Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Coffee is good for you!

While I was pregnant I was told that I should not have more than one cup of coffee if any and then after I had my son I was told that too much coffee is bad for you. Well after reading this article I say "Ha!" to all the nay sayers of drinking coffee! As it turns out coffee is actually GOOD for you and to top of off it might be a huge preventative for certain illnesses and diseases!

From this article on WebMD, it states that coffee could lower your risk of diabetes, Parkinson's disease, and colon cancer."We don't know exactly why coffee is beneficial for diabetes," lead researcher Frank Hu, MD, tells WebMD. "It is possible that both caffeine and other compounds play important roles. Coffee has large amounts of antioxidants such as chlorogenic acid and tocopherols, and minerals such as magnesium. All these components have been shown to improve insulin sensitivity and glucose metabolism."

At least six studies indicate that people who drink coffee on a regular basis are up to 80% less likely to develop Parkinson's, with three showing the more they drink, the lower the risk. Other research shows that compared to not drinking coffee, at least two cups daily can translate to a 25% reduced risk of colon cancer, an 80% drop in liver cirrhosis risk, and nearly half the risk of gallstones. There's also some evidence that coffee may help manage asthma and even control attacks when medication is unavailable, stop a headache, boost mood, and even prevent cavities. 

To read the entire article go here!

Moms Love IGo!

Tired of those glaring looks when you get on the train? Irritated when no one gives you a seat on the bus? Annoyed when you have to carry bags of groceries and push a stroller at the same time? Well let I-GO help! I-Go has partnered with Moms in the City as another means of transportation to run errands and to get around the city.With many locations available in the city you always have  availability to vehicles of different sizes right at your fingertips. 

There are many benefits of using I-GO, most of all by helping the environment. Here are a few examples of how using I-GO is green:
  • I-GO utilizes hybrid cars
  • Each I-GO car replaces about 17 cars on the road, resulting in a estimated reduction of more then 3,200 vehicles in Chicago since I-GO opened for business in 2002.
  • Reduced traffic congestion as a result of less cars 
Not only will you be a "green' mom by utilizing I-GO but you will also save money! If you don't have a car think of all the money you will save on gas, parking, insurance, registration, tune ups, car washes, tires, installing those fancy tvs with dvds in them, spinning rims....the list goes on! It also benefits those who have cars! If you need to make a quick run but do not want to lose the perfect parking spot, if your boyfriend (or girlfriend) has the car when you need it, if your car is too small to handle your Costco shopping trip or you need some extra space to pick up your new mom friends you can easily go with I-GO!

So how does it work? It's simple! First you choose from one of the four offered plans, next make a reservation of the car that you wish to use, use your smartcard to access the car and when you are done return the car to the same lot and use the smartcard to lock the car and you're done! I-GO also pays for the gas, premium insurance, maintenance, reserved parking, and 24-hour assistance. As a further courtesy to moms, I-Go has given us a promotional code to use that will not only charge only $25 for the Start-Up costs (which is usually $75) but will add $10 to start your account to with.

So get going with I-GO! To reach a rep about setting up your account and to use the discount call (773) 278-4446 or visit the website at You can also easily access this info on the Moms in the City website under City Guide.