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The magic of a cup of coffee

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Published on : 09 November 2017, 12:37 PM
The magic of a cup of coffee

Only those who love coffee will understand what a cup of coffee in the morning tastes like. It’s just heavenly! And

It`s no secret the drink has magical powers. But have you ever thought about what it`s actually doing after you slug down your morning cup?

Coffee is a chemical juggernaut that gets quickly digested and dispersed throughout the body, affecting everything from brainpower and eyesight to absorption and bowel function. Whatever you take–cold brew, espresso, pour-over or lurched–coffee affects our entire system.

From your brain to your guts, coffee does work on your body. Here`s what happens when you drink it:

The caffeine enters your bloodstream and swiftly finds its way to your brain, where it works as a stimulant and boosts watchfulness and energy.

Caffeine suppresses Adenosine, a chemical which promotes sleep and stimulates the release of adrenaline, which gives us that huge burst of energy and attentiveness associated with a morning cup of coffee.

Caffeine also gets into our pleasure centers, helping develop our mood and keep us hooked.

Like most drugs, caffeine in coffee increases the levels of feel-good chemical dopamine in our brains. (Other stimulants like cocaine have the same effect, but much stronger.) This can improve our moods and increase happiness. But for daily drinkers, this can create addiction.

Coffee stimulates bowel movements, and may even reduce the risk of gallstones.

Experts believe caffeine directly spurs the colonic muscles, promoting bowel movements. Plus, if you`re drinking it hot, the warm liquid itself can help relax the colon and prompt muscle contractions, adding to the laxative effect. When the muscles in the gallbladder specifically are stimulated, it increases emptying, which can reduce the risk of gallstones.

Drinking a cup of strong coffee before morning walk or exercise will help burn an extra amount of calories.

Experts say a cup of coffee on an empty stomach before a morning walk or daily work-out will help hasten your calorie burn. Because like green tea, coffee has fat-burning attributes that elucidate into big losses in calories over time. The caffeine in just one cup can boost calorie burning by four percent over the course of two and half hours.

The downside is that drinking too much can cause insomnia.

Coffee is a necessary choice when you`re tired, but it`s not going to actually give you more energy in the long term. Only good sleep can do that. It takes about 6 hours to reduce the amount of caffeine in our blood by about 50 percent. So if you drink a 200 mg cup at 9 AM, by 3 PM, you`ll have 100 mg left, and by 9 PM you`ll have 50 mg. Keep in mind, that`s the average half-life—how quickly you metabolize caffeine really depends on your individual body chemistry and genetics.

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