In honor of #NationalCoffeeDay, I decided to dedicate a blog post to my liquid bestie, COFFEE.
My relationship with coffee started at 13. I was obsessed with Starbucks’ Frappucinos and would have about three Caramel Fraps per week. After high school, I went from basic to healthy and nixed liquid sugar from my list. (Oh, how I miss savoring whipped cream and chocolate sprinkles from the sugary caramel perfection that is the frappucino.)
Now as an adult (in theory), I love coffee. I read online that the average coffee drinker has at least three cups per day (what the french roast?). I don’t know how you people do it, I drink one tall cup of coffee per day and that’s enough to keep me wired and satisfied. 🙂
My favorite thing about coffee is the ritual: I love sitting at my desk (and pretending I’m on an island), smelling the dark roast aroma, and sipping the perfect blend of coffee and creamer. Ah delightfulness.
Well, there’s more to coffee than a quick caffeine fix to get you through your work day. Frankly, that isn’t the main reason why I drink coffee. I’m clearly in love with the taste and the happiness it brings me during my coffee morning ritual, when coffee and I are one.
So, in dedication to International Coffee Day, here are some amazing benefits that come with your morning ritual:
- It wakes you up! Coffee contains caffeine which is a stimulant. When you sip coffee, the caffeine blocks the neurotransmitter Adenosine (which gives you the drowsy feeling) from your brain. Caffeine increases production of Dopamine, which helps increase your energy level and blocks fatigue.
- Improves memory. If you drink coffee, your risk of Alzheimer’s can lower.
- Increases calorie burning. Sipping coffee everyday can help you lose weight. Caffeine can help burn fat and boost your metabolic rate. Obviously, don’t count on caffeine to work alone. Diet and exercise are key to losing weight, coffee is a supplement which can aid in weight loss.
- Great source of Antioxidants. According to Healthline, coffee is one of the biggest source of Antioxidants. Antioxidants are molecules that prevent the oxidation of other molecules (Antioxidants are molecular superheros.) When molecules are oxidized they can produce free radicals which can then damage our cells.
So, enjoy your warm cup of joe and all its benefits.