Coffee: Can you smell it? Can you taste it?
For some people, it’s a heavenly smell and desirable taste that causes them to crawl out of bed in the morning. Aside from the caffeinated beverage’s eye-watering and mouth-quenching abilities, there are a host of hidden benefits as well as damaging effects that you must be mindful of.
What Are Caffeine’s Effects on the Body?
Caffeine is used to stimulate your adrenals, which are responsible for stimulating the body’s hormones. However, if your adrenals are stimulated on a regular basis, they will burn out. And, this causes hormones, which are necessary to the body, to shut down.
When this happens, the hormone progesterone, which keeps oestrogen levels down, is replaced. With progesterone doing another job, it can keep the oestrogen levels down, which allows many men to experience a condition called gynecomastia (man boobs). This condition is usually the result of drinking eight or more cups of coffee on a daily basis for an extended period of time.
Coffee drinking can lead to a temporary increase in blood pressure. For people who already suffer with hypertension (high blood pressure), this is more of a concern because it does have an effect on blood pressure. De-caffeinated coffee or coca are better alternatives.
Coffee will also increase anxiety and stress levels, sending your body into a negative PH state (calcium can counteract this effect).
While coffee has many negative effects, it’s also got some hidden benefits. According to a recent study, drinking coffee 3-5 times a day could lead to a 65% decrease in developing dementia or Alzheimer’s disease.
The biggest killer in the world is cardiovascular disease, and anybody that cares about his/her health knows the important of a healthy cardiovascular system, which can be attained through exercising. By drinking 1-2 cups of coffee each day, you significantly reduce your chance of developing cardiovascular disease.
According to a Japanese study of more than 76,000 participants, men and women who consumed 1-2 cups of coffee per day significantly reduced their risk of dying from cardiovascular disease by as much as 38% for men and 22% for women respectfully.
Coffee can also be good for weight loss. A Korean-based study looked at the effects of the green bean extract supplement and on body fat reduction in overweight women. Two groups of women were part of the study – green tea extract group and the placebo group. Overall body fat, stomach fat and blood work were measured before and after the 8-week study. Researchers found that the supplementation of green coffee bean extract for eight weeks could lead to a decrease in body and visceral fat amounts.
Between 1991 and 2001, the American Diabetes Association carried out a study that looked at the effects of coffee consumption on middle-aged women (26-46) who had no history of diabetes. The study found that a moderate consumption of both caffeinated and decaffeinated coffee could lower the risk for Type 2 diabetes. Therefore, coffee could affect the development of Type 2 diabetes.
Caffeine causes most of its biological effects by irritating the adenosine receptors. And, the more you drink coffee, the more you crave this feeling – to feel the “effect” of it working.
What time does everyone seem to drink coffee in your office? What effects does coffee have on you and your staff? Does it positively or negatively affect your workplace’s productivity levels?
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