Coffee: Myth vs. Fact

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It’s quite a polarizing beverage. Being a Coffee Person or a Tea Person has become akin to being a Dog Person or a Cat Person. With all of the coffee rumors floating around in the universe, how can we know what’s true and what’s false? Does coffee really cause cancer? Is French Press better than using a paper filter? Does high caffeine consumption link to heart disease? WHAT’S THE TRUTH???

Myth vs. Fact 

1. Coffee causes cancer… unless you use a French Press. Then you’re ok.

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Myth.

It’s the opposite, actually. A series of recent studies on coffee show that ‘moderate caffeine consumption’ (that’s 3-5 cups per day, people) can help prevent Type 2 Diabetes, Basal Cell Carcinoma, Melanoma, Parkinson’s, Alzheimers, Liver Disease, and a slew of other medical issues! The key to good health seems to be the caffeine, so skip the decaf unless your doctor has told you otherwise. To read more about these super interesting studies, check out the video on CNN.com

2. Coffee makes me… go.

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Fact.

Coffee is a stimulant, and a side effect of stimulants is the stimulation of the bowel movements… so coffee definitely makes you go.

3. Espresso has more caffeine than a cup of regular coffee.

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Myth… sort of.

Let’s break this down. A typical shot of espresso has 64mg of caffeine. An 8 oz cup of coffee has 96mg of caffeine. So drink for drink, you’ll get less of a caffeine rush from the espresso. HOWEVER if you break it down per ounce, that’s 64mg for espresso compared to 12mg for coffee… so if you’re planning on drinking 8 oz of espresso… maybe don’t. If you’re concerned about caffeine consumption but still love the nutty, deep taste of espresso, why not trade out your cup of joe for an Americano?

4. Coffee is addictive and I can become dependent on it.

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Fact… sort of.

As we’ve said, caffeine is a stimulant and does cause ‘mild physical dependence’ according to WebMD. If you are a caffeine consumer and drink a moderate 3-5 cups per day, missing your morning coffee can cause mild, uncomfortable symptoms such as headaches, fatigue and anxiety. Although caffeine isn’t considered an addictive substance by ‘most’ experts in the field, the ‘withdrawal’ symptoms make it a borderline substance.

Picture Perfect – The Celebrity Ritual

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Celebrities have eyes on them all the time.

And there is so much pressure to be picture perfect. I mean, imagine if the paparazzi took pictures of you during your 10pm grocery store run for a tub of Ben & Jerry’s… the things they would capture on film.

So how do they do it?

Some celebrities get ‘caught’ being normal all the time. Makeup-less, sweatpants-wearing, just back from the gym sweaty people. But other celebrities (Jennifer Aniston for example) NEVER seem to take a bad photo. How is this possible?

Maintenance.

That’s right, ladies. Maintenance. Taking care of your body and taking pride in your appearance at all times. And you can do it too! Here are 5 ways to ensure you’re picture perfect at all the right moments.

1. Treat Yourself

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To an at-home facial at least once a week. Beautiful skin requires upkeep, and your skin deserves to be pampered weekly! Take 30-45 minutes to cleanse, apply a mask, massage, tone and moisturizer your face. Trust me, your skin will glow so much the next day that all the effort will be TOTALLY worth it.

2. Dress For Success

They say “dress for the job you want… not the job you have,” and whoever ‘they’ may be, I totally agree. It’s not about spending thousands of dollars on the most fashionable, off-the-runway designer wear. It’s about wearing clothes that make you feel beautiful, powerful and professional. When you’re having a bad day, dress for a good day and I promise that everything will look a little bit brighter 🙂

3. No Sweatpants

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Unless you’re going to the gym, no sweatpants in public. I know this is a hard rule to follow, but working your way into a pair of jeans or a cute skirt to go to the mall or the grocery store does more than change your appearance; it also changes the way you think about yourself. Like our grandmothers did before us, change out of your pajamas before leaving the house. You’ll thank me if you run into your ex at the dry cleaners.

4. Walk Tall

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Did you know that standing up straight can shave off the appearance of up to 10 pounds?!? It’s like an instant juice cleanse. Not only that, practicing proper posture aids with digestion, strengthens your back and abdominal muscles, and can even prevent chronic back pain. So walk tall ladies, and proudly strut your stuff!

5. Smile

You’re most beautiful when you’re happy. It’s been scientifically proven that men are drawn more to images of women smiling than of women ‘duck-face-ing’… okay the study didn’t say that exactly but you know it’s true! So when those cameras hit you, smile!

Ingredient Spotlight: Sweet Pea

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The vegetable every child hates and every adult loves; the perfect addition to fetucini alfredo.

Don’t underestimate the skin softening power of these cute little green veggies! Take a look at sweet pea’s impressive list of benefits:

  • Gives a natural glow to the skin
  • Provides antioxidant protection with flavonoids, carotenoid and alpha carotene
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Regulates blood sugar (when ingested), leading to fewer breakouts
  • Boosts collagen production with high level of vitamin C
  • Prevents hair loss

Impressed by all of the amazing things Sweet Peas can do for you, but not quite sure which products contain them? Here’s a quick list of my favorites:

For Baby

Clear Essence Baby Lotion with Sweet Pea $4.50

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For You

JUARA Clove Flower & Turmeric Serum $62

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For Your Pup!

Nootie Sweet Pea & Vanilla Dog Shampoo $13.95

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Shop To Save The Earth

Here are some other companies that are encouraging customers to ‘Shop For Good’:

Whole Foods

Check out your local store to find out what sales and donations are going on today! Each location is different 🙂

American Eagle Outfitters

Bring your old jeans into the store to be recycled today and get 20% off a new pair!

J Crew

Save the Bees! Purchase a Save The Bees T-shirt and 50% of the sale will go to the Xerces Society.

No Nonsense

Recycle your used/ripped tights with No Nonsense!

Arbor Day Foundation

Join the Arbor Day Foundation and they will send you 10 trees to plant in your yard. Yay new landscaping!

Beauty Kind

5% of your purchase always goes to a charity of your choice when you shop on this amazing beauty site, so why not donate to the NRDC today!