Instant Human - Just Add Coffee

"We want to do a lot of stuff. We're not in great shape. We didn't get a good night's sleep.
We're a little depressed. Coffee solves all these problems in one delightful little cup."
-- Jerry Seinfeld

Well, Jerry, you sure nailed that one right on the head. I never thought I would have seen this quote and known it to be true. Up until this stage of my life, I've rolled sluggishly out of bed, but always bounced awake with the first morning conversation or the sound of hustle and bustle in the hallways. Teachers and peers would often joke about how they didn't understand how I could have so much energy in the mornings! Unfortunately for me, those days are over. I have finally joined the other 100 million Americans who enjoy, and sometimes even require, coffee on a daily basis.

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The average coffee drinker in the U.S. spends approximately $164 in coffee drinks yearly. So, what is so great about this product? Many of us know about its tremendous capabilities to help us focus on tasks, wake up early in the mornings, and keep late nights studying. However, there are some great health benefits as well that have been studied.

Coffee is packed with antioxidants, which are powerful in scavenging the free radicals in your body to help prevent further cell damage in your many organ systems as well as your arteries (atherosclerosis, anyone?). By scavenging all these free radicals, the body is protected against potential mutations, which can in turn cause malignant cell growth, therefore leading to cancer. As with any food with antioxidant properties, they are great for helping protect against cancer.

Coffee is known to increase your basal (resting) metabolic rate, which may aid in weight loss or prevention of Type 2 Diabetes, although the research is not conclusive. It's also important to note that caffeine may enhance not only your physical performance for a workout, but also your mental and cognitive performance during exam time.

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A beautiful picture I took of a rainbow cloud to help brighten your week! The subtle beauties of nature!

Despite all the evidence out there rooting for or against this miracle beverage, the conclusion I leave you with is this: too much of anything is bad for you. It is important to note that when studies are conducted, they are done so based on coffee consumption habits, and not necessarily on the coffee itself.

If you're going to drink coffee on a daily basis, remember that 1 cup of coffee is only 5 ounces, not the giant Bubba Keg mug you see some people bring into work every day. Try to stay within the 2-3 cup range, and keep it as close to black as you can. The health benefits of coffee are in just that, the coffee. Be careful of the sugary creamers with all the hydrogenated oils that your body can't break down, or my favorite ones, the "instant creamers." Whoever said cream should be a powder?! Give your body the best building blocks to start its day, and I hope you enjoy the kick-start coffee brings you with each delicious sip! :)