“With enough coffee, I feel as though all things are possible. Many of them are highly unlikely, but they are possible!”
As of 2016, roughly 50% of American adults drink coffee on a daily basis. That is a staggering number of people that are either coffee connoisseurs or literally cannot function without tall cup of Joe. For the other 50% of Americans, I either don’t know how you function or I would argue that you’re getting your energy via other means.
For the purpose of this article, we’ll stick with those consuming coffee. Coffee is one hell of a drug! It is one of the most highly studied substances out there. Mainly thanks to it powerhouse stimulant called Caffeine.
Lets take a closer look at coffee – everything from the benefits to the cons.
~ Increased Athletic Performance – There are countless studies out there linking coffee to improved athletic performance. Consistently across the board, the verdict is “YES! It does have a positive impact.” The average increase seems to be roughly 11 to 12%.
These numbers will vary based off of a number variables. Tolerance (do you drink coffee often or rarely) and caffeine intake. Standard recommendations for daily caffeine intake range from 1.5 to 4 mg/lb body weight (3 to 9 mg/kg) taken one hour before exercise.
Coffee stimulates the adrenal glands which in turn release adrenaline. This is your “fight-or-flight” hormone and is what’s correlated to your improve athletic performance.
Grab your Folgers and head over to the Squat rack!
~ Improved Mental Focus – Coffee/Caffeine and your Central Nervous System are essentially BFFs. A study by the European Food Safety Authority concluded that there is a direct correlation between improved mental alertness & increased attention and a 75mg serving of caffeine.
Feeling sluggish (whether from a night out drinking or poor night’s sleep), jet lagged, dipping into a food coma or just plain dragging ass today? Slam back a cup of coffee and get your energizer bunny on.
Want to maximize the effect? Shoot to have your coffee breaks between 9:30-11:30am or 1:30-5pm. Cortisol levels tend to drop here so coffee acts as a nice boost.
~ Fat Loss – This does not mean go get your favorite Frappuccino and justify it because “coffee” has fat loss qualities. Coffee can help jumpstart the process of lipolysis, which is when your body releases free fatty acids into the bloodstream. That we then use as energy!
Coffee can also provide you with a boost in your metabolism. The more calories you’re burning, the closer you’re getting to your goal.
~ Body Armor – You ever hear the term superfood? I’m sure you have. Well coffee is so common that it no longer qualifies on that list but don’t sleep on coffee’s superfood qualities. Your average cup of java contains a lot of antioxidants, that work as little soldiers defending you against free radicals within your body. Studies have shown that coffee
Additionally, the polyphenols found in coffee may help prevent a number of diseases, such as heart disease, cancer and type 2 diabetes.
Looks like coffee is just a big old cup of health!
~ Brain Power – Sometimes we worry so much about the physical that we forgot about what on the inside … like our brain! Our brain requires consistent stimulation, “exercise” and nourishment to ensure that we stay sharp in old age.
Coffee can help reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and Dementia. Three powerful, yet common neurodegenerative disease.
Strong brains are sexy too so drink up and stay caffeinated!
I could honestly keep going and going with this list. Growing up in a Colombian household, I’m pretty sure my first bottle ever had some Bustelo or Folgers in it.
It is absolutely true when they say “Coffee is a powerful drug.” Because it is! And there are zero regulations on it. So imagine our luck having easy access to such a fantastic substance.
Sure there are some potential side effects
- Stomach irritation
- Increase blood pressure
- Jitters & Anxiety
- Desensitized to caffeine
However, with most good things – too much of it can be bad. This requires you, the individual, to assess your tolerance and be fully aware of how you feel afterwards.
Coffee for sure gets Eat . Whey . Love’s stamp of approval. Grab your favorite mug, fill it up with your favorite brew and spread happiness & positivity everywhere…
But don’t spread it our way until we’ve had our coffee. jk jk 😉