Globally, we’re drinking more coffee than ever before, as coffee shops become our new “local” community spaces. With well over 70% of Viewsbankers drinking one or more cups of coffee per day, it’s easy to see why!
For many of us, coffee has become more than just the morning pick me up, it has become a way of sharing, connecting, self expression, and culture. Coffee consumption has surpassed and even doubled the amount of tea we drink here in the UK! With all this coffee now a part of our lives, maybe it’s time for each of us to take a step back and understand our coffee consumption more thoroughly.
Is coffee good or bad for us? There have been many studies, articles, and theories on whether or not coffee and caffeine is a healthy aspect of our lives, but many are conflicting and leave us wondering what we should actually believe.
In recent studies, it seems that for the average person of good health, coffee can have quite a few positive effects, but that potential negative side effects should not be ignored. In short, each of us is different. As with nearly everything, we need to judge these benefits and side effects for ourselves and our bodies.
So, what can we do to tell if coffee works for or against us?
Try taking a break. Coffee can be very addictive, with withdrawal symptoms showing if we miss a cup. This can be the sign many of us need to try quitting caffeine, at least for a trial… Check out these great reasons to quit caffeine for some inspiration as well as these helpful tips!
Altering our morning habits. There are many small changes we can make to our morning routine to start our day off on the best foot possible. Take a look here for some inspiration!
Taking note of the effects. Writing down and keeping track of how we feel, what our mood is, and what our bodies felt like throughout the day in correlation with our coffee consumption can help us to better understand its impacts and how we should move forward in the healthiest ways.
Listening to our bodies (and our minds.) Our bodies know when something is good or bad for us, it is merely up to us to listen and respond accordingly. There are many ways for each of us to get better at this, and now is a great opportunity to start!
Let us know your thoughts, habits, and experiences with coffee in the comments below!