One of the first things I do each morning when I get to the station is grab the coffee cup out of my office and fill it with that sweet morning nectar called coffee. As it turns out, this morning ritual may actually be doing my body some good.

I'll admit, I'm not the healthiest person around. I'm a less-than-half-a-pack-a-day smoker, I don't exercise regularly (unless you count wrestling around with my kids every so often), and I eat pretty much what I want when I want. How I'm only 15-20 pounds overweight and not 50-60 pounds, I don't know. I probably don't get as much sleep as I should either. I'm usually up until midnight or a little later every night watching TV or playing my PS3 even though I'm completely aware of the fact that I will be rolling out of bed somewhere around 6:30 in morning.

It's because of the previous statement that grabbing a cup of coffee is one of the first if not the first thing I do when I get to the station in the morning. Although at this point, even if I started to exercise more and watch what I eat, I still think coffee would be part of my daily regimen out of habit alone (I'm drinking a cup of it right now as a matter of fact). From about 8am-Noon, I drink about 4-6 cups. My coffee cup is actually a travel mug I picked up at the St. Jude's Gift Shop during a trip to Memphis back in January, So one full cup is equivalent to roughly 2 regular sized coffee mugs. You might think that seems a bit much, but you might be wrong.

According to an article I found on Yahoo!, recent studies show that drinking anywhere from 1-5 cups of coffee a day can protect your heart, increase brain power, and divert diabetes among other things thanks to coffee's natural antioxidants. I'm not suggesting that you start bonging cups of coffee like a college freshman bongs beer on their first spring break, or like Charlie Sheens ingests the drug that is...Charlie Sheen, just like everything else in life, moderation is the key. Plus adding cream and sugar adds calories that you wouldn't get if you just drank it black.

Check out the article for yourself and let me know what you think in the comment area below.