For the longest time, I thought that coffee was something that we should be avoiding and it’s really bad for you we should not be taking it. But I was wrong, the other day I accidentally stumbled across a video on coffee and it piqued my curiosity so I watched it and I was intrigued by what the person said about it so I decided to learn more about coffee, specifically about the caffeine in it which I believed was so bad for you. Turns out it is not that bad for you and may even have benefits.
So what does coffee actually do, well as you might know coffee contains caffeine which is the worlds most widely consumed psychoactive drug, blocks one of the neuron transmitters in the brain called adenosine. Adenosine is an inhibitory neuron transmitter and its foremost action is to hose down brain activity. So when coffee blocks adenosine it increases overall neural firing in the brain that increases the activity of other neurotransmitters like dopamine which ultimately stimulates changes in our energy, mood and attention.
Positive impacts of Coffee
- Enhances memory performance
- Improves memory and recall
- Improves mood
- Enhances physical performance
- Improves recovery from exercise
- Contains more antioxidants than green tea and cocoa.
- Coffee drinkers may have a reduced risk of cardiovascular diseases(including heart attack, heart failure, and stroke), type 2 diabetes, Parkinson’s disease, uterine and liver cancer, etc
Negative impacts of coffee
- Can cause insomnia
- Can cause restlessness
- Can cause anxiety
- Can cause jitteriness
- Bad quality coffee can be toxic
- Too much coffee raises stress levels
- Coffee can seriously dehydrate you so for every cup of coffee you should be drinking two cups of water.
- Can suffer from caffeine withdrawal
- Pregnant women should not be having high amounts of caffeine.
So is coffee good or bad for you? There are many more positive and negative impacts of drinking coffee. The ones mentioned above are only a few. All the negative effects of drinking coffee are caused when consumed in high amounts or when the person becomes addicted to it and feels like they cannot go through the day without coffee. At the end of the day, we should remember that caffeine is a drug and we can get addicted to it. But there are many benefits to drinking coffee. So the best strategy would be to not take it regularly or take a week off from coffee every three weeks if you are a daily drinker. This builds your tolerance to caffeine.
In my opinion, I feel like people who do drink coffee can change to decaf coffee. Decaf coffee tastes exactly like normal coffee or at least very similar to the normal coffee and it has no caffeine. Even though it is labelled as “decaf” coffee when people drink the coffee since it tastes exactly like normal coffee they might believe that it doesn’t really make much of a difference and thanks to the placebo effect they will experience the same benefits they had while they drank normal coffee. In fact, there are people who drink decaf coffee unknowingly and believe that whatever outcome they were looking from that coffee occurred because they drank “caffeinated” coffee. This is just my opinion.
Yes, you read it. Don’t be content. I did not get the title wrong. The idea of being content is something that gets stuck to us from our society since childhood. I think that the idea of being content developed because we didn’t want people to be greedy. But there is a difference between pursuing your desires apart from our needs versus being greedy. Keep wanting more, never be content but…… you should be GRATEFUL. That is what most people miss.
The following passage comes from the Gospel of Mathew in the Holy Scripture, and it has been mystified, confused and misunderstood by many people and over the centuries.
“Whoever has will be given more, and he will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken from him”
You have to admit that when you read the passage it appears unjust, as it seems to be saying that the rich will get richer and the poor will get poorer. But there is a mystery to uncover, the answer has eluded so many for centuries is one hidden word: gratitude.
“Whoever has gratitude will be given more and he or she will have an abundance. Whoever does not have gratitude, even what he or she has will be taken away from him or her.”
By the revelation of one hidden word, a cryptic text is made crystal clear. If you don’t take the time to be grateful you’ll never have more, and what you do have will lose. It doesn’t matter what religion you follow, or whether you’re religious or not. These words apply to your life.
When you’re content you are like stagnant water. You just lay there and receive everything that is been thrown at you. Life is about living and not just existing. But like everything, this too is a double-edged sword. You should also not be greedy. But when you’re grateful you automatically won’t be greedy. There’s plenty and more for all our needs and desires but not for our greed. Forget what society tells you about being content, instead, work hard for the things that you want and grateful. Also, don’t feel guilty for wanting things because then you don’t really manifest those things and it hurts you. It’s human nature to never be content but you should be grateful. That is what separates us from being just another species. Finding the right balance between all of this is the biggest lesson in our lives and the earlier you find it, the earlier you’ll succeed in your definition of success
The sweltering heat of summer was unbearable. I went to my favorite haunt. It was a small cove surrounded by coconut trees. The water was pale blue and crystal clear. I sat on a rock and as I lowered my feet into the water I noticed my reflection. My face looked sad and depressed. This is how I’ve always looked. Well not always but for the past few months. All I did was contemplated life choices and regret over it. Today was no different. Suddenly someone or something pushed me into the water. I was sitting in the shallow end but still, I fell deeper and deeper until the water turned navy blue. It felt kind of like Alice in Wonderland and surprisingly I could breathe. I was deep down in the ocean and I noticed the beautiful marines creatures swimming gracefully beside me. I felt a state of peace and tranquility. All of a sudden there was this voice, it said
“Everything happens for a reason. Regardless of what you say everything that has ever happened and what is going to happen are all “for” you not “to” you. It might not make sense now but someday some time all the pieces will fit perfectly. The past is in the past. No matter how many times you revisit it, analyze it, regret it, it’s over. So there is no point sulking and overthinking about it. You get one life, so look around and appreciate what you see and thank your past because that made you a stronger person.”
I didn’t see anyone and I didn’t know whether what was happening was real or just my imagination. I realized my mistake, the moment I realized my mistake I woke up on the shore. I looked around confused and walked to the water. The water was glistening in the sunlight. I felt a wave of happiness hit me and I started smiling. At that point, I didn’t care if it was real I learned my mistake and my life transformed for the better.