My favourite 10 health benefits of drinking coffee!
I don’t need an excuse to drink coffee – I love it regardless. When I read Perk’s article about the 59 (Yup you read that right, 59!) health benefits of coffee, I had to share my favourite 10 with you. And since we love to share our favourites with you, we teamed up with Perk Coffee to create the perfect Father’s Day gift – have you seen it already? Our beautiful Table Tales book + 5 Perk Coffee drip bags filled with single origin coffees from around the world + a specially designed Father’s Day card + gift wrapped for $55 only, instead of $98.90. This will all be delivered to you on the 16th June, perfectly in time for Father’s Day. Only available for the first 20 orders, so make sure to order soon!
Anyway – back to the health benefits of coffee…
1. Coffee Can Improve Energy Levels and Make You Smarter
Coffee can help people feel less tired and increase energy levels. This is because it contains a stimulant called caffeine, which is actually the most commonly consumed psychoactive substance in the world. After you drink coffee, the caffeine is absorbed into the bloodstream. From there, it travels into the brain. In the brain, caffeine blocks an inhibitory neurotransmitter called Adenosine. When that happens, the amount of other neurotransmitters like norepinephrine and dopamine actually increases, leading to enhanced firing of neurons. Many controlled trials in humans show that coffee improves various aspects of brain function. This includes memory, mood, vigilance, energy levels, reaction times and general cognitive function.
2. There Are Essential Nutrients in Coffee
We’re all about health benefits and if coffee includes essential nutrients – we can only appreciate it more! Coffee is more than just black water. Many of the nutrients in the coffee beans do make it into the final drink. A single cup of coffee contains:
Riboflavin (Vitamin B2): 11% of the RDA.
Pantothenic Acid (Vitamin B5): 6% of the RDA.
Manganese and Potassium: 3% of the RDA.
Magnesium and Niacin (B3): 2% of the RDA.
Although this may not seem like a big deal, most people are drinking more than one cup per day. If you drink 3-4, then these amounts quickly add up.
3. Coffee May Help You Live Longer
Gotta love this one! Given that coffee drinkers are less likely to get many diseases, it makes sense that coffee could help you live longer. There are actually several observational studies showing that coffee drinkers have a lower risk of death. In two very large studies, drinking coffee was associated with a 20% lower risk of death in men and a 26% lower risk of death in women, over a period of 18-24 years. This effect appears to be particularly strong in type II diabetics. In one study, diabetics who drank coffee had a 30% lower risk of death during a 20 year study period.
4. Coffee boosts your physical performance.
Have a cup of black coffee about an hour before workout and your performance can improve by 11-12%. Caffeine increases adrenaline levels in your blood. Adrenaline is your body’s “fight or flight” hormone which helps you to prepare for physical exertion.
5. Just smelling coffee could make you less stressed.
I don’t need a research to tell me this one! The smell of fresh coffee always makes me smile and therefore definitely less stressed! Researchers at the Seoul National University examined the brains of rats who were stressed with sleep deprivation and discovered that those who were exposed to coffee aromas experienced changes in brain proteins tied to that stress. Note, this aroma study doesn’t relate to stress by itself, only to the stress felt as a result of sleep deprivation.
6. Coffee may make you more intelligent.
You usually drink coffee when you are sleep-deprived, right? Well, that much-needed jolt not only keeps you awake, it makes you sharper. CNN reports that coffee allows your brain to work in a much more efficient and smarter way. TIME reporter, Michael Lemonick, says, “When you’re sleep-deprived and you take caffeine, pretty much anything you measure will improve: reaction time, vigilance, attention, logical reasoning — most of the complex functions you associate with intelligence.”
7. It is used to treat cellulite
Most therapies that have coffee as a main ingredient are used to treat a problem that affects most (if not all) of the world’s women: cellulite. Coffee has properties that can eliminate the dreaded “dimpled skin” effect because caffeine makes it easier to break down the fat cells that accumulate under the surface. It also boosts circulation, increases the levels of “fat burning” enzymes, has an excellent lipolytic effect, and more. Because of this, coffee is one of the best anti-cellulite and slimming treatments.
A lot of the slimming gels available today contain coffee among their ingredients. But it’s worth noting that caffeine alone doesn’t work miracles – other steps are needed, like determination, commitment, exercise, a healthy diet, and two liters of water per day.
8. Coffee can be used as an exfoliant
Applying coffee grounds to the body as a scrub helps to eliminate dead skin cells. Face and body masks with coffee are easy to make and have spectacular results. Be sure to use a circular pattern to massage them into the skin to leave it more soft, bright and clean.
A good recipe for a homemade coffee mask is to mix two tablespoons of plain yogurt with one tablespoon of sugar and one of coffee grounds. Apply it to the skin in an upward circular motion and leave it on for 15 to 20 minutes before rinsing with warm water. Don’t forget to use your favorite homemade or commercial moisturizer, as long as it is nourishing and hydrating.
9. Coffee is one of the lowest calorie drinks
If you’re trying to lose weight, or you’re doing your best to maintain your current weight, coffee is a good choice. A single cup of about 8oz. brewed coffee only has 2 calories and it has no fat. This only applies to brewed black coffee. Which I prefer anyway so you can actually taste the coffee!
10. Coffee helps keep your bowel healthy and protect against constipation
Caffeine is a natural substance that can help keep your bowel movements normal and healthy. Not only can it increase the rate at which you digest and eliminate waste, it can also help your gastrointestinal muscles contract. The easier it is for your body to digest and eliminate waste, the less at risk you are of developing a digestive disease.
Perk Coffee & Table Tales
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We teamed up with Perk Coffee to create the perfect gift for Father’s Day.
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