Uses for Coffee or Tea

Coffee Helps You Become and Stay Fit

You have heard it for years. Personal trainers practice it diligently and so do bodybuilders. It helps your workout making you more effective. What is this miracle substance? Coffee. Plain and simple, coffee has remained a sort of “supplement” of choice among fitness buffs to become fit and maintain fitness.

Coffee is very effective when consumed just before a workout according to research by Dr. Robert Motl of the University of Illinois. It helps to block muscle fatigue symptoms, alowing you to do more and push yourself that extra mile.   Its important to remember to also consume enough water during your workout and the rest of your day to counter the fact that coffee is a diuretic.

Go ahead, drink up, workout hard and become fitter with less pain.

Coffee Cures Cellulite

Women have fought to get rid of cellulite for years.  Now it seems that there is a way to rid yourself of the unsightly stuff.  Coffee!!!.  That’s right, plain, caffeinated coffee.

Putting coffee on your skin seems to reduce cellulite, or at the very least, the appearance of it.  Cosmetic companies have caught on to this and are now using coffee and/or caffiene in some of their anti-cellulite creams.  Look for it on the label.  Of course, you can also use coffee grounds to get the same effect, but it is much more messy than the creams, which can be expensive. 

If you choose to use coffee grounds, its important to do so at least 3 times a week to acheive and maintain the desired results.  To do the treatment with coffee grounds, apply warm coffee grounds all over your body and massage it in. Then you wrap yourself in plastic wrap for twenty minutes. 

So how does this work? 

The caffeine in coffee is the secret.  Caffeine helps widen the blood vessel of the body and stimulates the fat cells, breaking them down. Warning though, if you drink huge amounts of coffee daily, your cellulite could look worse. It seems that caffeine when ingested promotes more cellulite formation.  Topical application of caffeine does not have this effect.

The rule of thumb when it comes to cellulite?  Slather the coffee on and keep it comming for cellulite free thighs.

Coffee May Prevent Skin Cancer?

We all know about the benefits of coffee.  Perhaps the best known one is to keep up awake.  Recently studies have shown coffees effect on internal organs, even helping to prevent certain kinds of cancers.  Skin caner is now being added to the list of ailments that a cup a day might prevent or, in the unfortunate case that you do have it, help to fight the disease.

Coffee may be helpful as a drink or a rub in an effort to help protect you against skin caner according to a report made by WBAL-TV.

To read the article, check out

http://www.clickondetroit.com/health/19501372/detail.html

Coffee Can’t Hurt, Might Help

There is always ongoing research as to how coffee effects the body.  Coffee used to get a bad wrap, but not anymore.   Studies show that it couldprotect against diabetes,  heart disease and stroke, liver cancer, cirrhosis and Parkinson’s disease.   Coffee is also helpful for athletes to help them achieve the optimum in performance. 

 Why did earlier studies not show this?  Perhaps it is because many coffee drinkers also smoke which skewed the previous tests on coffee.  It is important to account for all factors when doing medical research so that you can truly evaluate the specific thing that you are testing, in this case, coffee.

For more information and to read the full story, check out the following link.  

 http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/health/la-he-coffee18-2009may18,0,2647860.column?track=rss

This article was written by Judy Forman.  You can check out her site at www.myhealthsense.com

13 Good Uses for Coffee Beans and Coffee Grounds

I am always searching for good ideas for using coffee or the beans other than drinking. Here are three that I found today. Bean bag filler? I think not. Imagine what that could cost a person.

Coffee Beans

1. Freshen your breath
What to do when you’re all out of breath mints? Just suck on a coffee bean for a while and your mouth will smell clean and fresh again.

2. Remove foul odor from hands
If your hands smell of garlic, fish or other strong foods you’ve been handling, a few coffee beans may be all you need to get rid of the odor. Put the beans in your hands and rub them together. The oil released from the coffee beans will absorb the foul smell. When the odor is gone, wash your hands in warm, soapy water.

3. Fill a beanbag
They don’t call them beanbags for nothing. Coffee beans are ideal as beanbag filler, but with the price of coffee nowadays it’s a good idea to wait for a sale and then buy the cheapest beans available.

Coffee Grounds

1. Coffee can be used as an odor neutraliser if there is a powercut & the food in the freezer defrosts & goes off, simply fill a bowl or two with new or used coffee & leave in the freezer over night.

2. When it comes to cleaning/sweeping out open fires sprinkle some used coffee grounds over the hearth or wherever you have to clean & it will sweep up easier & stop the coal dust from rising up in your room so better for environment.

3. Gardeners if you grow carrots add some coffee to your seeds before sowing, not only does this make the seeds easier to sow, the smell also repels root maggots & other pests allowing for thicker juicy carrots.

