Calling all coffee lovers!
We’ve all had that annoying friend, relative or person who grumbles on about us drinking too much coffee. They like to warn us- coffee is unhealthy and it will eventually lead to death. What a load of codswallop! Life leads to death, what’s your point?
For me, coffee equals happiness. I love everything about it; from that rich, deep, brown colour, to the moment the spicy, slightly woody and somewhat fruity smell hits my nose. That amazing, tantalising taste of perfection. I don’t drink (alcohol), smoke, take recreational or prescriptive drugs (unless deemed absolutely necessary), but coffee is something I unapologetically enjoy to its fullest. So imagine my frustration at these uninformed souls.
The good news is coffee has several health benefits
I am not going to lie, I have had several moments of weakness where I’ve attempted to quit coffee. I feel shame and guilt for even trying (bar pregnancies of course). Coffee has several health benefits (she says, as she throws back coffee…gulp…bliss). Below I’ve highlighted 8 reasons to drink coffee – do it !
- Makes you happy. True story. Coffee increases the production of feel-good neurotransmitters; noradrenaline, dopamine and serotonin, these affect the pain receptors and lift the mood. According to a study by Harvard school of public health, If you drink between two to four cups of coffee you are 50% less likely to commit suicide.
- Boosts energy levels. Give me a cup of coffee and I can conquer the world! Coffee contains caffeine which can act as a stimulant. It increases alertness by blocking the production of adenosine (an inhibitory neurotransmitter), responsible for making us tired and sleepy. Coffee=less adenosine=less tired=more alert=more productive. Go on have a cup of coffee in the morning you’ll feel more energised!
- Increases fat burn. According to research a small cup of coffee, an hour before a workout causes fat cells to be used as energy instead of glycogen. Also, coffee can increase your metabolism and help you burn more fat throughout the day. Bingo (wings gone)!
- Improves physical performance. Many studies have found a correlation between coffee (caffeine) and increased physical performance. A report published by Sports Medicine suggests that after drinking coffee ‘athletes can train at a greater power output and/or train longer’.
- May help you live longer. Studies (European and US) found that drinking 3 cups of coffee daily, reduced the risk of death from cancer, cardiovascular, digestive and respiratory conditions.
- Contains disease fighting antioxidants. These can improve your overall health and protect you from several diseases.
- May protect you from Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia. In 2012 a case- controlled study found coffee/caffeine reduces the risk and delays the onset of dementia in susceptible individuals.
- Lowers the risk of type 2 diabetes. Research suggests a strong correlation between higher coffee consumption and lower sensitivity to insulin. Being Asian I am susceptible to type 2 diabetes, so this one is possibly one of my favourite reasons to drink this awesome beverage.
I am struggling to wipe this ‘shut your trap’ smirk off my face, because coffee is arguably one of the healthiest drinks on the planet.
Also, before I forget… to all those fantastic, strong, inspiring women out there; Happy Belated International Women’s day. Kay x
Guys, I need a new coffee machine, any recommendations?
For my post on a recipe for a delicious Gluten and Dairy Free Devils Chocolate Cake made with Cacao go here
If you would like to read a post on a recipe for a quirky version of a Gluten Free Carrot Cake go here