How can your daily cup of coffee be good for you?
The first cup of coffee in the morning can be more than just a habit. It can be the key to a successful day. When you have your cup of coffee you not only have the opportunity to sit and be grateful for the things you have, you also promote Dopamine transmission. Dopamine is a chemical in the brain that is active in cognitive function, motivation, arousal and movement.
Cognitive function? Do I mean that Coffee is good for how well your brain works? Yes! It can play a role in getting the spark and the drive you need for thinking, memory and getting things done. There are a number of studies that show long term of use of coffee, tea and caffeine will actually decrease your risk for age related dementia and the onset of Alzheimer’s Disease.
When I say coffee and caffeine can be good for your brain, that doesn’t mean that adding cream and sugar is good for you too. Those sugared up coffee drinks can actually erase all the good and be bad for your brain. No energy drinks either, Eeek! Read about that coming up. Learn to drink and enjoy the pure simple taste of a great roasted high quality coffee.
Even though it has been proven that there are benefits of drinking coffee and caffeine you have to keep your own experiences in mind. Do not start drinking coffee if you know you already suffer from adverse effects. Coffee can disturb your sleep if you don’t detoxify it well. We can talk about that another time. As always, please contact your own doctor starting or adding anything new.
Because quality of life matters!
Tamara Lund, Doctor of Chiropractic, American Chiropractic Neurology Board