For many intermittent fasters, black coffee is like a religion. For me, it was one of the hardest transitions that I had to make when I switched to a clean fast. But, once I found the right type of coffee, and understood and started to experience its benefits, that bitter drink became easy to swallow! Read on and learn about the benefits of drinking black coffee!
This should come as no surprise since coffee has caffeine, but by blocking inhibitory neurotransmitters in the brain, caffeine can cause a stimulant effect. This stimulant effect provides energy, improves mood, sharpens mental focus and cognitive functioning.
Morning coffee anyone? I consume a maximum of two cups of coffee a day. Anything more and I get the jitters.
Improves Physical Performance.
Caffeine helps increase Epinephrine (Adrenaline) levels in the blood, the fight-or-flight hormone which prepares your body for intense physical exertion, which prepares the body for intense physical activity. Caffeine also breaks down body fat in the form of free fatty acids and uses it as fuel to aid your workouts.
I have a cup of black coffee about 30 minutes before my morning workouts and can very much confirm the benefit is real.
Lowers Risk of Disease & Cancer.
Drinking black coffee has been linked with a lower risk of disease including, Parkinson’s, type 2 diabetes, dementia and Alzheimer’s.
Black coffee may also lower the risk of liver and colorectal cancers.
Full of antioxidants and nutrients.
Black coffee is full of nutrients like vitamin B2, vitamin B5, Manganese, potassium and vitamin B3.
Black coffee is also a powerhouse of antioxidants that help protect cells from damage by free radicals.
Increases Life Expectancy.
Drinking black coffee is also linked with a lower risk of mortality including heart disease, stroke and liver disease.
This is excellent news for a girl who anticipates living to 90!
*Note that these benefits decrease and all but disappear as you add sweeteners, milk and creamer to your coffee.
Know your limits.
As with everything you consume, know your limits. Just because you can drink coffee all day long, doesn’t mean you should. If you start to get headaches, feel jittery or can’t sleep, reduce your intake. Knowing how much to consume is up to you. Know your limits.
So, you really want to enjoy the benefits of black coffee, but still can’t swallow the thought of drinking it?
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