8 Fun Facts About Your Beloved Morning Coffee
April 12, 2017 | Fitness
The first ever advertisement of coffee in a US newspaper was published in 1790 and showed just two beans in black and white. Coffee has come a long way. Name some of your favorite ads, favorite hang-outs and favorite romantic movie scenes, you will most likely visualize a coffee or a coffee house. Gotcha? Coffee fascinates us in every which way. Today, we focus on your morning coffee and how it continues to delight you.
1. Coffee wakes you up: Several studies have shown that coffee, as a substance, helps in activating energies in your body, thus helping you truly wake up. A detailed article on Science ABC says: Caffeine binds to the adenosine receptors in the brain, essentially blocking the molecules that cause slowing down brain activity. Ooh, no wonder some people find it hard to get by in the day without their coffee. Whew!
2. You don’t need coffee when you first wake up:Your body naturally produces a hormone called cortisol that helps you feel alert and awake. That is released according to your circadian rhythm, dictated by the time of the day. So, if you have a habit of drinking coffee when you first wake up, you may want to wait a bit longer so that your caffeine isn’t wasted during a time when cortisol is at its highest.
3. Coffee has negative effect on nutrients absorption:This is not very well known but drinking coffee can actually make it difficult for your body to absorb certain nutrients. For instance, if you normally drink your morning coffee along with your breakfast, it can cause trouble with iron absorption.Iron is so important for women, especially when breastfeeding or pregnant, so it’s a good idea to drink your coffee after your breakfast. Coffee has a negative effect on iron absorption. Drinking caffeine with a meal can stop up to half of the absorption of other minerals such as calcium and zinc. We need calcium for healthy teeth and bones, and this mineral also plays a part in making sure our blood clots properly and that our muscles stay strong. Any drink containing caffeine is best drunk at least one hour before or after a meal to give the iron and other minerals time to absorb.
4. Coffee MUST NOT be consumed empty stomach: Doctors emphasize that coffee, including decaffeinated coffee, stimulates production of acid, which in the absence of food, can be damaging to the lining of the stomach with repeated exposure. Chief medical officer at PushDoctor.co.uk, Dr Adam Simon says that this can cause heartburn or indigestion. So coffee is great as long as you consume after your breakfast.
5. Black coffee helps in losing weight: It’s a fact that black coffee is calorie-free since it’s devoid of cream and sugar. Studies have shown that drinking caffeine can increase your metabolism 3 to 11%. It’s one of the few chemicals that can actually help with fat burning, so might as well drink up!
6. Coffee is Loaded with Nutrients and Antioxidants:Coffee isn’t just black water.
A cup of coffee contains:
- 6% of the RDA for Pantothenic Acid (Vitamin B5).
- 11% of the RDA for Riboflavin (Vitamin B2).
- 2% of the RDA for Niacin (B3) and Thiamine (B1).
- 3% of the RDA for Potassium and Manganese.
Coffee also contains a massive amount of antioxidants!
7. The coffee before workout: A 2012 study in the Journal of Strength Conditioning revealed that consuming coffee before working out helps improve resistance training. This means it’s okay to have coffee before a workout since you will last longer in your exercise because of that. Now, that’s motivating.
8. The good old Espresso: Espresso has 1/3 of the caffeine of a regular cup of coffee. So if you wish to cut down on coffee without missing it in the morning, you may opt for your good old espresso. It will still wake you up, provide the energy you need without harming you.
Second only to oil, coffee today is one of the highest trading commodities in the world. It definitely has therapeutic effect on stress and headaches while a lot continues to happen over a cup of coffee. For more doses on lifestyle choices, watch this space!