.” Thirdly, caffeine in the system can interfere with normal drug metabolism. This may make it difficult to regulate the normal detoxification process in the liver. Finally, and perhaps the most obvious, is how coffee can be quite addictive. I don’t know about you, but headaches from caffeine withdrawal are one of the worst!

This doesn’t mean I discourage you from drinking coffee completely. In fact, perhaps it even prompts me to encourage you to take your coffee more responsibly. Again the cliché: “Too much of a good thing is a bad thing.” And as with any Joe, we all learn to love them in spite of their flaws eventually. As a toast, why don’t we all drink to our much-loved latte with this recipe of Sea Salt Cream Iced Coffee by Todd and Diane, the White on Rice Couple? Cheers!


1 cup (240ml) whipping cream

1/2 teaspoon sea salt or kosher salt [better yet, try pink salt; you can read all about its benefits here]

4 cups (960ml) strong coffee, cooled

6-8 tablespoons (75-100g) sugar, or to taste


3/4-1 cup (180-20ml) simple syrup


1.Whip the cream until slightly thickened and no large bubbles remain in the cream (don't whip it all the way to the soft peak stage). Stir in the salt and set aside.

2.Sweeten the cooled coffee to taste using either sugar or simple syrup. It should be just sweet enough to balance the saltiness of the cream.

3.Pour the coffee into glasses over ice and spoon a couple large spoonfuls of the salted cream on top. Serve and stir.











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