4. Many people take exception to neighbors cats using their garden or yard as a toilet, a mixture of used coffee grounds and & orange peel put round plants and in beds you want left alone will provide a pungent smell that cats do not like and so will find someone else’s garden to use.

5. To get rid of ants put used coffee grounds onto the ant hills, this will have to be done for each hill as the pesky things will move to another home.

6. Fishermen, when transporting maggots & worms put them in a container with moist coffee grounds & they will be easier to pick up when you need them & they also like coffee as much as we do so it will make them live longer too.

7. Kitchen drains tend to get smelly, simply get a cup of coffee grounds and tip down the plughole making sure you tip a kettle of boiling water down slowly & leave to work on the odours

8. For a quick fix on fabrics soak garment in strong black unsugared coffee, this is an inexpensive way to dye clothes brown in an emergency but remember it will not be colour fast.

9. Coffee grounds can be used to clean any stain resistant surface, it has a mild & gentle abrasive element & smells fresh too, particularly good for smelly ashtrays and greasy surfaces.

10. To help plants to flourish add coffee to your soil, this is best done in small amounts of soil so you can add 1 cup of lime to balance acidity if need be, another way is to empty it straight onto your compost pile with other kitchen waste.

Stumble it!

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A Couple of Coffee Tips and Tricks

Thought I would enter Daily Blog Tips contest. I read them every few days and missed the last one. Stop by and give em a visit. It is a good blog with valuable information and help.

Getting out a coffee stain: There are two ways. First off, as silly as it may seem, pour more ‘hot’ coffee on the stain and rinse out immediately. It should come right out. :D Second, take baking soda and a tooth brush and slightly dampen the toothbrush. Dab the toothbrush in the baking soda and gently scrub the stain. This should also have a positive effect. Or you could just mix one teaspoon of white vinegar in one quart of cold water and put on stain to remove it.

A couple of things I want to touch on quickly. Steaming milk. For heaven’s sake do NOT get milk too hot when steaming. It will curdle in your espresso and also cause the foam to break down about as soon as it gets into the cup. #2 issue is cup towels. Do NOT place a towel on the area where the cups are. This prevents steam from being released on your espresso machine thus causing it to produce an over heated shot.

That is all. Hope these little tidbits helped some of you.

My Face and the Caffeinated Coffee Bean

Thought I would share a little tip with you. In order to relieve puffiness, make fine lines appear smaller, (some times even big lines), and give my face an over-all pick-me-up, I sometimes coat my face in home-made coffee masks and make caffeinated astringents.

You can exfoliate with espresso-ground coffee beans by mixing (this is how I do it) them with a bit of Noxema or other non-greasy face cleanser. You can also mix very strong brewed (cooled) coffee with alcohol and use as an astringent that will actually perk you up!

It is possible that coffee can protect against sun damage as well. Caffeine dehydrates fat cells and acts as a mild diuretic. It can be put into eye gels as a vasoconstrictor, to temporarily tighten skin and diminish dark circles. Some eye gels actually have caffeine already in them.

Caffeine also acts as an antioxidant to the skin. Not to shabby for a bean.

Try it out. Report back with your thoughts. Personally, I love having coffee all over me. lol

Stomping Grounds Beverage Company Espresso Latte Review

image © Stomping Grounds Espresso Latte

Stomping Grounds was nice enough to provide me with some of their product to taste and review and I would like to thank them. Today I’ll be reviewing their pre-packaged, all natural, espresso latte concentrates in flavors vanilla and espresso.

Coffee, Use it to Boost Conversation!

Have you ever considered your coffee cup to be a topic starter or ice breaker? You should.

I’ve found that nothing quite relaxes me more than being able to sit and enjoy a cup of good coffee. I have also noticed that conversation seems to take on new meaning when sitting with someone else who also enjoys that cup of Joe.

Coffee, though it can make a person tense, can also even out an irritating mood or angry feelings. Say for instance you and your make are having a disagreement. Jump in the car and go to your local coffee shop or coffee bar, sit, relax, and talk things over with a good cup of java. It is truly an ice breaker.

Yet Another Use for Used Coffee Grounds

Another use for coffee groundsSo… I read this morning where you can also use ‘dried’ coffee grounds for a sweeping compound. Like you would chat. In a garage would be good. Spread dried coffee grounds over an oil slick and let it absorb it then sweep it up. Don’t know how well this would work but it’s worth a shot if you have a lot of used grounds lying around the house. You have to let them dry before storing them though. Just a thought.

Coffee Grounds Compost

coffee gounds as compost and fertilizerDid you know that you can save used coffee grounds and use them to feed and fertilize your indoor plants or anything you grow in an outside garden?

It’s easy to do. Save them up and then pick out your plant and spread them around the base of the plant just before it rains or you are going to water. It allows for a slow release of nitrogen.

You may also add to an already exisiting compost pile to increase the nitrogen content of the compost.