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I’m Throwing Away My Heating Blanket This Winter

Clean eating and using natural bath and body products are common ways eco-minded people try to keep toxins out of their bodies, but what about the air that we breathe? Good indoor air quality is an easy way to safeguard our health. Cold winter weather poses challenges to keeping our indoor air clean and healthy but these easy tips can help.

1. Air out your home on a daily basis, even if it is chilly outside. Off-gassing, cooking exhaust and other onerous fumes escape into the air in your home and build up over time. Opening your windows once a day, even for just a minute, whisks away stagnant air and brings in fresh, cleaner air. Most people do not want to do this in the winter months because of the cold. If this is a concern, wait to air out your home until the evening, right before you go to bed. Most people turn their thermostats down in the evening to save energy. Moreover, many people report sleeping better in a slightly cooler room and bundling up in extra blankets.
2. Choose eco-friendly home furnishings that do not off-gas VOCs into your home. One contributor to poor indoor air quality is our home furnishings. Mattresses, couches, carpet, rugs, and other textiles are often doused in flame retardants and slathered in adhesives that can off-gas into our homes. To verify the environmental claims of home furnishing manufacturers, many certification programs have emerged. The gold standard of the industry is Greenguard Gold, which has remarkably rigorous requirements for a piece of furniture to receive its prestigious seal.
3. Wait to purchase new home furnishings and until the weather is in the 70s. Eco-friendly home furnishings with the Greenguard Gold seal are admittedly much more expensive than their conventional alternatives. If this is not in your budget and you find yourself in need of new furniture, wait to purchase these items until the weather is at a temperature where you feel comfortable keeping your windows open most of the day. Conventional furniture and rugs off-gas a lot during the first month after they are opened, so make sure to keep your windows open as much as you can during that period.
4. Save home remodeling projects for temperate weather. Remodeling projects have a way of stirring up dust and debris, which can contribute to poor indoor air quality. Save your remodeling projects for warm weather, when you can properly ventilate your home and get rid of the dust, fumes and debris that inevitably come with such a project.
5. Don’t forget the power of houseplants. Many people enjoy the beauty of a living thing in their home but their benefits go beyond the aesthetic; NASA’s clean air study found that a myriad of plants can actually clean the air! They have found that certain plants can remove benzene, formaldehyde, ammonia and other problematic toxins.The most powerful plants on their list include the peace lily, chrysanthemum, bamboo palm and English ivy.

What tips do you have for other eco-minded people who want to improve their indoor air quality?

Leslie Fischer is the founder of www.sustainableslumber.com, a website dedicated to helping eco-minded people get a good night’s sleep.
Easy Ways to Improve Indoor Air Quality this Winter
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Men wearing jewelry was once considered to be taboo. Luckily, we are in a time where women and men can feel free to be who they want to be, wear what they want to wear and do what they want to do (for the most part) without the fear that they won't be accepted by society. 

We've put together a short but sweet list of 5 incredible pieces of sweatshop-free, high-quality male jewelry that any guy would LOVE to rock. 

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1) Mister Gatti Necklace

Mister Gatti Necklace - Antique

Photo credit: https://mrsfc.com | Mister



 

A hot rod for your hot rod. This high-grade alloy necklace screams masculinity and style like no other necklace.  

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2) The Classic Koa Wood Inlay Ring

The Classic Koa Wood Inlay Ring

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This diverse and sophisticated band is made with sustainably sourced titanium and wood. The inside is engraved by laser with the Hawaiian Island chain and carries a lifetime warranty. This makes for a great wedding band or can be worn as a fashionable men's ring for any occasion. The best part (Yes, there is more!) is that a portion of each sale is donated to nonprofit organizations working towards establishing sustainable native forests in Hawaii.  

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3) Mister Axle Feather Bracelet

Men's feather bracelet

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This handsome Axle Feather Bracelet is cast using high-grade stainless steel and is finished using an advanced ion bonding technique to ensure long lasting durability & resistance. This bracelet is built tough!

