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Tuesday, 14 March 2017

3 Scientific Links Between Coffee And Productivity at Work

Coffee and Productivity at Work

With its intoxicating aroma and an ensuing jolt of alertness, coffee serves as the daily wake-up call for many of us that helps us power through our lives. It’s no surprise that coffee is one of the most consumed beverages in the world.
In a popular New York Times article in May (“More Consensus on Coffee’s Benefits Than You Might Think”), Indiana University School of Medicine professor Aaron E. Carroll outlined the persuasive evidence that coffee consumption is associated with a wide range of decreased health risks and increased longevity.
A growing body of research points to coffee as a brew rich with antioxidants. It’s been shown to help ward off heart conditions, cancer, and Alzheimer’s disease. For the first time ever, the top nutrition advisory panel in the United States weighed in on coffee earlier this year: The Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee noted that there are few health risks associated with drinking moderate amounts of coffee.
Even better for coffee lovers, the panel cites “consistent evidence” of health benefits associated with drinking coffee and encourages people to boost their consumption to three to five cups a day, or up to 400 milligrams of caffeine. Though five cups of coffee sounds like a lot, most research equates a cup of coffee with 8 ounces, containing 100 milligrams of caffeine. A typical small coffee from your local coffee shop is 12 ounces with roughly 150 milligrams of caffeine.
And even that small coffee can make a difference at the office — the links between coffee and productivity at work are strong. Nearly half the U.S. workforce agrees, with 46 percent noting that they are less productive if they go without coffee, according to a CareerBuilder employee survey. As long as you don’t overdo it and give yourself the shakes, drinking coffee can ramp up your productivity at work — and here are three reasons why.

1. It helps you stay more alert

The caffeine in coffee doesn’t actually wake you up… but it does put a halt to the main compound in your brain that makes you sleepy. Called adenosine, the substance builds up throughout the day and lowers the body’s energy levels, which in turn fosters sleepiness.
After you drink coffee in the morning — when you might still be tired from leftover adenosine in your system — or by refueling during an afternoon slump, caffeine blocks your brain’s adenosine receptors. With the receptors blocked, now your brain no longer thinks it’s sleepy.
Meanwhile, the caffeine also ramps up your brain’s energy levels. More energy equals enhanced memory, ability to focus, problem-solving, and general cognitive function, according to a Nutrition study that reviewed scores of scientific research on caffeine.
So when you need to concentrate on a crucial project at work, you can heighten your focus by sipping on coffee. Your brain will snap to attention, helping you plow through simple tasks or sort out the most complicated issues of the day.

2. It gets the creative juices flowing

Some argue that coffee puts a damper on creativity because the alertness it fosters keeps the mind from wandering. And a dreamy, wandering mind is often conducive to creative, out-of-the-box thinking.
But research from MIT and others supports the notion that coffee can help people be more creative both individually and in a group setting. Sitting together over coffee at work can break down normal social and professional barriers, leading to more casual or freewheeling conversations.
For others, drinking coffee stimulates their brains, blowing out the cobwebs and making room for innovative thinking or a bolt of inspiration.
Some thrive when they work in a coffee shop while getting their coffee fix. In that case, it’s actually the ambient noise that improves their creativity, according to a Journal of Consumer Research study. Low-level sound makes it tougher for the brain to process information, which prompts more abstract thinking and creative problem-solving.

3. It helps you learn new things faster

There’s a reason college campuses are home to numerous coffee shops. The coffee-fueled brain works overtime to help you learn faster and improves information retention. And you don’t have to be a student to need this competitive advantage: When you’re working in a setting where things are always changing, you can never really stop learning.
study from the journal PLOS One reports that 200 milligrams of caffeine prods the brain to identify words and phrases more quickly. The psychologists behind the research gave healthy subjects either a caffeine or lactose pill. Those who got caffeine were able to tell more quickly whether a string of letters made an actual word or a made-up word.
Another study involving college students found that those who took 200 milligrams of caffeine could better recall words from six lists of 15 words each. The aforementioned Nutrition study also found that drinking coffee led to improved short-term memory and an increased ability to solve reason-based problems.
Whether you’re studying for a certification exam or trying to master new material, coffee can make your learning time more productive.

