For most, coffee is a much-needed morning ritual. Its caffeine boost jolts the senses and the brain, jump-starting the day in the right direction. Not only is coffee a popular morning beverage, it’s also a frequent go-to choice for many people, no matter the time of the day. Coffee has only increased in popularity with the many Starbucks stores and local coffee shops opening around the country.
In addition to giving bursts of energy, coffee also provides a variety of health benefits, especially for everyday drinkers. The following things that will happen when you drink coffee every day.
1. You’ll improve your workout performance
No need for workout supplements when you drink a cup of coffee before your workout! You’ll organically receive a boost from the caffeine, which increases the number of fatty acids in the bloodstream, allowing your muscles to absorb and burn those fats as fuel. Your body will automatically save its small reserve of carbohydrates for later, extending and enhancing your workout performance.
2. You’ll reduce your risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes
According to a study from The American Chemical Society, those who drink 4 plus cups of coffee a day reduce their chance of developing Type 2 Diabetes by 50 percent. Furthermore, the reduction increases 7 percent with each additional cup after that.
3. You’ll increase the production of brain neurotransmitters
Coffee stimulates the production of serotonin, dopamine, and noradrenaline, which help regulate mood and cognitive function in the brain. The increased stimulation of neurotransmitters are also the proposed reason as to why drinking 2 to 4 cups of coffee can reduce the risk of suicide in men and women by half.
4. You’ll be less likely to develop skin cancer
While there is no sure way to protect against skin cancer or any other forms of cancer, researchers at the Brigham and Women’s Center and Harvard University found that women who drink 3 plus cups of coffee per day are less likely to develop skin cancer than women who don’t drink coffee at all.
5. You’ll make smarter, more efficient decisions
Coffee will not only perk you up, it’ll also sharpen your brain allowing you to make more intelligent and more efficient decisions. So go ahead and take that 3 PM coffee break, your boss will love your afternoon productivity.
In addition to helping you with better decision-making skills, coffee also helps the brain stay healthy. Studies at the University of South Florida and University of Miami found that daily consumption of coffee reduced the risk of and/or delayed the onset of Alzheimer’s.
6. You’ll be less stressed… just by the smell alone
Stressed because you didn’t get enough sleep last night? Or the night before that? Breathing in the smell of fresh coffee beans in the morning could help you de-stress, according to researchers at the Seoul National University. Try keeping some ground roast coffee next to your bed to help you wake up relaxed and ready to take on the day.
7. You’ll feel happier :)
And not just because of the so-called “caffeine-high.” Studies have shown that regular coffee drinkers are 10 percent less likely to be depressed than those who never drink coffee. Coffee also makes you feel good because it is full of antioxidants. The body is able to absorb more antioxidants from coffee than other fruits and vegetables, allowing the body to stay healthy and fight off diseases.
You should feel happier and healthier knowing that coffee is positively affecting your body, mind, and lifestyle. So whether you like your java with milk and sugar or just plain black, keep the coffee pot brewin’ all day long so you can reap the benefits for years and years to come.
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