Spent Coffee Grounds: Trash to Treasure

Nothing goes down as good as a morning coffee; the caffeine hit, the eye-opener from a late night, for whatever reason you enjoy your coffee, know that those spend grounds you’re throwing out can be put to great uses, from benefiting yourself to benefitting the environment. Speculations about how great fresh coffee is for your body have just lengthened!

How to get the most out of your spent coffee beans;

Your Body
   Body Scrub
Coffee grounds are abrasive for quality cleaning and exfoliation, however mild enough to not damage skin. Good for blood circulation and fat metabolism, the grounds will also fight cellulite. Mix a handful of coffee ground with olive oil or coconut oil for a scrumptious body scrub, leave for 10mins, and shower as normal.

   Face Wash
Struggling to find a scrub without chemicals? Coffee grounds are the answer; mix in some coffee ground with your facewash and massage as normal. The caffeine will overthrow those dark eye circles.

   Hand Wash
Often cook with garlic, onion or fish and have the odour left behind on your hands? Scrub with coffee grounds and smell the difference.

In The House
   
Deodoriser
Being absorbent, coffee grounds make a great deodoriser for your home or fridge; place a few spoonful’s in a bowl to keep your fridge and/or freezer fresh.

   Cleaning your dishes
As an absorber, coffee grounds will help remove grease and food stuck on pots and pans. Add a teaspoon to your frypan before washing to absorb grease and oils.

   DIY candle
I know you have a heap of candles that have almost no wax left. Why not melt them down and add some coffee grounds for a great aroma in the home?

Outdoors
   Compost
Coffee ground provides nitrogen needed for healthy soil; add some more green and brown matter for a healthy compost heap.

   Garden
Starting a garden? Coffee is great for fertilizing your garden as it is nitrogen-rich. In addition they also repel pests being a chemical free pesticide = win-win!

Who knew there were so many possibilities to spent coffee grounds! Now where’s that coffee so I can begin trying some of these ways to recycle my coffee grounds?

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Can Coffee consumption really reduce Type II Diabetes risk?

A healthy diet, low sugar and refined carbs has been proved the most effective measure to treat and/or reduce type 2 diabetes risk, however most research shows Coffee consumption may prevent, treat and even reverse the effects of type 2 diabetes.

With a flood of studies exploring the link between coffee consumption and type 2 diabetes risk, and in light of National Diabetes Day celebrated on November 14th (Aus) we’re bringing you the facts;

Long-term research has found that;

  • Coffee drinkers have lower sugar and insulin levels
  • Long-term coffee drinkers are 23% – 54% less likely to develop diabetes, compared to non-coffee drinkers, lifestyle factors included.
  • For each daily cup of coffee consumed, type 2 diabetes risk decreased by 9%, and 6% with Decaf.
  • People who increased their consumption by one cup saw an 11% decrease in risk, but those who decreased consumption by one cup saw a 17% increase in risk.
  • Coffee consumption does not increase type 2 diabetes risks, or even the risk of obesity in the staunchest of coffee drinkers.

You would agree that these are remarkable findings, the reasoning;

  • The reason coffee drinkers are less likely to develop diabetes is because coffee has an inflammation lowering-effect on the body; higher coffee consumption is connected to lower amyloid levels (inflammation marker in blood).
  •  Coffee has more antioxidants than fruits and vegetables combined, making it one of the healthiest beverages on the planet. 
  • The caffeine in coffee makes in a natural fat-burner, a natural resources proven for fat loss (that’s why almost every commercial fat burner includes it!). Although effects may diminish over time with long-term coffee drinkers, caffeine burns fat up to 10% in obese people and 29% in leaner people.

The Bottom Line

  • Regular coffee is better than Decaf
  • Learn to drink it black to experience the full benefits and antioxidants.

 

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