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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 May 15, 2019

                        How to Tap Into the Power of Positivity

                        How to Tap Into the Power of Positivity

                        As it appears, the human mind is not capable of not thinking, at least on the subconscious level. Our mind is always occupied by thoughts, whether we want to or not, and they influence our every action.

                        “Happiness cannot come from without, it comes from within.” – Helen Keller

                        When we are still children, our thoughts seem to be purely positive. Have you ever been around a 4-year old who doesn’t like a painting he or she drew? I haven’t. Instead, I see glee, exciting and pride in children’s eyes. But as the years go by, we clutter our mind with doubts, fears and self-deprecating thoughts.

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                        Just imagine then how much we limit ourselves in every aspect of our lives if we give negative thoughts too much power! We’ll never go after that job we’ve always wanted because our nay-saying thoughts make us doubt our abilities. We’ll never ask that person we like out on a date because we always think we’re not good enough.

                        We’ll never risk quitting our job in order to pursue the life and the work of our dreams because we can’t get over our mental barrier that insists we’re too weak, too unimportant and too dumb. We’ll never lose those pounds that risk our health because we believe we’re not capable of pushing our limits. We’ll never be able to fully see our inner potential because we simply don’t dare to question the voices in our head.

                        But enough is enough! It’s time to stop these limiting beliefs and come to a place of sanity, love and excitement about life, work and ourselves.

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                        So…how exactly are we to achieve that?

                        It’s not as hard as it may seem; you just have to practice, practice, practice. Here are a few ideas on how you can get started.

                        1. Learn to substitute every negative thought with a positive one.

                        Every time a negative thought crawls into your mind, replace it with a positive thought. It’s just like someone writes a phrase you don’t like on a blackboard and then you get up, erase it and write something much more to your liking.

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                        2. See the positive side of every situation, even when you are surrounded by pure negativity.

                        This one is a bit harder to put into practice, which does not mean it’s impossible.

                        You can find positivity in everything by mentally holding on to something positive, whether this be family, friends, your faith, nature, someone’s sparkling eyes or whatever other glimmer of beauty. If you seek it, you will find it.

                        3. At least once a day, take a moment and think of 5 things you are grateful for.

                        This will lighten your mood and give you some perspective of what is really important in life and how many blessings surround you already.

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                        4. Change the mental images you allow to enter your mind.

                        How you see yourself and your surroundings make a huge difference to your thinking. It is like watching a DVD that saddens and frustrates you, completely pulling you down. Eject that old DVD, throw it away and insert a new, better, more hopeful one instead.

                        So, instead of dwelling on dark, negative thoughts, consciously build and focus on positive, light and colorful images, thoughts and situations in your mind a few times a day.

                        If you are persistent and keep on working on yourself, your mind will automatically reject its negative thoughts and welcome the positive ones.

                        And remember: You are (or will become) what you think you are. This is reason enough to be proactive about whatever is going on in your head.

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