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4) Mister Key Bracelet

Mister Key Bracelet

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There is something extremely sexy about these bracelets; perhaps it has to do with them resembling stylish handcuffs. This bracelet would look great layered with another bracelet. Like all of the others in this blog, this cuff comes in a variety of colors to choose from.  

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5) Mister Feather Ring

Mister Feather Ring

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Rings are one of the hardest pieces of jewellery for men to pull off. This high-quality ring is so unique, full of detail and allows any guy to dress up his fingers in style! Why not match this ring with the feather bracelet above for a complete look?

Guys, don't be afraid to add a little dazzle to your wardrobe. If you wear a suit to work or a sleeve of tattoos, there are some awesome pieces of male jewelry that would compliment your style and personality. If you need help shopping, please feel free to reach out and we'd love to act as your personal shopper! Remember, real men go green! ;)

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5 Unique Pieces of Fair Trade Jewelry for Men
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The winter holidays will soon rush in and the wonderful season of gift giving will begin. This year, why not shop for eco and socially conscious gifts that will keep on giving all year long! Whether it's for that eco-chic person in your life or you want to be conscientious with the gifts you give this year, our green gift guide has something for all of the loved ones in your life.

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A Little Something for Baby

Holiday gifts for babies

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Friends or family recently welcome a new bundle of joy into the world? Give that little nugget some love with Earth Mama Angel Baby Personal Care Kit. The thing about gifting these natural personal care products for baby means you're gifting mom and dad too - when baby is soothed and happy, so are the parents.

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Dog Lover’s Luxe Kit for your Furry Friend

Christmas gifts for dogs

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Dogs deserve green goods too. Gift your pet with treats and toys that were not only ethically made with green and sustainable products, but ones that will treat their health as well. The Doggie Dream Kit is perfect to give your dog a sudsy bath, dental care, natural jerky to snack on, natural insect repellant for when you hike or take your pup camping and of course, eco-clean up poo-poo bags included too! Woof! 

PS: We also have one for cats too! Check out The Purrrfect Cat Kit

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For the Home

Salt lamps

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Illuminate someone's space all year long with salt lamps. We're all trying to reduce the amount of toxins in our homes and work spaces. Many of us could be working in an old building where toxins linger or we simply want to increase the healthy vibration of the office. For some of us, we want to welcome naturally detoxifying, yet beautifully curated tangible objects into our living spaces. We love salt lamps to brighten up your space and energy. Find the one that calls to your friend or family's space and maybe even gift yourself while you're at it!

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A Beauty Box

Eco-friendly beauty gifts

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A glowing complexion with beauty care that is good for the earth. We all have a fashionista to gift or just someone who knows how important good, clean, skin and beauty care is for their bodies and the planets. Something for your more au naturel friend is Andalou's Brightening Kit. Featuring an array of facial care products that will help give that glow, this kits includes masks, lotions, serums and creams.

Also available are the Andalou Naturals Get Started Clarifying 5 Piece Kit  and the Andalou Naturals Get Started Age Defying - 5 Piece Kit

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For Tea Lovers

Gifts for tea lovers

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We can’t blame those who are obsessed with this ancient drink. It’s been used since the beginning of time as a natural remedy for all types of ailments. Tea can pick you up in the morning and help to relax you at night, all while providing a pleasing taste to the pallet. What better way to spread holiday cheer than by gifting a set of delicious and organic tea to your friends, family and co-workers?

Luckily The Green Life offers over 600 different types of tea for you to try; we have something for everyone!

Cool Shopping Tip: Choose a set of teas and create a subscription so that the teas will be delivered the same time every month (or however frequently you’d like them to come). Subscriptions are super easy to create, edit and cancel. Plus, you save 5% on every subscription!

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Holiday Love for Coworkers

Gift ideas for co-workers

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Want to send the message of appreciation to your coworkers? Spread some green love with beautiful candles that are non-toxic so they're safe for the environment and your lungs.  An affordable, yet thoughtful way to share the gratitude vibe all year long. 

Check out our Green Living Guide for more suggestions on removing chemicals and toxins from your living and work spaces and enjoy the holiday season ahead by helping others go green!


