Coffee’s kudos have been pouring in — get it? — with research showing that it may help to prevent dementia, type 2 diabetes, and liver cancer. But if even small amounts of java give you the jitters by day and keep you up at night, listen to your body. For starters, good sleep is essential for good health. And for a subset of people with a certain genetic variation, known as “slow caffeine metabolizers,” drinking too much coffee may increase the risk of heart trouble. If you get overly amped from a cup o’ joe, start with something more mellow in the morning. No, we’re not recommending wine with your waffles (save it for dinner). As it turns out, you can get many of coffee’s health benefits without the buzz. Decaf appears to protect the liver just as well as regular — and may still help prevent type 2 diabetes.
“The body never lies.” Martha Graham