I almost cannot get up without a cup of coffee by my side and for the life of me, I don’t see how some people manage to do it every day! I am not alone in this thought and it is nice to know that I can talk about this issue and not have people give me serious side-eye. As my one guilty pleasure of the morning, I am always looking for a great new flavor and what many people fail to realize are the many health benefits that come with a cup of joe in the morning.
There have been so many studies that can back me up on this, with Harvard even making their own analyses and releasing them publicly. The way that coffee impacts the brain can no longer be denied and with these great benefits in mind, there are more reasons than ever before to incorporate a bit of java in your life today!
How healthy is coffee for you? Well, it is packed with beneficial nutrients and antioxidants that have been proven to improve overall health. Research indicates that those that drink coffee can substantially lower the risk of many serious diseases. The following are just some of the ways that coffee can improve your life.
Coffee Elevates Energy and Improves Learning Capabilities
Yes, it is true what you heard about coffee releasing energy and actually stimulating your brain. When you are drinking coffee, it flows into the bloodstream and travels to the brain where Adenosine is released. When this occurs, you end up firing from all cylinders and are really packed with energy. When I have my first cup, I tend to get a lot of ideas and want to play around with them as they come up. Affected areas include vigilance, elevated mood, memory, reaction times, cognitive function, and energy levels.
Coffee Burns Fat
Coffee really does burn fat and it is one of the few substances made naturally that can aid in such. It can increase metabolic rate by as much as 11%. You will have to do more than just drink coffee to keep those pounds off, however. Coffee is not THAT much of a miracle drink.
Caffeine Improves Physical Performance
Coffee also triggers your nervous system, sending signals to fat cells which break the fat in the body down. It increases adrenaline in your blood to take you to that ‘fight or flight’ mode, which gets your body ready for action. Before I go to train, I like to have at least a strong cup to two cups of coffee before my workout.
Coffee Contains Essential Nutrients
Coffee is far and above more than what some people refer to as ‘black water’. Most people do not even realize that just one cup of coffee contains:
- vitamin B2
- vitamin B5
- potassium and manganese
- niacin and magnesium
This might not be a huge deal for many, but by drinking just a cup daily, you can get a head start on a lot of those essential nutrients.