Hello everyone and welcome back to my humble, victorious blog-land!
I hope you enjoyed the first week of the summer, at least if you live in the Northern Hemisphere. And, for those of you who live in the Southern Hemisphere, good luck on rearranging your wardrobes and getting your winter clothes out! I’m not jealous of you about that at all!
The only thing I am jealous is that you’ll start drinking hot, tasty, mouthwatering coffee again. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy freddo cappuccino as much as the next girl does, but holding your mug, filled with hot coffee, well that is divine!
Yes, I know… I’m mumbling about the ACOTAR series since Thursday, but honestly, I can’t help it! You need to read these books! Big time! I know I read the first one in 9 hours, refilling my mug almost three times.
Such is my love for coffee that I even wrote an essay for my Spanish class regarding the technological invention without which I couldn’t live; the coffee machine! So, for those of you who wanna practise your Spanish, here it goes…
“No puedo decir que soy adicta con muchos inventos de los últimos cincuenta años sin los que no pudiera vivir. Pero existe uno cuyo primero aparato aparece desde principios del siglo XIX. Esta es la cafetera, la maquina de café que hace brujerías! Especialmente si alguien no puede levantarse temprano por la madrugada. Creo que, más o menos, el francés Descroisilles, agrónomo y químico, sentía como eso, cuándo en 1850 inventó la primera cafetera de la historia. Y por eso estaré agradecida para la eternidad!
¡Amo el café! No solamente por su sabor, sino por su olor y por la sensación que also magnifico sucede en mi boca y mi mente. Por esta razón estoy segura que no podría vivir sin mi cariña cafetera.
Pero, si la tercera guerra mundial estuviera a punto de comenzar y el café fuera pensado como un producto que solo los ricos pudieran comprar, entonces recurriera a tomar té. Pero solamente té de manzanilla para relajarme antes de dormir. Lo que quiero decir es que una guerra es muy frustrante y el café pudiera aumentar mi ansiedad. Sin embargo, ahora no tememos ese tipo de problema, a menos que el gobierno aumenta los impuestos un poco más. Hasta entonces, puedo disfrutar mi cafecito y mi tarta de limón cada día.
¡Haced lo mismo!”
Well, did you get any of that? If not, that’s ok. The idea remains the same; coffee works wonders!
And I’m not the only one who says so! There are 13 Health Benefits of Drinking Coffee, based on science, and today you’re gonna find out which those benefits are. If you’re not already aware of them.
1. Coffee can improve energy levels and make you smarter: Coffee can help people feel less tired and increase energy levels. This is because it contains a stimulant called “caffeine”, which is actually the most commonly consumed psychoactive substance in the world. After you drink coffee, the caffeine is absorbed into the bloodstream. From there, it travels into the brain. In the brain, caffeine blocks an inhibitory neurotransmitter called Adenosine. When that happens, the amount of other neurotransmitters like norepinephrine and dopamine actually increases, leading to enhanced firing of neurones. Many controlled trials in humans show that coffee improves various aspects of brain function. This includes memory, mood, vigilance, energy levels, reaction times and general cognitive function.
2. Coffee can help you burn fat: Did you know that caffeine is found in almost every commercial fat burning supplement? There’s a good reason for that… caffeine is one of the very few natural substances that have actually been proven to aid fat burning. Several studies show that caffeine can boost the metabolic rate by 3-11%. Other studies show that caffeine can specifically increase the burning of fat, by as much as 10% in obese individuals and 29% in lean people. However, it is possible that these effects will diminish in long-term coffee drinkers.
3. The caffeine can drastically improve physical performance: Caffeine stimulates the nervous system, causing it to send signals to the fat cells to break down body fat. But caffeine also increases Epinephrine (Adrenaline) levels in the blood. This is the “fight or flight” hormone, designed to make our bodies ready for intense physical exertion. Caffeine makes the fat cells break down body fat, releasing them into the blood as free fatty acids and making them available as fuel. Given these effects, it is not surprising to see that caffeine can improve physical performance by 11-12%, on average. Because of this, it makes sense to have a strong cup of coffee about a half an hour before you head to the gym.
