Around the world the date noted can vary from the 28th of September to October 1. Here in the US we celebrate on September 29. Some coffee houses offer a free coffee drink from September 28-October 1, so check your local shop to see when they may be offering the freebie.
Whether you are or not a coffee drinker, you may want to know the benefits of coffee beyond a cuppa Joe in the morning. It not only gives us a jolt to start the day, but it has some other very powerful and convincing benefits.
Coffee has antioxidant properties, with espresso coffee having the most concentration. Even the coffee grounds are loaded with antioxidants that are beneficial to our skin as an exfoliant that can help with acne prone skin or the occasional outbreak of pimples. It helps remove the oily dirt that collects in the pores and reduce the pore size to help prevent those outbreaks and tighten skin to reduce fine lines and wrinkles. Additionally, adding some coffee grounds to your plant soil can keep it fresh and slowly release the acids that plants love. Two to three cups of coffee per day has been scientifically proven to improve memory, so if you have a big exam coming up, or a dissertation, coffee can boost the memory to help recall the vital information necessary. Studies are being done in Alzheimer patients and results have been very positive in helping to invoke memory and control the onset of early symptoms.
A little coffee added to chocolate drinks, chocolate baked goods, brings out the chocolate flavor, while providing the antioxidants necessary to control the damaging molecules from free radicals in our environment, such as pollution and our own body mechanism that creates the molecules when breaking down medications, and when breaking down sugars in the digestive system. In turn, the antioxidants help prevent blood vessel diseases, some cancers, arthritis symptoms and Alzheimer's Disease.
We get most of our antioxidants from fruits and vegetables, however, those of us that do not eat our daily requirement of those foods are missing out on the benefits. We also obtain antioxidants from Vitamins C and E, but again, unless you're eating foods rich in those vitamins then you are likely not getting enough of the antioxidants in the diet. Red Wine, Tea and Coffee all provide antioxidants to assist the body in controlling the free radicals. Those antioxidants can help improve the condition of the skin, hair and overall vitality of our bodies.
Simple coffee facials, scrubs, balms and masks can help control the free radicals from the outside, while healthy antioxidant foods will help from the inside. If you enjoy cocktails, the liqueur's made from coffee are a good option. And the best part is you can make your own antioxidant skin products, liqueur's and your own hot or cold brew to drink, reserving the grounds for other beneficial purposes. So don't throw away your grounds. Cold brew espresso grounds offer the most antioxidants, plus, cold brew is smoother to drink without the bitterness that often occurs with hot brew, because the oils and acids are left in the grounds, not in the coffee liquid. Cold brew can also be heated or used in cold coffee drinks and you can even make ice cubes with any left over coffee, either to add to a cold beverage or to use to reduce inflammation or swelling on the skin.
As you see even if you are not a devout coffee drinker, there are ways to use coffee and the grounds for other beneficial purposes and those that do not drink coffee can still benefit with a few simple ways to use it without having to drink it. Below you will find links for do-it-yourself coffee projects, so you can celebrate National Coffee Day from the inside and the outside.
To make your own Cold Brew, refer to the link:
To make your own Coffee Facial scrub or mask , refer to the link:
To make your own Specialty Coffee Beverage Mix, refer to the link:
To make your own Coffee Liqueur, refer to the link:
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