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THE BENEFITS OF COFFEE

THE BENEFITS OF COFFEE

Hands up who needs a coffee to get going in the morning? Or to get over the mid afternoon slump? (Yes. And err yes).

International Coffee Day on October 1st celebrates this essential brew. It also acts to raise awareness of where coffee comes from and campaigns for a living wage for the farmers that produce it.

What is in this vital drink, and what can it do for us?

WHAT IS COFFEE ANYWAY?

Coffee beans are actually the seeds of the coffee fruit. The process of getting from plant to cup is quite lengthy. Centuries of refinement in harvesting, processing and roasting have got us the variety and tastes of coffee that we have today.

WHAT CAN COFFEE DO FOR ME?

Coffee contains a surprising number of nutrients. Each cup contains a few percent of your daily doses of vitamins B2, B3 and B5. There are also traces of manganese and potassium. With a few cups a day, it adds up.

Crucially for most of us, coffee contains caffeine, the stimulant drug of choice for billions of people. Caffeine affects your brain chemistry, giving a boost to mood and sharpening brain function (students don’t rely on it without reason!)

Coffee helps with exercise too. A cheeky coffee before you Hussle will give improve your effectiveness as caffeine also raises your metabolic rate. That means that when combined with a workout, caffeine can really help to shift fat. 

ANYTHING TO WATCH OUT FOR?

Too much of a good thing isn’t necessarily better, and that certainly applies to coffee. Overdo it, and the caffeine can affect sleep and even cause heart palpitations.  Also watch the coffee extras. All those milks, syrups and shots can stack on the calories.

It is International Coffee Day on October 1st. Take the opportunity to buy Fairtrade, and as always do your eco-bit. If you must have coffee on the go, carry your own cup. All the popular places will now fill it for you, usually with a bit knocked off the price.

At home, consider a beans/grinder/cafetiere setup rather than single use coffee pods (cheaper too!)

Enjoy your brew!

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Jessica Ambrose

Jessica is a fitness writer who loves long distance running, yoga, strength training and healthy eating.

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