Drinking coffee is known to boost alertness, well-being and concentration, along with improving mood and reducing depression. It is linked to numerous brain and health benefits including:
Reduced risk of stroke and Alzheimer’s
Decreased risk of colorectal, colon, endometrial and prostate cancers
In people 60 years and older, drinking two or more cups of coffee a day was associated with a lower risk of impaired agility in women and in those with obesity.
Here in the US, there’s a Dunkin’ Donuts or Starbucks on just about every street and it isn’t unusual to see people holding a coffee cup as they navigate streets and stores. There was a truly fascinating study done on whether it is possible to get that feeling of energy and productivity without actually drinking any coffee.
It turns out that you can get a productivity boost just by thinking about a cup of your favorite coffee. Interestingly both coffee and tea not only have physiological effects on your body, they also have psychological effects as well.
Many people’s brains may be primed toward arousal at the very thought of coffee, especially in our culture, where coffee dominates over tea. In the study, after being exposed to cues, such as images of coffee, the participants perceived time as shorter and thought in more concrete, precise terms, which suggests a more alert state of mind.
Even the smell of freshly brewed coffee is powerful! Another study of university students had some taking algebra tests in a computer lab with a coffee-like scent and others with no scent. Those in the coffee-scented room performed better on analytical reasoning tasks. So maybe even keeping a bag of coffee beans on hand for a quick sniff could be a caffeine free way to stimulate a mental boost.
If you avoid coffee because you avoid caffeine, even just thinking about it or smelling it could give you the productivity and energy boost without the caffeine.
Do you rely on coffee for energy and focus?
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