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11 Surprising Benefits Of Coffee That Make It More Irresistible

11 Surprising Benefits Of Coffee That Make It More Irresistible

I love coffee. To me it’s a magical elixir that helps me both wake up and not punch somebody in the face in the morning. But despite being many people’s caffeinated beverage of choice, few know just how good it is for you. So next time somebody goes on a rant about you should quit coffee, drop some of these knowledge bombs on them.

1. It helps to burn fat

    There’s a reason why caffeine can be found in most fat burning supplements. In fact, it’s one of very few naturally occurring fat burning substances. Studies have shown that caffeine boosts your metabolic rate by 3–11%, and increases fat burning from 10–29%.

    2. It increases physical performance

      Get your minds out of the gutter, I mean with sport!

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      The caffeine in coffee can increase your adrenaline levels. Also, it can release fatty acids from your fat tissue by stimulating your nervous system. They then enter your blood stream and thus become available as fuel. It’s therefore hardly surprising that coffee can lead to significant improvements in physical performance. You can utilize it by having a cup roughly half an hour before hitting the gym or engaging in any exercise.

      3. It reduces the risk of diabetes

        Research has revealed that people who drink coffee are on average 25–50% less likely to get type 2 diabetes. Obviously, you’ll negate this risk if you add sugar to your coffee…so maybe don’t do that.

        In addition to this, a 20-year study showed that diabetics who were coffee drinkers were 30% less likely to die from the disease.

        4. It can make you smarter

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          There’s a reason that some of the world’s greatest revolutionaries sat around in coffee houses. We’ll ignore the fact that many of them were also smoking.

          When a person consumes coffee, the caffeine within it blocks an inhibitory neurotransmitter in the brain called adenosine. This has a stimulant effect because more neurons in your brain begin firing, which leads to improved energy levels and brain function. Trials have shown that some of the improvements within the brain include memory, reaction time and general cognitive function.

          5. Coffee is good for brain health

            Research has shown that drinking coffee can help to prevent numerous neurological diseases, including those that are age related. Some of these include:

            • Alzheimer’s 
              Despite the fact that there is no known cure for this disease, there are preventative measures you can take, such as eating healthy. Coffee drinkers can be up to 65% less likely to get Alzheimer’s.
            • Parkinson’s Disease
              Similar to the above, there still isn’t a cure for Parkinson’s. However, coffee drinkers are between 32% and 60% less likely to develop it. This has been attributed to the caffeine within the beverage itself, as decaf drinkers have not exhibited the same resistance.

            6. It fights depression

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              Sorry all, these statistics may be a bit, well, depressing.

              Research from Harvard has shown that women who drink four or more cups of coffee a day are approximately 20% less likely to suffer from depression. In addition to this, anyone who drinks four or more cups a day can be up to 53% less likely to commit suicide.

              7. It could aid in the prevention of some cancers

                Coffee seems to protect against two particular kinds of cancer—liver and colorectal. This a big deal, because they’re the third and fourth leading causes of cancer death, respectively. Research has shown that coffee drinkers can be up to 40% less likely to develop liver cancer and 15% less likely to develop colorectal cancer.

                8. Coffee protects the liver

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                  The liver is an important organ that helps hundreds of functions throughout the body. One of the worst diseases that can affect the liver is cirrhosis, which can be caused by things such as fatty liver disease and hepatitis. Surprisingly, studies have shown that people who drink four or more cups of coffee a day can be up to 80% less likely to develop cirrhosis.

                  9. Coffee increases energy

                    As previously mentioned, caffeine can effect your brain positively when you imbibe coffee. One of these effects is increased energy. This is why you feel so delightfully perky after a cup. Just be careful of the subsequent caffeine crash afterwards.

                    10. Increased Life Span

                      Considering that we’ve been discussing a bunch of rather bad things that coffee can prevent, it’s hardly surprising that it can subsequently extend your life span. In a particularly large-scale study, men who drank coffee had a 20% lower risk of death, whereas women were sitting at 26%. This study was conducted over time periods between 18 and 24 years.

                      11. It’s delicious

                        …no wait, you guys knew that.

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                        Last Updated on January 21, 2020

                        The Best Way to Create a Vision for the Life You Want

                        The Best Way to Create a Vision for the Life You Want

                        Creating a vision for your life might seem like a frivolous, fantastical waste of time, but it’s not: creating a compelling vision of the life you want is actually one of the most effective strategies for achieving the life of your dreams. Perhaps the best way to look at the concept of a life vision is as a compass to help guide you to take the best actions and make the right choices that help propel you toward your best life.

