New year, new me, but first coffee…
The festive season is over and a lot of us now are embarking on diets, fitness plans and healthy eating. New year, new you, am I right? So, whilst you cut out chocolate, takeaways and alcohol, the good news is coffee doesn’t have to also be on the chopping board as well.
We all know caffeine is great for keeping us alert and awake, giving us that boost we need in the morning but what other benefits does coffee give us?
The Health Benefits of coffee.
Helps you burn fat and Improves physical performance when exercising
Heading to the gym? There is a reason caffeine is found in so many fat burning supplements.
Studies have shown that caffeine found in coffee can increase fat burning when exercising by boosting your metabolic rate.
It’s also been found to increase the chemical epinephrine (adrenaline) levels in your blood, also known as the fight-or-flight hormone. Which prepares your body for intense physical exertion by masking the brains perception of fatigue pain receptors, helping your endurance for those long PT sessions!
A Great Source of Antioxidants
Coffee is a great source of antioxidants, compounds that inhibit oxidation, which are found to be helpful in in the delay of cell damage. In fact, Coffee is the biggest source of antioxidants in the western diet for many people.
Studies have found various health issues and diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, some cancers, premature ageing, and some forms of cognitive decline disorders linked to inadequate antioxidant levels or function in the body.
Helps cognitive function and can Help Fight Depression
Any coffee drinker will tell you their mood improves after a morning cuppa, helps you concentrate and focus but it goes deeper than that. Caffeine found in coffee has been shown to help prevent depression. Studies have found that people who drink more coffee regularly are up to 20% less likely to experience depression. Scientists believe that caffeine when ingested can help block adenosine receptors in the brain that are typically associated with feelings of fatigue and low mood.
So, in conclusion coffee doesn’t have to be on the hit list for a healthier new year. In fact, it may be more beneficial to have in your diet! So, keep those January blues away and stay caffeinated and motivated!