Drinking coffee has become a way of life for most people, and sipping the bold black liquid dates as far back as the 15th century.
There are many theories on how coffee was first discovered, the most substantiated of which is when a man travelling through Ethiopia “…observed birds of unusual vitality, and, upon trying the berries that the birds had been eating, experienced the same vitality.”
What are the benefits of drinking coffee? Well… there are several:
1. Weight Loss
Yup, that’s right. Drinking coffee can help you achieve your weight loss goals. The caffeine in coffee stimulates your metabolism and thereby increases the amount of calories your body burns. It also reduces sugar cravings and acts as an appetite suppressant, making it the ultimate trifecta of weight loss tools.
2. It Is The Ultimate Pre-Workout Cocktail
Drinking a cup of coffee prior to working out has been proven to increase athletic performance. In one study, conducted in the UK, triathletes were able to achieve race times 5% faster after consuming a little java before training. According to a 2013 study published in the Journal of Strength Conditioning and Research, “muscle soreness was significantly reduced following strength training in participants who ingested caffeine an hour before hitting the weights.” Less soreness means harder, more frequent training, which will directly increase results over time.
3. Makes You Smarter
In a study conducted by researchers at Johns Hopkins University, participants exhibited better longer term memory once given caffeine. It showed that their recollection of certain memories was increased for 24 hours. If you drink a cup of coffee every morning, then, you’re covered, and this might also explain what happens to you when you miss your morning ritual.
4. Coffee Provides Us With More Antioxidants Than Fruits & Vegetables Combined
According to a study conducted by researchers at the University of Scranton, coffee provides the majority of antioxidants in the Western diet and can protect us against:
- Liver cancer
- Colon cancer
- Type 2 diabetes
- Parkinson’s disease
5. Makes You Happier
According to a study published in the Harvard gazette, “Caffeine not only stimulates the central nervous system but may act as a mild antidepressant by boosting production of certain neurotransmitters in the brain, including serotonin, dopamine, and noradrenaline. This could explain the lower risk of depression among coffee drinkers that had been found in past epidemiological studies.“
How To Avoid The Coffee Crash & Stay Focused All Day
It has become customary to add sugar to your coffee and many of the negative effects associated with drinking coffee are actually the result of sugar consumption. These include sugar cravings and the all-too-familiar coffee crash. Another criticism of drinking coffee is adrenal fatigue, which is the body’s “flight or fight” response being triggered for an extended period of time. There are claims that this causes feelings of tiredness, however there are no conclusive studies to confirm its existence. We have all had days where we drank too much coffee and then crashed later on. It would appear that “the dose makes the poison” when looking at over-consuming coffee, and one should take all factors into consideration including age, health, and sensitivity to caffeine.
3 Ways To Supercharge Your Coffee
1. Use Quality Beans – Many coffee brands buy their beans through a chain of wholesalers and distributors and then mix them to create their final product. You can imagine how hard it would be to maintain high standards when the beans come from several farms and with so many people in the supply chain. The issue of mold being in coffee and contributing to the coffee crash was made popular by Dave Asprey. Although many coffee’s do not contain mold either, Bulletproof Coffee is of single origin and free from mold toxins. He claims that coffee without mold can provide hours of energy without feeling tired several hours later.
2. Add Unsalted Grass Fed Butter – This is butter that comes from cows that eat grass rather than grains, and is a critical component of supercharged coffee. Using margarine or regular butter will not produce the same effect, and unsalted butter is preferred just based on taste (trust me on this one). Adding butter is a great substitute for sugar and milk and it provides healthy fats for you brain and body. It is a great source of Vitamin K and it contains CLA (Conjugated linoleic acid), which has been proven to help you burn fat and lose weight. Other than all its health benefits and fat loss properties, grass fed butter makes your coffee taste great.
3. Add Medium Chain Tryglicerides – These fatty acids are found in abundance in coconut oil. There are many benefits to coconut oil, such as fat loss, better skin, stress relief, and improved digestion — just to name a few. MCT oil contains the most of the beneficial fatty acids in coconut oil and it is odourless and tasteless. This makes it a great additive to your coffee and it boasts miracle-like claims such as preventing Alzheimer’s and dementia. This is because it helps with overall brain performance, creating a synergistic effect when mixed with mold free coffee and healthy fats for energy. You can use the MCT oil in the link above, or throw a tablespoon of organic coconut oil in your coffee.
The last secret to making Supercharged Coffee is to use a powerful blender to mix the coffee, butter, and MCT oil together. It will not be the same if you stir the coffee!
Here are some great options as to where you can get ingredients for great coffee.
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