Our Holiday Guide to Gifting Green This Year (We Have Something for Everyone)
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Today's households are much safer and more hygienic than the homes our ancestors kept in previous centuries. Thanks to stricter laws, technological advancements, and greater awareness of certain health and safety risks, our household products are now required to pass certain tests and include certain labels in order to be sold in the United States. But if you think that means every ingredient is safe, think again.

Unfortunately, some of the same chemicals that allow companies to pass these tests – such as flame-retardants that prevent flammability risks and plastics that increase durability and prevent injury – are also toxins that can cause devastating side effects in large doses. You probably already know that organic produce is grown without pesticides and other harsh chemicals, but what about the ingredients used for your shampoo – or the container in which it comes?

We know how important it is to protect your family from anything that might make them sick. Your home should be a safe space, not a collection of particles and vapors that could invade your family's bodies and affect their metabolism, immune system, and more. Take a look at three of the most common household toxins, which may already be lurking in your cabinets and closets right now.

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Phthalates in Non-Organic Personal Care Products

Toxic beauty products

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Phthalates are chemicals that can "plasticize", or make plastics more flexible and durable. Because they're so useful in maintaining hard but flexible textures, they're versatile chemicals that can be found everywhere from nail polish and garden hoses to the PVC bottles that contain your cleaning products. But despite their versatility, these chemicals can have adverse effects.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), phthalate exposure is already widespread in the United States, and women are more likely to have high levels from body wash, shampoo, soap, makeup, and other personal care products that may contain these harsh plasticizers. That's important, because laboratory tests have already connected phthalate metabolites with reproductive problems in animals.

Beauty products aren't the only common household products with high phthalate counts. Most human exposure actually comes from foods and beverages that were contaminated by plastic containers, which send phthalates through the metabolic process and into the urine. Children also face higher risks of ingesting vapor or dust that contains phthalates, because they touch their hands to their mouths more often.

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Carcinogens in Hair Dye

Natural hair dye

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Hair dye is another personal care product that may contain harmful toxins. The American Cancer Society explains that temporary hair dye doesn't actually penetrate the hair shaft, but semi-permanent and permanent dyes cause lasting changes, so their chemical content is more significant. Unfortunately, these dyes have long been linked to cancer, especially bladder and blood cancers.

If you dye your hair darker, your risks may be greater. Common coloring agents such as phenols and aromatic amines are more abundant in darker dyes, and they have also been linked to increased cancer risks. Though no direct correlations have been proven and laboratory animals had to directly ingest them, it's still important to avoid coloring products that are loaded with these artificial ingredients.

For safe and vibrant color, try our natural hair dyes which are free of ammonia, parabens, harsh preservatives, synthetic colors, or fragrances, phthalates, sodium lauryl or laureth sulfate.

Shop Healthy Hair Color Here

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Preservatives in Pet Products

Preservative-free pet products

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Of course, your household may not be limited to human family members. What about the products you give your pets? The pet industry is booming, and every company may not be putting your pets first in their pursuit of profits. Some dog and cat treats are loaded with artificial preservatives and fillers, while pet toys aren't subjected to the same regulations as toys for your human kids.

Dogs, cats, rabbits, and other household pets have small, sensitive bodies that can't tolerate cumulative exposure to toxins. They also have no choice in which products they use, so it's your responsibility to give your pets organic pet products that won't harm them. For example, it's important to seek out natural dog treats, cat treats, and other pet food products that are actually natural. Two cancer-causing compounds – butylated hydroxyanisole (BHA) and butylated hydroxytoluene – are used to preserve animal fats and preserve the shelf life of pet foods.

Shop Pet-Friendly Products Here

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The Green Life

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Here at The Green Life, we work hard to offer high-quality, family-friendly products that won't make you sick or increase your future health risks. Browse our natural bath, beauty, and pet care products today to minimize your family's exposure to these and other common household toxins.


Are Chemicals in Your Everyday Products Making You Sick?
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Gone are the days of inconvenient feminine hygiene products that claim to protect you, but leave you in one embarrassing situation after another. The Divacup finally addresses the needs of the today's female using modern, expedient, scientifically proven and safe methods for protection. These menstrual cups not only save you tons of money but also protect you against serious health risks. 

