At Lomax we understand the chocolate cravings and coffee obsessions ― with our Chelsea café serving the exceptional coffee produced by Monmouth it is nearly impossible for our team to skip our daily (or twice daily) cup.
And why not? Coffee isn’t the devil. It has its upside and downsides. For your benefit, and ours, we did a bit of research and have the distilled it all into simple pros and cons, as well as a few tips on how to make the most of your morning cup.
» Ever Changing Moods
Coffee has a proven positive impact on our psycho-active responses such as being alert and happy.
» Doctor’s Orders
Regular, moderate, consumption of coffee has been found to reduce the risk of Parkinson’s disease, gallstones, kidney stones and type 2 diabetes. More recent studies showed that it reduced the risk of liver cancer by 50%.
» Sporting Life
For endurance athletes, coffee has been known to mobilise fat stores which will, in turn, delay the depletion of muscle glycogen.
» Inner & Outer Beauty
Coffee is full of antioxidants, which help against ageing and cell damage.
Coffee is still thought to be a cause for increased risk of cardiovascular disease.
» Road Blocks
Coffee may increase the levels of homocysteines in the blood which is a risk factor for stroke and Peripheral disease.
» Caffeine Highs
Coffee temporarily raises blood pressure, therefore anyone suffering from chronic hypertension should be careful regarding the quantities they consume.
» Energy Lows
Coffee is a diuretic. The resulting dehydration that many coffee drinkers suffer brings on an energy drop and headaches that we often attribute to lack of coffee but is truly due to dehydration from too much coffee!
MAKE THE MOST OF YOUR COFFEE:
• Drink a glass of water with/after having a coffee to minimise the risk of dehydration.
• Limit coffee to one cup per day or remove from your diet if you are highly stressed or have sleeping problems. In the latter case, avoid coffee after lunchtime.
• If you suffer from high blood pressure, limit coffee intake to a maximum of 1-2 cups per day.
• Spread out the intake of coffee throughout the day to sustain alertness – for example instead of drinking two cups in the morning, have one cup in the morning and the other around lunchtime.
• Recent studies have shown that 2 cups of coffee per day may reduce the risk of Parkinson’s disease, however, higher levels of intake could begin to work against you.