Coffee is my favourite beverage after coconut water. I drink 2 to 4 small cups everyday. Coffee has become an integral part of my daily ritual.
Its close to impossible for me to start writing without sipping this awesome beverage.
I also sip some black coffee 10-15 minutes before my workout sessions as it helps in stimulating my nervous system. Drinking coffee increase adrenaline levels in my blood. This hormone as we all know is the “fight or flight” hormone and it prepares my body for an intense physical exertion.
Coffee also helps in signalling fat cells to release fatty acids in the blood which then can be used as fuel during my intense workouts.
Tip: Don’t waste your money in buying those chemical-laden pre-workout powders or drinks. Just sip this black beverage and you’ll be surprised by how much your physical performance can improve!
Here are some more benefits of coffee:
3) Coffee can lower your risk of developing type 2 diabetes: This study in Science daily states that if a person drinks more than 4 cups of coffee everyday he/she can reduce their risk of type 2 diabetes by a whopping 50 percent!
4) Coffee can fight depression: According to this study, moderate caffeine intake (< 6 cups/day) has been associated with less depressive symptoms, fewer cognitive failures, and lower risk of suicide.
5) Coffee can lower the risk of certain cancers: This study observed a strong inverse association between coffee consumption and risk of lethal prostate cancer. In one of the studies of 489, 706 men and women published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, coffee consumption was inversely associated with colon cancer, particularly proximal tumours.
6) Coffee has massive amounts of antioxidants: Besides caffeine, coffee has other health promoting substances like chlorogenic acids, bioflavonoids, vitamins (B2, B5), and mineral (magnesium, potassium) etc.
Before you rush to the kitchen and make yourself a cuppa, know this:
We all respond differently to coffee. I know some people who can drink a large mug and sleep like a baby after that, on the other hand I know people who have trouble sleeping at night with just a sip of this beverage. My body handles coffee pretty well. But I make sure that I don’t drink after 4pm.
Caffeine warnings: Caffeine can interfere with your sleep if you drink it in the evening or near bed time. Also consuming caffeine when you are fatigued can worsen your mood. Excessive caffeine can cause irritability, stomach problems, anxiety and restlessness. And lastly, if you are pregnant, STAY AWAY from coffee at all cost.
I know my limit is 4, maximum 5 medium cups. I usually don’t go beyond this number and when I do for whatever reason I don’t feel that good.
Bottomline is that anything in excess is not good.