Coffee: The Best Part of Waking Up
There is no doubt that people all over the world love their coffee. The smell, the wide array of flavors and that great feeling we get right after that first sip. It is definitely the truth that we just can't get enough of the stuff. Coffee is the first thing we wake up to and one of the last things we drink at night, even though it might keep us awake longer than we want. Most times coffee gets a bad reputation plus we hear so many different things about the negative effects it has on our bodies. Is that cup of Joe doing more harm to our bodies than good? What can be the positives from drinking it?
Research has shown us that there are many positive and negative side effects from drinking coffee. Does the drinker of coffee know that it could be great for our physical and mental health? Coffee not only helps wake up your brain and body and assists to kick start your daily routine, it is beneficial in so many other ways. Meadowlands Hospital Medical Center compiled just a few reasons why at least one cup a day has its advantages.
Coffee provides us with a large amount of antioxidants – Coffee is packed with many different antioxidants and nutrients. Antioxidants are nutrients and enzymes that help prevent many chronic diseases such as cancer, stoke, and heart disease. Many times coffee is the main source of antioxidants in a person's daily diet and the human body seems to soak up more nutrients from coffee than other food items.
Coffee makes you happy – Who doesn’t like being and feeling happy? Coffee is shown to help prevent depression and make you feel great. Coffee acts as a natural anti depressant and energy booster, which will help relieve the stresses of a long day. Research has even shown that it may reduce the risk of suicidal tendencies and thoughts in men and women.
Coffee will initiate and finish your workout – A cup of coffee before a workout will aid in athletic performance and provide a jolt of energy to any workout routine. Coffee is great for long exercise sessions and sports that require a large amount of endurance such as cycling and running. It will help you burn fat and save carbohydrates to keep you exercising longer, which may result in weight reduction. Weight loss helps prevent type 2 diabetes and other weight related complications. Coffee will also help in post workout muscle pain and strain to build and regenerate muscle.
Sharpens your brain – Many of us drink coffee when we are sleep deprived. Drinking coffee during this may help to improve reaction time and it may even enhance and lengthen your attention span! Coffee can be linked to lower risk of Parkinson's and Alzheimer's diseases which are connected with memory loss and dementia.
Coffee keeps you hydrated – Many believe that coffee is one of the worst ways to hydrate your body. Conversely it may even work as well if not better than water. A hydrated body is an essential part of being healthy. Meadowlands Hospital recommends drinking at least four 8 oz. glasses of water daily.
Caffeine helps internal bodily function – Caffeine has shown to help prevent the buildup of bad cholesterol and the risk of gallstones due to crystallization. Caffeine can also protect you from liver problems and promote healthy colon activities. Coffee can also be linked to a lower risk of heart disease and heart related complications.
Meadowlands Hospital would like to remind you it is always smart to keep track of your coffee and caffeine consumption during the day. Most people should have no more than two to three cups daily in order to function properly but this may vary. This is because increased amounts of caffeine can cause nervousness, rapid heartbeat, sleeplessness and mood changes. Like many other energy drinks and soft drinks, caffeine could cause you to “crash” after consumption leaving you feeling sluggish and tired. Play it safe and try to stay away from high calorie coffees, sugary syrups and flavored creams. Use only low fat and low calories additives to ensure you get all of the great health benefits without the extra calories.
So don’t worry and “perk” up about your daily cup of coffee. It will help you more than you think or what you heard.