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Divacup Pre-child Birth

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Divacup Model 1 - Pre-childbirth

If you have never delivered a child vaginally or by c-section, then this is the Divacup model for you. The clean, comfortable, convenient shape holds in leaks reliably for 12 complete hours of protection without the use of silicone, latex or hypoallergenics that might irritate the skin. The menstrual cup design of the Divacup is an alternative to tampons that fits the feminine form more fully. With the Divacup, there is no more endless disposing of pad after pad - you can hygienically reuse the same Divacup for the entire 12 hour period! Simply empty the cup however many times you need and reinsert. You can wear the Divacup Model 1 overnight and enjoy any activity without fear that it will fail you.

Divacup Model 2 - Post-childbirth

The Divacup Model 2 is designed for women who are over 30 years old or have had a vaginal or cesarean pregnancy. No more one size fits all solutions when it comes to your feminine needs - the Divacup actually has form fitting solutions for women of different needs! The Divacup Model 2 still allows you to reuse the same cup for 12 hours with no loss in hygiene. The cup is free of latex, any medical grade silicone or hypoallergenics, just like the Divacup Model 1. However, the subtle changes in the form ensure that you can partake in any of your daily activities as well with no failure. Go to yoga class, horseback riding, plant a garden, dance or participate in any extreme sport with no problems whatsoever, guaranteed!

Divacup - The Safe Alternative

Traditional feminine hygiene products often include chemicals to plasticize the material - BPAs and phthalates, among others. BPAs are well known to disrupt the development of the embryo in later pregnancies, and phthalates can actually break down your genetic code, also affecting later pregnancies. Rest assured that the Divacup is completely safe and natural, containing none of these chemicals. Divacup is dedicated to natural feminine hygiene, and that includes the materials that are used in the product. Both Divacups come one per package, because you only need one. The unique design of the cup allows you to quickly clear yourself and reinsert the cup without having to switch numerous times during the day. Keep yourself clean and productive without the hassle of normal tampons or pads with the Divacup Model 1 or 2!

Menstrual Cup


The Divacup will Completely Change the Way you Look at Feminine Hygiene Protection Forever
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A simple conversation piece to some, a pretty paperweight to others - the salt lamp has many different meanings to different people. However, you might be surprised at the health benefits you receive from its mere presence.

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1 ) Salt Lamps are Air Cleansers

Benefit of Salt Lamps

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Hygroscopy, the property of salt lamps that allows it to attract water molecules from its environment and absorb them, contributes to its ability to clean the air around it. As it absorbs the water, it also absorbs any particles that the water is carrying, including pollen, dust, cigarette smoke and other contaminants.

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2) Salt Lamps Reduce the Symptoms of Asthma

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One of the most important consequences of the absorbent properties of the salt lamp is the removal of asthma causing particles from the air. Salt lamps can also be used during allergy season to reduce these symptoms.

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3) Salt Lamps Can Stop Coughing Spell

Salt Lamps Prevent Coughing

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Salt lamps change the polarization of the particles they absorb as well. Much of the reason for coughing spells around allergy season are due to the huge amount of positively charged ions in the air. Salt lamps change these particles to negatively charged ions, which has the opposite effect on the human respiratory system - the particles are now a calming influence.

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4) Salt Lamps Increase Energy

Salt Lamps Increase Energy

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The negative ions that are created as an effect of the absorption properties of salt lamps help to energize the body in total. If you are feeling downtrodden or tired, try putting a salt lamp in the rooms you most frequent for about a week, and you should perk right up.

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5) Salt Lamps Help Sleep

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At the same time that salt lamps invigorate the body, they also help the body sleep. The negative ions that come from salt lamps help to increase the oxygen and blood supply to the brain.

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6) Salt Lamps Improve Mood

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More energy and better sleep are natural mood enhancers, and if you keep a salt lamp around you during the daytime hours, you will notice an increase in your stasis as well. You will be less irritated, more balanced and less temperamental when things do not go your way.