4. There are essential nutrients in coffee: Coffee is more than just black water. Many of the nutrients in the coffee beans do make it into the final drink.
5. Coffee may lower your risk of Type II Diabetes: Type II Diabetes is a gigantic health problem, currently afflicting about 300 million people worldwide. For some reason, coffee drinkers have a significantly reduced risk of developing type 2 diabetes. The studies show that people who drink the most coffee have a 23-50% lower risk of getting this disease, one study showing a reduction as high as 67%.
6. Coffee may protect you from Alzheimer’s disease and Dementia: Alzheimer’s disease is the most common neurodegenerative disease and the leading cause of dementia worldwide. This disease usually affects people over 65 years of age. Unfortunately, there is no known cure for Alzheimer’s. However, there are several things you can do to prevent the disease from showing up in the first place. Several studies show that coffee drinkers have up to a 65% lower risk of getting Alzheimer’s disease.
7. Caffeine may lower the risk of Parkinson’s: Parkinson’s disease is the second most common neurodegenerative disease, right after Alzheimer’s. Same as with Alzheimer’s, there is no known cure, which makes it that much more important to focus on prevention. In studies, coffee drinkers have a much lower risk of developing Parkinson’s disease, with a reduction in risk ranging from 32-60%.
8. Coffee appears to have protective effects on the liver: The liver is an amazing organ that carries out hundreds of important functions in the body. Several common diseases primarily affect the liver, including hepatitis, fatty liver disease and others. Many of these diseases can lead to a condition called cirrhosis, in which the liver has been largely replaced by scar tissue. It turns out that coffee may protect against cirrhosis. People who drink 4 or more cups per day have up to an 80% lower risk.
9. Coffee can fight depression and make you happier: Depression is a serious mental disorder that causes a significantly reduced quality of life. It is incredibly common and about 4.1% of people in the U.S. currently meet the criteria for clinical depression. In a Harvard study published in 2011, women who drank 4 or more cups per day had a 20% lower risk of becoming depressed.
10. Coffee drinkers have a lower risk of some types of cancer: Cancer is one of the world’s leading causes of death and is characterized by uncontrolled growth of cells in the body. Coffee appears to be protective against two types of cancer… liver cancer and colorectal cancer. Studies show that coffee drinkers have up to a 40% lower risk of liver cancer. One study of 489,706 individuals found that those who drank 4-5 cups of coffee per day had a 15% lower risk of colorectal cancer.
11. Coffee does not cause heart disease and may lower the risk of stroke: It is often claimed that caffeine can increase blood pressure. This is true, but the effect is small (3-4 mm/Hg) and usually goes away if you drink coffee regularly. However, the effect may persist in some people, so keep that in mind if you have elevated blood pressure. That being said, the studies do NOT support the myth that coffee raises the risk of heart disease. In fact, there is some evidence that women who drink coffee have a reduced risk of heart disease. Some studies also show that coffee drinkers have a 20% lower risk of stroke.
12. Coffee may help you live longer: Given that coffee drinkers are less likely to get many diseases, it makes sense that coffee can help you live longer. There are actually several observational studies showing that coffee drinkers have a lower risk of death. In two very large studies, drinking coffee was associated with a 20% lower risk of death in men and a 26% lower risk of death in women, over a period of 18-24 years.
13. Coffee is the biggest source of antioxidants in the Western diet: For people who eat a standard Western diet, coffee may actually be the healthiest aspect of the diet. That’s because coffee contains a massive amount of antioxidants. In fact, studies show that most people get more antioxidants from coffee than both fruits and vegetables… combined.
Coffee is one of the healthiest beverages on the planet. Period! And when it is combined with a good book the effects are even greater!
So, did you know all that? Do you agree? And what are you reading this weekend? Let me know in the comment section below. Also, feel free to vote and share this post if you enjoyed it!
Till next time… Toodles!