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Coffee is many people’s go to drink in the morning before work or school.  It’s no surprise because around 83% of American adults drink coffee!  Many need to get out of the bed in the morning or to get that quick jolt of energy in the afternoon work crash.  Though, many people forget about or don’t even know about the other benefits of coffee.

Whether it be a strong cup of black coffee in the morning or your normal Starbucks iced coffee you still get the added benefits of coffee.

 

Some of the benefits can include…

  • Black coffee can lower the risk of some cancers including liver, colon, breast. and rectal cancer.
  • Coffee contains antioxidants.  Antioxidants can help to combat the damage from ultra-violet rays, air pollution, and cigarette smoke.
  • Caffeine in coffee can increase both your energy levels and improve your memory.
  • Caffeine can also help you in burning fat.
  • Coffee helps to fight depression.

Not only is coffee beneficial for you, nutritionally it is good for you also.  If you were to drink an eight ounce cup of black coffee, one serving, only contains 2-5 calories.  Not only that, but there is zero grams of fat, sugar, carbs, and protein in coffee.  Other than that coffee does have a few milligrams of other nutrients such as vitamin B2, potassium, and manganese.

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Metabolism

So how is it that coffee works that it can affect the metabolism.  Breaking it down to its base compounds coffee is composed of caffeine, theobromine, theophylline, and chlorogenic acid.

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Caffeine helps to stimulate the nervous system while theobromine and theophylline are also stimulants.  The cholorogenic acid may be what slows down the absorption of carbohydrates after consuming coffee.

These chemicals combined help to break down fat.  Since the caffeine, theobromine, and theophylline are stimulants they target the central nervous system of the body and this signals the fat cells to start breaking down.  The reason behind is that caffeine causes the hormone epinephrine to increase in the body.  Epinephrine, also known as adrenaline, increases the breakdown of fat and releases the broken down fat into the blood.

The rate at which fats are broken down in the body is the metabolic rate.  After you consume a cup of coffee the caffeine rushes through the body and increases the metabolic rate by 3% or even up to 11% in some cases.  This breakdown of fats can also affect athletic performance.  When tested and studied it was found that caffeine can increase athletic performance, on average, by 11-12%.

If you want, rather than consume coffee in the morning before work.  Drink coffee after a meal, such as breakfast or lunch, and it will improve fat oxidation and fat breaking down.  It really does boost the bodies metabolic rate.

 

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Effects of Coffee on the Rest of the Body

What really affects your body when your drink coffee is the caffeine.  It raises your heart rate and increases your energy for that quick burst of energy.  It can also temporarily reduce fatigue while improving concentration and focus to make the mind more alert.

Though as the saying goes, too much of a good thing is no longer good for you.  Prolonged coffee drinkers can form a tolerance to coffee that may inhibit or dull the effects coffee would normally have on the body.  Not only that, but coffee can be addicting due to the caffeine it contains.

The prolonged use of coffee for the caffeine can cause and lead to difficulty sleeping or insomnia, anxiety, heartburn, irritability (if you do not have it), and create this dependence on coffee.  You may also be adding unnecessary sugars and fats to your diet with the coffee you drink due to the added sugar and cream.

So if you choose to start drinking coffee or have been drinking coffee and want the benefits fully of coffee then try this.  Rather than drinking coffee everyday and increase your tolerance to it, try going on a cycle of coffee.  Try going about 2 to 3 weeks of drinking black coffee, then 2 to 3 weeks not drinking any coffee.  This will make sure the body doesn’t get used to the caffeine in take and instead get the most out of coffee every time you drink it.