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Live longer by starting your day off the right way

It’s the first day of a New Year, but mine began just like every other day of every other year: with a piping hot mug of fresh-brewed coffee.

Sure, it helps pop open the eyes after a late night out ringing in the New Year, but that’s not all it does.

Coffee is a powerful tonic for body and mind — and if it’s part of your own daily routine, you’ll stand a better chance of singing “Auld Lang Syne” many more times to come.

New research confirms yet again that “java junkies” live longer. In fact, if you make coffee part of your morning ritual, your risk of death from some of today’s leading killers plunges by 18 percent!

You name it, coffee will protect against it: diabetes, heart disease, respiratory disease, pneumonia, flu and more. Gulp down some coffee, and your risk of dying from any and all of these conditions will go down with it.

And the more you drink, the bigger the benefit — with the biggest life-extending boost of all going to folks who knock back four of five mugs a day, according to the study in the American Journal of Epidemiology.

That’s right in line with a study I shared with you just last month, which found four or five cups of coffee a day will cut your risk of death by 15 percent.

Of course, all the joy-sucking naysayers out there — the ones who just can’t stand the idea of anyone actually enjoying themselves — still claim coffee is bad for you.

These clowns thumb their noses at the studies and chalk up the results to nothing more than coincidence.

But there’s no coincidence here, just time-tested good nutrition.

Every little coffee bean is jam-packed with disease-fighting antioxidants and other life-giving essentials. That brain-booster known as caffeine certainly doesn’t hurt, either, although the newest study finds that even drinking decaf could add years to your life.

It’s more proof that you should enjoy many of these so-called “guilty pleasures” WITHOUT guilt…because most of the habits the mainstream tells you are “bad” are downright good for you.

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