But how much is too much?

Of course, there can be too much of a good thing when it comes to coffee. Once you start drinking more than five cups a day, or 500-600 milligrams of caffeine, your body starts feeling over-caffeinated.
The Mayo Clinic notes that side effects from drinking too much coffee include irritability, upset stomach, rapid heartbeat, muscle tremors, and restlessness. Some caffeine-sensitive people start feeling these effects with much less coffee.
As coffee enthusiasts will tell you, drinking java is addicting, and drinking it too close to bedtime can keep you up at night. Of course, one option to avoid the jitters from too much caffeine is to switch to decaf. You’ll still get some of coffee’s positive health benefits without the nervous energy.
For most people, however, drinking coffee in moderation will translate to improved performance at work. So fire up the espresso machine, get out the coffee grinder, or go find the filters. It’s time for for a fresh cup of coffee!

Monday, 6 March 2017

5 Reasons To Avoid Women Who Drink Coffee

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Look at pretty much any working woman and you will see an important companion, one that never leaves her: the coffee cup. It may be a loyal companion, but with each drop it makes her more unstable.
From a very early age, girls are becoming addicted to coffee. As the coffee drinking becomes more frequent and more sugary, it affects women in a way that coffee does not affect men. All these girls you see waiting in line will end up a wretched mess before they hit forty.
A while ago, I dated a girl who drank several cups of coffee each day. I noticed bizarre behavior and aggravated health problems, so I forbade her to touch coffee again. She recognized that she had a problem, but ended up sneaking in coffee runs anyway. Here are five problems I noticed with that experience and others:

1. Women Can’t Function Without The Drug

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Between iPhones and coffee, the modern woman has completely forgotten how to do get anything done on her own. Years of Frappuccinos leave her dependent on a coffee (and sugar) pick-up just to wake up in the morning.
Caffeine is a problem for people who have high levels of anxiety—women. The caffeine in coffee releases serotonin and other hormones in the brain in the short term. But chronic intake of caffeine decreases serotonin levels in the body and inhibits hormonal functions.
The pick-up hormones give a woman’s body an undeserved reward. She is being emotionally rewarded with her coffee. The high alertness, increased heart rate, and increase blood sugar make her life feel more exciting than it really is. It gives “mood states where people feel the need for coffee to keep themselves functioning properly.”

2. Coffee Leads To Serious Diseases

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Coffee inhibits iron absorption, which women are often deficient in. It increases chronic stress and decreases the hormone that the body uses to defend against the effects of aging and the manufacture of estrogen and testosterone.
This prematurely ages women. It also screws with estrogen levels. Just one cup a day causes estrogen dominance in women, which leads to obesity, menstrual irregularity, and serious diseases in the future.

3. Behavior Problems

It is important to practice moderation in all things. Heavy coffee drinkers exhibit behaviors of anxiety disorder and psychosis. “In turn, the coffee drinker becomes erratic, nervous, and irritable.”
From what I have seen, coffee addicts tend to be women. Women are constantly surrounded by magazines and tumblr photos that urge them to drink coffee. Magazines actually tell them coffee addictions are good for them.
Excessive coffee is also ingrained in women’s social culture. Coffee in the morning, Starbucks trip with the girls during lunch, and a coffee run after work. In the 17th century, women petitioned against coffee for men. But today, it is women who have a problem.
The effects of coffee on a woman’s behavior becomes more obvious over time. Women have greater sensitivity to caffeine, take longer to detoxify, and accelerate their countdown to menopause. Caffeine simply wastes their bodies, and the earlier they start drinking, the worse it gets.
One vice leads to another, and coffee-addicted woman turn to other drugs and behave like a prostitute. Smoking aggravates the effects of coffee. The pronounced hormonal problems makes her feel not like herself, suffering from depression and a lack of self-control and direction.

