Coffee affects our brains and bodies in many positive ways – but having coffee on a regular basis can also make you feel a bit off if you suddenly miss a day. In this article, we explore why.
Improves Energy Levels
Caffeine is a stimulant which improves energy levels, which is why so many of us rely on our morning coffees to get our days started! It works by blocking an inhibitory stimulator in our brains, which reduces tiredness by increasing energy and releasing other neurotransmitters, such as dopamine, instead. This release improves mood, energy, cognition and general mental functioning.
This is why morning coffees are so popular. They give us a quick energy boost, helping us start our days.
Caffeine can boost your metabolic rate by up to 11%, and studies show that caffeine helps burn fat. Therefore, when placed together, caffeine can have a positive impact for those of us trying to lose weight.
Coffee is not made up of solely caffeine – it also contains nutrients that have positive consequences for our body. These include:
- Vitamin B2 and B5
- In a Western diet, we are more likely to receive antioxidants from coffee than from our combined consumption of fruit and vegetables.
Studies show that drinking coffee reduces our chances of developing depression – which is likely linked to the hormonal changes caffeine causes in our bodies.
Coffee is linked to reducing the risks for many diseases, including dementia, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. Drinking coffee may also reduce the risk of developing several types of cancers, particularly heart cancers, as well as some liver diseases.
Coffee drinks are also less likely to develop type 2 diabetes.
The biggest problem with consuming coffee regularly is that it becomes addictive. Regular consumption reduces the positive aspects of caffeine as tolerance builds up, and therefore a larger dose is needed for the same result.
Abstaining from coffee manifests in classic withdrawal symptoms, such as headaches, mood changes and exhaustion. This means that it is possible to become physically addicted to coffee.
For many of us, missing a regular cup of coffee will lead to these withdrawal symptoms.
Decaf vs Caffeinated Coffee
To try and limit the addictive qualities that coffee has, try to opt for a decaffeinated coffee instead. This process includes rinsing the beans with a chemical solvent which significantly reduces the amount of caffeine in the beans.
This results in coffees with significantly lower percentages of caffeine – making them less addictive yet still producing benefits.
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