With the hustle and bustle of everyday life; the early mornings, late nights, plans and schedules to keep to, it’s no surprise we all need a pick me up. Coffee boosts physical performance; it is known that black coffee consumed roughly an hour before exercise can give an 11-12% spike in energy. The caffeine works to increase blood levels through adrenaline (adrenaline being your fight or flight hormone) – ultimately preparing you for physical exertion.
Even in a world of healthy anti-oxidant fuelled teas, and popular drinks such as warm water and lemon, we still love our mochas. Is it the hype? The advertising? The taste? Or simply the addictive and stimulating qualities that it possesses?
Ludwig Van Beethoven took his coffee with exactly 60 beans per cup.
“Won’t you have some coffee before you go?”
The notoriously tempered Beethoven asked the question above to an unwelcome companion and it’s been a famous quote since. He was completely obsessed by coffee and the famed composer is said to have counted 60 beans by hand for every cup, according to his biographer.
Drinking Coffee at PHI Clinic
At PHI we often get asked why there is no drinks machine on show in our waiting room.
There is actually a very good reason for us not having a hot drinks machine in the waiting room.
The majority of our patients are coming in for injectable treatments such as Botox® or dermal fillers. When you drink coffee it increases the blood flow around the body, and this can actually make you more prone to bruising following an injectable treatment. Therefore, we recommend drinking water or juice prior to your treatment. By all means, patients can enjoy a nice latte when we have finished.
One out of two people start their day with coffee. The beans, before the roasting of course, are the seeds of bright red berries and both the berry and the seed are proven to be high in antioxidants. Antioxidants are one of your body’s most valuable friends and can remove potentially damaging oxidising agents from your system.
When a little coffee could come in handy
If you’re looking for a substitute, then you may wish to explore matcha: essentially a powdered form of green tea, again, full of antioxidants, and easy to incorporate into meals and shakes.
Chai has also become extremely popular recently. It is great for providing energy, and its seeds can also be sprinkled on just about anything. Other popular alternatives to coffee are healthy, energy boosting drinks, such Berocca.
Ultimately, for many of us, coffee is life. If kicking it out of your everyday routine isn’t an option, then there are things that can work with coffee to keep everything running smoothly. Drinking water is essential; it helps skin, and helps everything in the body. It is advised to slowly reduce the intake; by cutting just one cup out per day, and then slowly reducing the number of cups continuously throughout the months, it can make all the difference.