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 !

Coffee…

  1. 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.
  2. 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!
  3. 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)!
  4. 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’.
  5. 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.
  6. Contains disease fighting antioxidants. These can improve your overall health and protect you from several diseases.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.

Happy International Women's day

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

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Posted by:Quirky Kay

A zany lady with a zest for life. A UK based Mummy of two munchkins, caffeine addict, food loving (sans gluten) globetrotter.

5 replies on “In Pursuit of Coffee-ness

  1. What a load of codswallop! Life leads to death, what’s your point?….. I totally agree, even sun rays causes cancer but do you stop walking and getting a sunbath on the beach.
    I LOVE COFFEE especially if I sleep at 2am🙈 and have to wake up at 6am for work😩.
    Nice piece of article 😊

    1. I know right – who are these people who oppose coffee!
      Thank you – glad you enjoyed the post x

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