Studies to study: Cold weather makes you slim, and coffee benefits, of course

As we were winging out way above the cold and snow that’s now blanketed the East Coast, a scroll on the airplane seat screen highlighted the following: Cold weather can make you skinnier. Because we are unusually attuned to the effects of cold, I thought I’d look a little more closely. Turns out, the study … Continue reading Studies to study: Cold weather makes you slim, and coffee benefits, of course

On coffee: ‘The potential health benefits are surprisingly large’

Another focus on all the positive health benefits of coffee for you to, um, digest. This from an online New York Times blog: When I set out to look at the research on coffee and health, I thought I’d see it being associated with some good outcomes and some bad ones, mirroring the contradictory reports … Continue reading On coffee: ‘The potential health benefits are surprisingly large’

Another study finds health benefits from coffee

We have yet another study to pass on that suggests health benefits from coffee. Science is good for some things. Like making one of your so-called bad habits not so bad. The New York Times has the rundown: Over a 20-year period, researchers periodically collected detailed information on diet, lifestyle and medical conditions in more … Continue reading Another study finds health benefits from coffee

A lesson on coffee’s benefits from the birds but mostly the bees

In our quixotic effort to convince the world, or at least the world of Ashtanga practitioners, that coffee is of fundamental value, we present this: Plant defense compounds occur in floral nectar, but their ecological role is not well understood. We provide evidence that plant compounds pharmacologically alter pollinator behavior by enhancing their memory of … Continue reading A lesson on coffee’s benefits from the birds but mostly the bees

Today is National Coffee Day! Sorry those not in the U.S.

Occasionally, in the incessant stream of commodified “holidays” — donuts, burgers, beer, tacos, dogs, cats, yoga (ahem) — one comes along that makes dealing with the rest worth the trouble. Today (Tuesday, Sept. 29), my friends, today is that day. It’s National Coffee Day (U.S. only, of course)! Here are 11 deals, courtesy the always … Continue reading Today is National Coffee Day! Sorry those not in the U.S.

Here’s your latest reason to drink coffee, and it involves your colon

Ashtanga practitioners, from my experience, can give just about any subset of people — emergency room doctors, workers in the morgue or new parents — a run for their money when it comes to a willingness, even pleasure, in discussing things that really ought not be talked about among polite society. So putting the word … Continue reading Here’s your latest reason to drink coffee, and it involves your colon

Put down that cup of coffee! We’re kidding. Drink up, as much as you want

The Atlantic is vying to be our favorite magazine. (Namarupa is still in the lead.) Here’s why: Officially, the American Medical Association recommends conservatively that “moderate tea or coffee drinking likely has no negative effect on health, as long as you live an otherwise healthy lifestyle.” That is a lackluster endorsement in light of so much recent … Continue reading Put down that cup of coffee! We’re kidding. Drink up, as much as you want

Yay! More good news about coffee drinking

I know eventually all this great science around the benefits of coffee will be undone, but I’m going to enjoy my copious cups of coffee while I can with clear conscience. A study out this week finds that coffee drinking can reduce the risk of  hepatocellular carcinoma, or HCC, the most common type of liver cancer.  From the … Continue reading Yay! More good news about coffee drinking

So, what’s your major? Coffee

That headline may one day become true. No foolin’. Last week, the extremely good folks at UC Davis — the ones who already have studied the benefits of wine and beer — announced they plan to turn their research eye to humanity’s greatest beverage of all: coffee. The Sacramento Bee gave this a nice, lengthy … Continue reading So, what’s your major? Coffee

Drink coffee, practice yoga, be superhuman

A few posts ago we highlighted the latest set of research about coffee’s potential benefits. Then, in the comments, we added that a new study out of Illinois had suggested that 20 minutes of asana practice seem to produce brain benefits. That study — link here, if you missed it — got a ton of … Continue reading Drink coffee, practice yoga, be superhuman