Life without Caffeine?

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I do like a good cup of coffee or two but wouldn’t say I am addicted to caffeine. When I was offered a post with some information about how caffeine can be good for you I was intrigued. As I found it interesting I thought I would share it with you guys. Do you drink a lot of coffee or do you chose decaffeinated options?

Two sets of hands in jumpers holding mugs of black coffee

Imagine Starting the Day without your Caffeine Fix

Once you reach a certain age in life, especially if you absolutely are not a morning person, you soon realise that you require a little added get up and go before you jump into the day’s tasks. The chances are, if you are reading this, that you make your own cup, use a coffee machine or wait in line before heading to work for your daily caffeine fix.

What if coffee just wasn’t there? Actually, it doesn’t even bear thinking about, which makes you wonder about the effects of caffeine on our bodies. How have we become so reliant on caffeine?

Alert in the Morning

We all know someone that we simply do not attempt conversation with before 10am. If you don’t, then that person is probably you! The groggy state that you experience from the time you wake up to when you start to feel fully awake is called sleep inertia, which can last up to an hour according to studies – and longer if you are sleep deprived.

To counteract these symptoms, caffeine reduces the time it can take to fully wake up and improve our alertness. Similarly, caffeine can also be used at any point during the day to combat tiredness with a cup of coffee better for the body than a short 20-minute power nap.

An arm holding a mug of coffee stretching up from a duvet cover

All in Moderation

As with anything, too much of a good thing is not a good thing – the same goes for coffee. Caffeine is a drug, and a highly-addictive one at that. Too much caffeine can put too much strain on the heart, which is one of the main concerns when it comes to energy drinks.

In energy drinks (we won’t mention any specific brand, but we are sure we know what we are referring to), there are huge amounts of sugar which turns into fat. A regular cup of coffee contains anywhere between 80 and 200 milligrams of caffeine, compared the standard 80 milligrams of caffeine found in a regular-sized can of a well-known energy drink.

One of either isn’t going to cause any long-standing issues, but when you become reliant on the effects of the drink is when there is an issue. Enjoy caffeine in moderation to benefit the most from it.

Mental and Physical Health

Coffee has been proven to improve your mental health when consumed in moderation. Part of the reason for this could be that the effects of caffeine mimic that of endorphins that are released into the system when exercising, which also has a positive effect on one’s mental health.

As well as helping to stave off depression by improving mental health, caffeine has also been linked to reducing the chances of developing cancer. Some of the strands of cancer that caffeine has been linked to reducing are:

  • Prostate cancer
  • Endometrial cancer
  • Skin cancer
  • Liver cancer

There has also been evidence to suggest that caffeine helps to reduce the risk of contracting type two diabetes, as well as gout and gallstones.

Keep Enjoying Coffee

At the start of this blog I asked you to image starting the day without your caffeine fix. The good news is that all of the data says that not only is your morning cup of coffee not causing any harm, but it comes with an abundance of health benefits.

So, keep drinking your coffee (in moderation) and starting your day off right, putting you in the right frame of mind to be as productive as possible.

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