The colder days are starting to set in and it is back-to-school for our little ones! This means back to early starts, busy schedules and long days! Well at The Yummy Mummy Club, we know just the thing to help you through it! I am talking about caffeine! Not only will caffeine help you get through the school term, it turns out caffeine has many health benefits too! Here are five reasons why you should indulge in that morning coffee.
1. Coffee is great for boosting our energy levels and for getting us through that afternoon slump. Coffee can also help fuel our workouts. But did you know that consuming more caffeine has also been linked to delaying the occurrence or reducing the risk of Alzheimer’s disease. Caffeine keeps our brains alert and healthy.
2. Weather its work related or family commitments, stress is something we are all familiar with. Caffeine not only helps boost our energy levels to help us get through our to do lists, coffee is great for helping cope with stress and anxiety. For most of us coffee is our comfort. In fact, even just the mere smell of coffee can reduce your anxiety and stress.
3. Coffee is antioxidant-rich. Like many foods such as our fruits and veggies, coffee is a great source of antioxidants. Antioxidants help fight against the free radical cells that circulate in our bodies. This has many health benefits, including fighting against the growth of abnormal cells.
4. Caffeine makes us happy. Think about it… it’s not often you drink a cup of coffee and feel down? Our moods are usually elevated after we consume our favourite cuppa! This is because coffee acts as a mild antidepressant. Coffee produces certain neurotransmitters, including serotonin and dopamine, what I like to call the happy hormones.
5. Coffee can lower your risk of developing type 2 diabetes. It is thought to improve our body’s reaction and tolerance to our blood glucose. Caffeine is believed to speed up our metabolism and improve our insulin tolerance. This lowers the risk of getting type two diabetes, or the severity of the disease.
Disclaimer: Results may vary. Exercise and proper diet are necessary to achieve and maintain weight loss. Consult with your health care processional before beginning any diet or exercise regime.