We’ve all been there. It’s Monday morning and you’re missing the weekend. You have so much on your plate but there is just not enough time in the day. With such a heavy workload, you know that you have to be productive and fast. What are your options? Many would argue that coffee is your best bet. According to the T.H. Chan Public School of Health at Harvard University, about 54% of Americans drink coffee daily. Since coffee is known for its ability to boost moods and energy levels, this comes as no surprise to avid coffee drinkers. As if we needed a reason to love coffee more, it turns out that coffee can be healthy for you too. Below we have outlined a few health benefits of coffee that will make you feel better about that afternoon pick me up.
Sometimes a cup of coffee is all you need to get yourself started. According to the National Center for Biotechnology Information, the caffeine in the coffee serves as a stimulant that jumpstarts your nervous system and keeps it going all day long. Some of the benefits of caffeine in coffee are increased energy and alertness, improved mood, and enhanced cognitive performance. Whether you are having those Monday morning blues or that afternoon lull, coffee is the perfect choice for any working professional.
Did you know that coffee intake during work wards off pain? In a study done at the National Center for Biotechnology Information, test subjects who drank coffee as opposed to those who did not, exhibited decreased pain development during a painful office task. Interestingly enough, the results of the study suggest that coffee is a pain moderator.
Do you have trouble sleeping at night? According to the American Psychological Association, sleep deprivation can adversely affect one’s judgment, memory, and mood. Additionally, APA asserts that stress continues to interfere with the sleeping patterns of Americans, preventing many from living a healthy life. Even though coffee serves as a stimulant, it can reduce stress for those who are suffering from sleep deprivation. At Seoul National University, scientists conducted a study on rats that focused on gene expression and proteins in the rats’ brains when exposed to the smell of coffee. The rats that experienced the coffee aroma were found to have proteins with antioxidant properties that shield nerve cells from stress-related damage. It is then no wonder that coffee is so popular and in many ways, so comforting!
We all want to look our best. Do you know that coffee helps boost your metabolic rate? According to the National Center for Biotechnology Information, one’s metabolism is faster within three hours of coffee consumption. A metabolism can be defined as physical and chemical processes in the human body that are maintained and broken down, resulting in energy. A faster metabolism results in more energy, improved circulation and skin, enhanced natural immunity, and a positive outlook.