coffee & health

Coffee (Pre-Workout)

I think one of the hardest parts of working out is getting a consistent workout schedule. Motivation has been one of my biggest problems, but a big pre-workout routine I have established is with the use of coffee before my workouts. For me this comes in the form of a cup of coffee (which I prefer hot), the stronger the better. Some people use supplements before workouts for enhancement benefits, which can take up to thirty minutes to kick in, with coffee I can feel it working instantly.

How Coffee Aids in Workouts:

The thing that gives coffee its jolt that makes workout better is the caffeine, which is a central nervous system stimulant. Caffeine also increases Dopamine, which works to activate the pleasure parts of the brain. Overall, caffeine makes you feel alert; it pumps adrenaline to help give you more energy, the dopamine increase makes you feel better which results in better workout. There has been studies done on elite swimmers and runners who have used coffee before there events which indicate increase performances. I seldom skip my daily cup of coffee followed by a workout, which I have found to be an awesome combination. Here are a few likes and dislikes that I have about using coffee as a pre-workout supplement:

• Increases energy
• Improves workout
• Quick and fast acting
• Very inexpensive for pre-workout supplement use

• Drinking it too close to bedtime can cause insomnia
• Can act as a diuretic if too much is consumed

Health Benefits of Coffee Consumption:

There has been debate the safety of coffee drinking but coffee lover my be surprised to learn the according to WebMD, coffee might be associated with lowering the risk of Parkinson’s Disease, colon cancer, and one of America’s latest epidemics-type 2 diabetes. Over decades there have been more than 19,000 studies on the effects of coffee drinking and Thomas DePaulis, PHD, research scientist at Vanderbilt’s University for Coffee studies on the subject of coffee drinking “For most people, very little bad comes from drinking it, but a lot of good”.

There have been times I have skipped my cup of coffee because I was in a hurry or just plain forgot and I could really tell the difference in how much effort I put into my workout routine. When I was pregnant, I was afraid to drink coffee because of the caffeine but my health care provider said that as long as I kept it to one cup there should not be a problem, and it was not. Beside help to enhance my workouts, I really like the taste of coffee, so my question to you is; Second cup anybody.

Coffee Drink Basics

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Coffee – Instant Or Ground

When I wake up in the morning I want my coffee. I do not have an automatic coffee maker so I used to resort to instant coffee for my first dose of caffeine. Then as I drink my instant coffee, I make a pot of ground java.

Instant java is a brew that has already been made. But instead of drinking it, the brew is freeze dried. Freeze drying is nothing more than putting the brew in a chamber, and lowering the temperature and pressure. When the temperature is below freezing, and pressure is less than atmospheric, heat is applied to remove the moisture from the brew. Now you have freeze dried crystals. Add boiling water and you have instant java.

But I like ground coffee the best, much better flavor. I used to make my ground coffee by using a French Press. A French Press is where you put the coffee grounds in a pot, pour boiling water in and then use a press to force the coffee grounds to the bottom of the pot. As you force the coffee grounds down, the water, which has absorbed the coffee, is separated from the coffee grounds and is forced to the top of the press. Therefore the coffee grounds and coffee brew are separated, allowing you to pour the coffee out without the grounds.

Since I found the French Press, I found it takes about the same amount of time to make coffee this way as it does to make an instant brew. I have given up on instant and now just have fresh brewed using the French Press.