5 Health Benefits of Your Morning Coffee

What’s the first thing you do when you wake up? For many people, the answer will be that they are preparing their first morning cup of coffee. Regardless of where you are drinking it; on your commute, while you are getting dressed, alone in your living room, or with your family while you all get ready for the day, here are some benefits to your morning coffee.

Higher energy levels

The most obvious benefit of coffee is that it gives us much needed energy during the day. Caffeine, the main ingredient of coffee, releases dopamine, which increases our concentration. It also blocks the receptors that tell our body it’s time to sleep. Caffeine can also increase the release of adrenaline, which as you already know, makes your heart beat faster, and sends signals to your liver, which releases more sugar into your bloodstream heightening energy levels. Here though is where we need to pay attention.

The quantity you consume is important. Certain research shows that we need 3 cups of coffee a day to feel energized, but at what expense? How much you drink is totally up to you, however, keep in mind that you can get addicted to the caffeine in coffee, and will need to cut down if you notice certain symptoms like headaches, anxiety, or the need to up your daily dose. Caffeine, like any other drug, will create an intolerance in your body over time and this should be noted for health. Rather than using coffee as a crutch, be mindful of what else you can do to be sure that you are well rested and have a natural energy level. 

Losing weight

The fact that all of the women out there will love is that coffee can help you lose weight. The first and most important thing is that regular, black coffee is calorie free. If you drink it without milk and sugar, you will get a better effect. The easiest way to do that is to get delicious quality coffee that you will love drinking without anything, and be able to truly enjoy the taste. This cup of morning coffee will also boost your metabolism, which will help you lose weight faster. A proof of that are athletes who use caffeine before training to up their energy levels, and increase fat loss. Some people can even experience reduced food cravings when drinking coffee and it is another way you can lose weight.

Coffee as Laxative + Diuretic

Many people have problems with their digestion. In most cases it is constipation. Well, coffee can increase your bowel movement, so it can be beneficial whenever you are having such problems. Coffee, stimulates your muscles, and since your colon is a muscle, this is how it affects it as well. Another plus is that it is a natural laxative, so you don’t have to use meds to help you. Be careful about the timing and place, since one side effect is that it can cause pain and cramping in rare cases.

Coffee can be a strong diuretic which is important in case you have some bacterial infection in your bladder. However, it can cause dehydration because of higher urine production, so this is one more reason not to drink too much coffee.

Coffee Delays Alzheimer’s Onset

Moving on to topics that are more serious, another benefit of morning coffee is that it can help in Alzheimer’s  prevention. Coffee blocks inflammation in the brain, which can cause cognitive decline. It can even help older patients who have a mild form of dementia. Caffeine also has a positive effect on tau protein which is linked to Alzheimer’s disease. Another benefit is that coffee can boost long-term memory and help with concentration and brain function, and this can keep cognitive functions healthy and active. Some studies show that coffee lowers the risk of developing type 2 diabetes, and since around 70% of people who suffer from it go on to develop Alzheimer’s, drinking coffee can be a significant help in that way too.

It Simply Makes You Happy

Have you ever wondered why does the thought of coffee alone put a smile on your face? A Harvard study shows how drinking coffee makes people more positive in their everyday life, and it even showed some evidence about lower suicide rates. Caffeine stimulates the release of dopamine, which creates the feeling of happiness, and even euphoria. The effect coffee has on our brain is similar to the one from heroin, but luckily, this one is not a highly addictive drug. The increase of adrenaline keeps you alert, active, and energized, which are other reasons why you get happy feelings.

Now that you know coffee has so many benefits, you can relax, and enjoy the taste of your morning coffee knowing it improves your health as well.

Peter Minkoff

Peter is a lifestyle writer living between Europe and Australia. Follow Peter on Twitter for more tips.

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