Coffee Wisdom

Coffee Increases Productivity and Safety at Work

Workers who are subject to “shift work” suffer from increased tiredness due to the interruption in their biological clock.  This disruption can lead to more accidents and less productivity at work. 

Researchers looked at workers who drank caffeine, whether in coffee or energy drinks and compared those results to workers who took naps and placebos.  The results: work-related tests showed those on the caffeine suffered significantly less mistakes and had better memory, attention, perception and reasoning. 

 ”It seems reasonable to assume that reduced errors are associated with fewer injuries, although we cannot quantify such a reduction.” says lead researcher Katharine Ker of the London School of Tropical Medicine.

Researchers: Coffee Lowers Risk of Stroke

We have all heard that coffee might help prevent strokes.  Well, now there is research to back it up.  This news comes from a study that was presented by researchers from Great Britain at the International Stroke Conference in San Antonio Texas.

Researchers out of Great Britain tracked 2,300 people for 11 years to study whether or not coffee had an effect at lowering the odds of having a stroke.  What they found was that, indeed, coffee might be just what the doctor ordered.

The British researchers studied a group using caffinated and decaffinated coffee.  They found that those who drank coffee were 27 percent less likely to experience a stroke than those who did not.  The benefits were just as good for decaf coffee drinkers, ruling out caffiene as the cure-all in coffee.  Researchers suspect antioxidants in coffee lowers inflammation in blood vessels, but more study is needed.

Coffee and Alcohol: A Sobering Study?

A new study published in Behavioral Neuroscience by Temple University suggests that the caffeine in coffee does not sober you up when you are intoxicated.  However, it will make you think that it has achieved a sobering affect.  

The Temple University study was conducted on mice using a maze with negative stimuli such as bright lights and loud sounds.  Those given only alcohol seemed to be more laid back, but failed miserably at completing the maze.  The mice given only caffeine tended to preform better on the maze, but were found to be more uptight.  The mice given an cocktail of alcohol and caffiene amounting to the human equivalent of 8 cups of coffee were both relaxed and alert, but also incompetent when it came to avoiding the negative stimuli of the test.

“The myth about coffee’s sobering powers is particularly important to debunk because the co-use of caffeine and alcohol could actually lead to poor decisions with disastrous outcomes,” says Thomas Gould, who conducted the research.  He further went on to state that those who consume both “may feel awake and competent enough to handle potentially harmful situations, such as driving while intoxicated or placing themselves in dangerous social situations.”

How Astronauts Drink Coffee

This is a really neat video about how astronauts drink coffee in space.

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Ky Coffee Tree: Plant It!

Gymnocladus Dioicus, also known as the Kentucky Coffee Tree, has been deemed suitable for urban planting. The plant got its local name when early Ky Settlers noticed that the seeds of the tree resembled coffee and roasted them for that purpose. The “coffee”, when drank in large quantities, was poisonous to its consumer.

The Ky Coffee tree is resistant to all sorts of adversities, including drought, pollution, road salt, diseases and insects. On top of that, it is a beautiful tree for landscaping. They are already being used as decoration along streets in many states in the US. The tree was once the KY State Tree. To find out more about this tree, please visit www.theleafchronical.com

Coffee Helps You Become and Stay Fit

You have heard it for years. Personal trainers practice it diligently and so do bodybuilders. It helps your workout making you more effective. What is this miracle substance? Coffee. Plain and simple, coffee has remained a sort of “supplement” of choice among fitness buffs to become fit and maintain fitness.

Coffee is very effective when consumed just before a workout according to research by Dr. Robert Motl of the University of Illinois. It helps to block muscle fatigue symptoms, alowing you to do more and push yourself that extra mile.   Its important to remember to also consume enough water during your workout and the rest of your day to counter the fact that coffee is a diuretic.

Go ahead, drink up, workout hard and become fitter with less pain.

Save Money: Make Coffee at Home

You can save around $100 per month simply by making coffee at home.  Many of us hit the road in the morning and go straight to the local coffee shop drive-through.  Spending between $2.50 and $5 each morning can really add up over the course of a week.  All of this adds up to one expensive habit.

Yahoo.com reported that “making your coffee at home will run about $0.12-0.28 per cu — small beans compared to store-bought. Assuming the higher end of that estimate calculates to just $1.40 per week or $5.60 each month. For that sweet price, you can afford to take a refill to the office in a reusable travel mug ($11.20 per month) for a later pick-me-up”.

As for me, I enjoy the variety and quality of coffee  that I find from www.honeybean.com ,  however, there are many of shops where you can get great gourmet coffee whether you want to order it online and have it delivered to your door like me, or go to the store itself and pick it out.  You get great coffee and a great value.  Even in these tough economic times, you don’t have to sacrifice your coffee to balance your budget, just modify your routine.

Does Coffee Dehydrate You?

People who live in higher elevations, such as in Boulder, CO., often worry about dehydration.  They feel that due to the dry climate and huge amount of outdoor activities, they must drink water from the time they get up until they lay their head on the pillow at night to stay hydrated.  It also makes many wonder if coffee is a dehydrating drink.  Some health professionals tell their clients to drink two glasses of water for every cup of coffee they drink in order to avoid dehydration.  However, recent research is countering this assumption. 

Vanderbilt University Institute for Coffee Studies and Positively Coffee have been doing research on the dehydrating effects of coffee.  Their studies show that moderate caffeine consumption does not dehydrate people, but it is considered an acceptable contributor to a humans daily fluid intake requirement.  A 2007 study looked at fluid balance, hydration and exercise in the heat.  They concluded that if you have no more than 400mg of caffeine, there is no dehydration effect with either exercise or at rest.  A 1.5 ounce sot of espresso contains approximately 77 mg of caffeine so a single or even a double latte in the morning will not hurt you.  Many people even say that consuming coffee before they exercise makes them more productive during their activity. 

For more information check out www.vanderbilt.edu/ics/ICS_Home.shtml

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