After long working hours and having to face all those problems you were expected to solve, you are feeling itchying in your stomach and fatigue which is more of psychological nature rather than being a real tiredness.
It’s a familiar feeling, isn’t it?
Sure enough, somewhere close at hand there is this device that no office can do without nowadays. It’s the machine that blurps that hot black magic liquid: coffee!
And there you are heading in its direction together with other colleagues, as it provides an excellent opportunity to break the monotony of your work routine and have some chat. So here comes coffee, your friend which benefficially affects your nervous system and also your mental functioning (memory as well as clarity of thought and expression).
The ever increasing consumption rate of this unique drink is in line with general trends of our time, which shows preference for invigorating beverages over irritating ones.
So how does this beverage affect us?
Coffee is a plant which contains limited amounts of healing, energizing and irritating ingredients, as well as aromatic mixtures and essential oils which make coffee so tasty. Their nutritional value is minimal.
The most active ingredient in this beverage that we love so much is caffeine, the source of 2/3 of all effects that coffee makes.
Caffeine stimulates the central nervous system at all levels.
An average cup of coffee contains 10 – 13 cg of caffeine, while the highest daily amount which may be consummed without any unwanted effects is 1.5g.
In other words, we would have to drink more than ten cups of strong coffee to get close to this dangerous limit.
Obviously, all this is just a theory because effects of drinking coffee are individual. Some people may drink large amounts of coffee without having any problems, while some others may show symptoms such as shaking, irregular heart beat, sweating, irritability, etc. after having only one or two cups.
The euphoric effect and the feeling of well-being which drinking coffee gives have been proven scientifically. These effects, however, are provided only by freshly prepared coffee which keeps its aroma only when it’s hot.
All the mentioned characteristics are almost completely lost when coffee is cold or re-heated.
In any case, it is always a good idea to take a break at work in the middle of the morning and have a cup of this aromatic drink, just don’t forget to take a small nutritious snack with it – a cookie perhaps, or some fruit.