4. It Can Cause Weight Gain

Coffee increases estrogen metabolism in women at the sacrifice of other vital metabolisms such as carbohydrates and fat. The body consequently stops burning the fat.
But it is the incredibly sugary additives in coffee drinks such as those at Starbucks that really leads to obesity. Starbucks lures children with “Bananas & Crème Frappuccinos” with banana puree and whipped cream, and many women continue to drink such sugary drinks into adulthood.
Chronic coffee drinking also increases insulin resistance, which makes such drinks a “potential recipe for metabolic disaster.”

5. Poor Sexual Performance

Caffeine made female test animals more interested in sexual behavior. But those test animals had never drunk caffeine ever before. Caffeine is only useful for women who are not habitual drinkers. In fact, the hormonal deficiencies in women caused by coffee destroys her sexual motivation. Regular coffee drinking makes women cold and unpassionate lovers.
Coffee may be useful for men to boost testosterone levels and enhance their workout if used carefully. But for women, coffee should be used very sparingly. Society’s coffee trend is becoming a health epidemic and will lead to prematurely wasted women.

Monday, 27 February 2017


In terms of productivity, coffee is a double-edged sword: it gives employees the power to take on unrealistic deadlines, but it also gives Rick an excuse to spend 20 minutes talking to you in the break room about his Bachelor recaps.
Just like each of those doe-eyed prospective TV brides, every coffee drinker's habits are special in their own way, and give shocking insights into the drinker's work ethic. Read on to see if your coffee rituals imply you exceed expectations, or that you don't understand how to use reply-all.

One K-Cup in the morning
Just to be a good sport you volunteered for the company softball team even though you can't throw, catch, bat, or crouch comfortably. That mentality also fuels the consumption of one daily, symbolic "cup of joe," which is a phrase you like to throw around a few times in the first hour of the day with a joyless smile.

French press
In today's digital age it's unclear how one can amass so much printed material on a physical desktop, but despite the leaning towers of paperwork, you function best under pressure. Or at least that's what you tell yourself to justify being constantly "swamped" and/or "drowning."

After-lunch coffee shop espresso
Some people function better when they can get out of the office and stretch their legs, which is a favorite saying of people who'd rather not be working. Unlike most slackers, you actually function much more productively with an out-of-office field trip a few times a week. Despite a fondness for the phrase "work-life balance," you rarely get home before 7. Very familiar with the least conspicuous ways to enter the office.

No coffee, only tea
You choose to get to work a little bit early in order to get a head start on the day, and also so you don't have to make small talk with anyone in the kitchen. You have a huge crush on Don from accounting, but he doesn't even know you exist.

Thermos brought from home
You brought your coffee in once with a clear objective of saving money, but then forgot the Thermos on your desk when you went home that night. It's still sitting where you left it. You're kind of afraid to open it now and might just throw the whole thing out.

One steaming-hot cup, cream and sugar, in a "World's Best Dad" mug
The one time you tried to send a reply-all GIF, you linked to it instead of dragging. You don't understand why coworkers won't pick up the damn phone, and keep a detailed flip Rolodex of contacts with little notes about their children, hometowns, and favorite sports teams.

Refills from the coffee pot throughout the day, black
Every day you fantasize about dramatically standing up from your rolling chair to announce that your songwriting career has taken off and you're through with this deadbeat telemarketing job and won’t see any of these drones ever again. Once your two weeks' notice is up.

Remote worker who reheats coffee in the microwave
You respect your employer much more than you respect yourself.

Flavored lattes
Loves team-building exercises.

Last cup of coffee scavenger
Despite working at the company for three and a half long years, you refuse to learn how to refill the coffee maker and have learned to subsist on half cups of tepid Folgers. The only blemish on your yearly review is that you could be more of a “self-starter."

Iced coffee, even in winter
You're a comedian at heart and reply-all is your stage. You hate warm drinks yet inexplicably love soup.

Recently quit coffee
You’re the worst for all these reasons and more, but your skin sure looks invigorated these days.


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