We already know, that we need our coffee to start our day at the office. How this habit actually benefits our health and spirit, you are about to find out.
- Caffeine energizes
Countless studies have shown what everyone knows: Caffeine wakes you up. When we drink coffee, it blocks the neurotransmitter adenosine. This raises your dopamine levels, the well-known “feel good” hormone. Your short term memory is improved as well asy our reaction time. Mood and energy levels rise as well.
- Coffee is an antidepressant
Apparently, this black gold does not only make us happy but also can save a life or two. Scientists have discovered that people who drink multiple cups of coffee a day have a reduced risk of depression. Therefore, it can be stated that coffee works on the psyche as an antidepressant, without the ugly side effects. After consuming the beverage, the brain has an increase adrenaline and dopamine (here it is again!) levels, which in turn boosts motor control and motivation. This effect is present with two to three cups of coffee a day.
- Coffee Slims
Even the metabolism is jumpstarted by a morning coffee. The fat burning rate is increased 29% by normal and slightly overweight people and 10% by people with obesity. Sadly, this effect decreases with time, so those of us who have been drinking coffee a long time won’t benefit from this. That would have been too good to be true.
- No more jetlag
Well, that is not totally accurate. A cup of coffee will never totally cancel out this side effect of traveling. However, the caffeine connects to the adenosine receptors which blocks the release of melatonin, the hormone that makes us feel sleepy. So whoever drinks coffee in the air can basically start their vacation refreshed.
- Coffee and the heart
How drinking coffee daily affected the heart and circulation was debated for a long time. However, we can finally say: according to a study our favorite drink does not harm the heart. In fact, it even prevents calcification in the arteries, and this with 3-5 coffees a day. We always knew coffee loved us back!
- Finding friends through coffee
Our go-to drink can do even more than just taste good and promote our health, it connects people. Phrase such as “coffee and cake,” “coffee klatsch” or “coffee break” show what a big effect this drink has on our day to day life. One study of 30 year olds claimed, that drinking coffee together was counted among the 3 essential moments of a relationship for Germans. The participants explained the feeling of companionship by saying that with a cup, of coffee the best conversations are started and their sense of well-being increased. This we can probably all agree on from our personal experiences.
The summary? Easy. Stop by your local Coffee-Bike more often and drink more coffee! After all, you will get healthier, more intelligent and more motivated.