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Most people know that a cup of coffee will wake them up and make them more alert first thing in the morning. It’s a little shocking, but there really are non-coffee drinkers alive and well in this world. I even know a couple of them personally.
These non-coffee drinkers are most certainly in the minority, however, and even they have a way of getting a morning shot of caffeine. They will either drink a cup of tea, a soft drink, or a glass of chocolate milk — all of which contain caffeine, the active ingredient in coffee.
The caffeine in coffee is a stimulant. It is a natural stimulant without many, if any, side effects. Drinking a lot of coffee can make a person nervous, but even a lot of coffee will not raise blood pressure or increase the heart rate for more than a few minutes. The stimulating effect of coffee lasts a long time, though. A single cup of coffee will relieve boredom, make people perform tedious tasks better, and keep them more alert and well-functioning for several hours.
Coffee is actually a health food. Really! Those who drink coffee regularly are less likely to be diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia. Coffee has been proven to stave off type-2 diabetes, even in people who are glucose intolerant. Coffee is recognized as a colorectal cancer preventative. Coffee is effective in reducing the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease. There are studies in progress of the positive effects coffee drinking can have on a whole host of human maladies, and coffee is loaded with antioxidants.
So start your day with a cup of coffee, and enjoy it. Coffee not only tastes good, it makes you feel better in the moment and it will help you live a full and healthy life. Coffee is health food!
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