If you love coffee and are a regular patron of Tommy’s Freshly Roasted Coffee, this is for you! Now there are even more reasons to love this wonderful beverage… and some of them are even health-related!
1. 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.
2. Coffee isn’t actually that dehydrating.
Great news! Caffeine was once thought to be a significant diuretic, but that’s actually not true. Unless it’s consumed in large quantities (more than 500 to 600 mg a day, or two coffees) there aren’t such negative effects. In fact, studies have shown that urine output isn’t significantly changed when a person drinks a caffeinated beverage, rather than something non-caffeinated like water. So, as long as you enjoy your coffee in moderation, there’s not much to worry about.
3. Coffee can help you live a longer and healthier life.
Coffee contains lots of antioxidants (it’s the biggest source of antioxidants in an average Western diet!) that help the body fight chemicals called “free radicals.” As a result, coffee drinkers are at a lower risk of diseases such as Parkinson’s Disease, Type II Diabetes, and Heart Disease. Here’s the thing, though: coffee drinkers are also more likely to have unhealthy habits such as smoking cigarettes, drinking alcohol heavily, and eating red meat, so the study shown above has been adjusted to show what could happen if these other factors weren’t in effect.
4. Coffee contains important nutrients you need to survive.
A single cup of coffee contains 11% of the daily recommended amount of Riboflavin (vitamin B2), 6% of Pantothenic Acid (vitamin B5), 3% of Manganese and Potassium, and 2% of Niacin and Magnesium.
5. Drinking coffee can help you burn fat.
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. All of the coffee grown on the planet is from an area called “The Coffee Belt.”
The Coffee Belt contains all of the regions that have the conditions needed for coffee growing. Since the plants clearly require lots of sunshine and warmth, it’s pretty easy to say that this belt makes a good outline for the best tropical vacations, too!
7. Caffeine starts working quickly.
It only takes ten minutes to start feeling the effects of caffeine after you take a sip of coffee, so drink up!
8. Coffee can help prevent Alzheimer’s and dementia.
Several studies have shown that coffee drinkers are up to 65% less likely to get Alzheimer’s Disease, which is a leading cause of dementia.
9. Black Ivory coffee is the most expensive kind of coffee on Earth, and it’s made from poop.
The most expensive coffee in the world is made from elephant dung, and it’s called Black Ivory coffee. It costs $50 per cup. Luwak, aka civet, coffee is made by feeding coffee beans to mongoose and then using its feces. It costs $160 per pound.
10. Coffee is good for your liver.
People who drink four cups of coffee a day are 80% less likely to develop cirrhosis, a condition that develops from several diseases affecting the liver.
11. Coffee houses were banned in England because that’s where all the cool kids were drinking.
Okay, kind of. In 1675 King Charles II banned coffee shops because he thought that that’s where people were meeting to conspire against him.
12. Caffeine improves your performance when working out.
Caffeine increases your levels of adrenaline, and releases fatty acids from fat tissues, leading to a better physical performance by those who consume caffeine before working out.