Over the years, we have heard to stay away from caffeine, especially coffee because it was being classified as a drug. “Say no to drugs” has been our world-wide motto and this campaign was affecting the coffee bean industry; however, there has never been a study or test that has proven coffee or caffeine has a connection to a heart condition or any other medical problem. Being a drug-free athlete, this makes the barista’s singing sound much better then it really is.
So what are the coffee pros and cons? Well on the con side, drinking about 2 cups of coffee could possibly cause a rapid heart beat in a small percentage of people and could temporarily raise their body temperature. I recall a funny story – but not so funny then – about my uncle drinking too much coffee and then catching a flight. After the plane got to cruising altitude he experienced a rapid heart rate and thought he was going to have a heart attack…he hasn’t drank coffee since.
On the pro side, some weight loss clients have been advised to drink 2 cups of coffee in the morning before a workout to help reduce body fat. How this works is that the client will awake with an empty stomach, drink the 2 cups of coffee and proceed to workout. The caffeine in the coffee will boost their endurance by prolonging fatigue and help the client burn just body fat. I also drink coffee pre-workout and I find that it stimulates my metabolism and raises my body temperature which allows me to get the maximum calorie burn during my workouts. It’s like the gas that you need to throw on the fire to get it started then you can get a slow and hot burn going for the next hour while you workout. What many people do wrong is they eat a meal right before a work- out, usually high carbohydrates or no meal at all and wonder why they crash during a workout. Unfortunately, you will only maintain your current weight and body fat instead of tapping into your excess body fat storage.
Some other benefits to drinking coffee are:
* improvements to long term memory
* stimulates the bowels
* natural diuretic
Of course, plenty of clear liquids should be taken in to flush out toxins no matter how much coffee is consumed. The only proven negative effect of coffee is that unfiltered coffee beans have compounds that could possibly raise your blood cholesterol as much as 20 points. Basically, stay away from coffee made in a French press. Many people claim the flavor is better but obviously not healthy for the body. Therefore, drink only filtered coffee!!
A couple tidbits of information about caffeine:
* 1 shot of espresso has less caffeine than regular coffee
* Tea has more caffeine than regular coffee
* 1 cup of coffee can enhance your alertness
Please note that Tea leaves do contain more caffeine than coffee beans. However when brewed into a beverage a cup of coffee will generally have 3X the amount of caffeine than a same sized cup of tea. However caffeine values for both beverages vary widely depending on the type of beans/leaves used and the brewing method as well as the amount of beans/leaves used. Percolated coffee by far is the strongest Java that ever lived.. having an
So, there you go.. the coffee pros and cons now go ahead and have a Java Jolt and enjoy! Take advantage of the benefits a hot cup of coffee can do for you. One short, skinny latte to go could add amazing results to your life!!
PS, After much pressure from my wife, I have finally succomed and registered for a Starbucks card and their rewards program – I’m HOOKED.
Inspire to Aspire,