                        your vision of where or who you want to be is the greatest asset you have

                          Why You Need a Vision

                          Experts and life success stories support the idea that with a vision in mind, you are more likely to succeed far beyond what you could otherwise achieve without a clear vision. Think of crafting your life vision as mapping a path to your personal and professional dreams. Life satisfaction and personal happiness are within reach. The harsh reality is that if you don’t develop your own vision, you’ll allow other people and circumstances to direct the course of your life.

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                          How to Create Your Life Vision

                          Don’t expect a clear and well-defined vision overnight—envisioning your life and determining the course you will follow requires time, and reflection. You need to cultivate vision and perspective, and you also need to apply logic and planning for the practical application of your vision. Your best vision blossoms from your dreams, hopes, and aspirations. It will resonate with your values and ideals, and will generate energy and enthusiasm to help strengthen your commitment to explore the possibilities of your life.

                          What Do You Want?

                          The question sounds deceptively simple, but it’s often the most difficult to answer. Allowing yourself to explore your deepest desires can be very frightening. You may also not think you have the time to consider something as fanciful as what you want out of life, but it’s important to remind yourself that a life of fulfillment does not usually happen by chance, but by design.

                          It’s helpful to ask some thought-provoking questions to help you discover the possibilities of what you want out of life. Consider every aspect of your life, personal and professional, tangible and intangible. Contemplate all the important areas, family and friends, career and success, health and quality of life, spiritual connection and personal growth, and don’t forget about fun and enjoyment.

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                          Some tips to guide you:

                          • Remember to ask why you want certain things
                          • Think about what you want, not on what you don’t want.
                          • Give yourself permission to dream.
                          • Be creative. Consider ideas that you never thought possible.
                          • Focus on your wishes, not what others expect of you.

                          Some questions to start your exploration:

                          • What really matters to you in life? Not what should matter, what does matter.
                          • What would you like to have more of in your life?
                          • Set aside money for a moment; what do you want in your career?
                          • What are your secret passions and dreams?
                          • What would bring more joy and happiness into your life?
                          • What do you want your relationships to be like?
                          • What qualities would you like to develop?
                          • What are your values? What issues do you care about?
                          • What are your talents? What’s special about you?
                          • What would you most like to accomplish?
                          • What would legacy would you like to leave behind?

                          It may be helpful to write your thoughts down in a journal or creative vision board if you’re the creative type. Add your own questions, and ask others what they want out of life. Relax and make this exercise fun. You may want to set your answers aside for a while and come back to them later to see if any have changed or if you have anything to add.

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                          What Would Your Best Life Look Like?

                          Describe your ideal life in detail. Allow yourself to dream and imagine, and create a vivid picture. If you can’t visualize a picture, focus on how your best life would feel. If you find it difficult to envision your life 20 or 30 years from now, start with five years—even a few years into the future will give you a place to start. What you see may surprise you. Set aside preconceived notions. This is your chance to dream and fantasize.

                          A few prompts to get you started:

                          • What will you have accomplished already?
                          • How will you feel about yourself?
                          • What kind of people are in your life? How do you feel about them?
                          • What does your ideal day look like?
                          • Where are you? Where do you live? Think specifics, what city, state, or country, type of community, house or an apartment, style and atmosphere.
                          • What would you be doing?
                          • Are you with another person, a group of people, or are you by yourself?
                          • How are you dressed?
                          • What’s your state of mind? Happy or sad? Contented or frustrated?
                          • What does your physical body look like? How do you feel about that?
                          • Does your best life make you smile and make your heart sing? If it doesn’t, dig deeper, dream bigger.

                          It’s important to focus on the result, or at least a way-point in your life. Don’t think about the process for getting there yet—that’s the next stepGive yourself permission to revisit this vision every day, even if only for a few minutes. Keep your vision alive and in the front of your mind.

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                          Plan Backwards

                          It may sound counter-intuitive to plan backwards rather than forwards, but when you’re planning your life from the end result, it’s often more useful to consider the last step and work your way back to the first. This is actually a valuable and practical strategy for making your vision a reality.

                          • What’s the last thing that would’ve had to happen to achieve your best life?
                          • What’s the most important choice you would’ve had to make?
                          • What would you have needed to learn along the way?
                          • What important actions would you have had to take?
                          • What beliefs would you have needed to change?
                          • What habits or behaviors would you have had to cultivate?
                          • What type of support would you have had to enlist?
                          • How long will it have taken you to realize your best life?
                          • What steps or milestones would you have needed to reach along the way?

                          Now it’s time to think about your first step, and the next step after that. Ponder the gap between where you are now and where you want to be in the future. It may seem impossible, but it’s quite achievable if you take it step-by-step.

                          It’s important to revisit this vision from time to time. Don’t be surprised if your answers to the questions, your technicolor vision, and the resulting plans change. That can actually be a very good thing; as you change in unforeseeable ways, the best life you envision will change as well. For now, it’s important to use the process, create your vision, and take the first step towards making that vision a reality.

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