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7) Salt Lamps Help With Seasonal Affective Disorder

Salt Lamp Benefits

***Salt lamps have been shown to affect the negative symptoms of Seasonal Affective Disorder specifically. If you become lethargic as the summer months turn to fall and winter, a salt lamp may be just the thing you need to keep your body in order.
7 Ways Salt Lamps Can Seriously Improve Your Health
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Your skin protects you, but do you protect your skin? For a great look, a beautiful first impression and stronger skin, natural and organic facial care products work best. Here are six reasons you need to start using natural and organic facial care products now.

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1) You Are What You Wear!

Organic Facial Care

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Your skin is a protective layer for the rest of your body; however, it is also our largest organ. Organs absorb, meaning the things you put on your skin may end up in your bloodstream. Make sure that you feed your skin only natural products, and your skin will reward you by helping the rest of your body stay healthy!

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2) You Help Your Smell as You Help Your Look!

Fragrance-Free Facial Care Products

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Most traditional skin products rely on synthetic, alcohol based chemical concoctions for their smell, which is usually an overcompensation or a mask of the uncomfortable odor from preservatives and laboratory mixes. Mother Nature has the best smells by far, and using organic facial products like the Alba Botanica Deep Sea Facial Mask not only improves your look, but your aura as well!

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3) You Get Rid of Allergies!

Get Rid of Allergies

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Contrary to popular belief, you do not have to suffer to look good. The pesticides and preservatives you find in products from international beauty retailers may be the cause of many of your annual sniffle fests and unknown breakouts. The government does not regulate cosmetics like it should, and manufacturers can use certain ingredients without even telling you. The side effects of those products may even be negating the stated effect of the product! Be safe, not sorry - remove all of those unknown elements by going natural with products like a Natural Even Advanced Sea Kelp Facial Toner.

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4) Natural Products Have Nutrients!

Natural Facial Care Products

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Do you need your daily dose of vitamin C or vitamin E? You can get it from your skin care products (remember, the skin is our biggest organ!) - but only if they are truly natural! If the farmers and manufacturers are using natural ingredients, the nutrients that come from these ingredients naturally make their way into the final product. Getting more vitamin A sure beats an extra dose of formaldehyde, wouldn't you say?

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5) Buying Natural and Organic Makes You Green!

Farmer's Market

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When you protect your health and fix those pesky little facial flaws with natural products like the Alba Botanica Quick Fix for Under Eye Circles, you support organic farmers. By definition, an organic farmer stays away from the pesticides and weird fertilizers that harm the atmosphere. You are going green and helping yourself at the same time without even trying!

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6) You Get More Value for Your Money!

Affordable Organic Facial Care Products

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The misconception that natural products are more expensive is completely untrue - have you checked the prices of traditional products in the local department stores lately? Additionally, your skin organ functions off of nutrition just like the rest of your body. Because you get vitamins in organic skin care products, your skin needs less of it. Because you use less product during each application, you pay less overall!


6 Reasons You Need to Start Using Natural & Organic Facial Care Products Now
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Most of us "need" a good ol' cup of joe in the morning to get our day started. Coffee helps wake up the mind and body, it helps you deal with your children, your boss and any other obstacles in the day. What you probably didn't know is that coffee can also save your life - literally!

Harvard School of Public Health researchers surveyed more than 250,000 Americans over a span of 28 years. They asked them questions regarding their diet and coffee consumption. After analyzing their rates of disease and death, they found that among non-smokers, those who drank between three and five cups of java daily were 15 percent less likely to die of any cause than those who didn't get down with java on a daily.

Here are a list of the top 5 reasons drinking coffee can save your life:

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1) It Wards off Diabetes

Diabetes

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2) Decreased Risk of Death from Heart Disease

Heart Disease

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 3) It Lowers Suicide Rates

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4) It can Prevent Neurological Diseases

Prevent Neurological Diseases

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 5) It can prevent Breast Cancer from Recurring 

Prevent Breast Cancer from Reoccuring

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While coffee may not be the answer to immortality, it definitely gives us enough reasons to brew our cups day after day (or hour after hour if you're like me).


5 Ways Coffee Can Save Your Life
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