Well, it definitely increases MY productivity, that’s for sure.
Many studies have found that coffee in moderate amounts stimulates brain function and truly help you to become a “coffee achiever.”
And there’s also a new article on Live Science that discusses the many health benefits of coffee:
Coffee may be good for the brain, too. A study earlier this year by neuroscientists at the University of Lisbon showed that drinking coffee can help to prevent the neural degeneration associated with brain disorders and aging. The scientists found that drinking up to four cups of coffee a day over a long period of time actually prevented the deterioration of memory.
And just because those scientists are Portuguese doesn’t automatically make them wrong. (I’m half Portagee…)
The article continues with the many different types of cancer coffee helps prevent, likely due to one or more of the many antioxidants and other compounds in the magic brew. (Many of these studies were conducted by scientists not from Portugal.)
My Drug Habits
I ingest very modest amounts of alcohol, perhaps the equivalent of a glass of wine a month.
I think I smoked some pot way back when a few hundred times, but my memory of that is kinda hazy…
So coffee is my one drug, and I’m proud of it. Good strong cup of organic French roast in the morning to kick off the day, and then another cup of mostly decaf in the early afternoon after lunch and a short nap.
Does Coffee Increase Productivity?
It definitely increases mine, and there’s science to back up the general proposition. But there are caveats:
- If I’m truly tired coffee doesn’t help; it makes me feel worse.
- Too much coffee is counterproductive. It makes my mind all monkey and my body all jumpy.
- Coffee too late in the afternoon interferes with my sleep. That’s why I do a mix of caf and decaf in the afternoons.
- Non-organic coffee can have some nasty chemicals in it. Organic is cheap and readily available. I do drink non-organic at Starbucks and a few other coffee joints, but I minimize that.
- Although there are many health benefits of coffee, there are some risks too.
What Say You?
This is your chance to sing the praises of coffee and share your love of nature’s greatest gift to humankind. You wouldn’t dare disagree me, would you?