Mental Health Benefits
COFFEE WHEN CONSUMED IN MODERATION CAUSES MOOD ELEVATION AND ALERTNESS BUT EXCESS INTAKE LEADS TO ANXIETY ATTACKS AND INSOMNIA:
The reason you get a quick wakeup call after drinking a cup of coffee has to do with the way caffeine tricks your brain. Not only is caffeine a brain stimulant, but it also blocks receptors for a chemical called adenosine, which normally prevents the release of excitatory brain chemicals. With adenosine out of the way, these brain-sparking chemicals can flow more freely—giving you a surge of energy and potentially improving mental performance and slowing age-related mental decline.
Caffeine also builds up the adrenaline supply, which increases heart rate, gets blood pumping, and opens up airways. And, caffeine prevents dopamine from getting reabsorbed into your system, leaving the feel-good chemical hanging around in your brain longer.
While caffeine is not an essential nutrient, moderate caffeine consumption has been associated with reduced risk of some non-communicable diseases, such as type 2 diabetes, some cancers, and Alzheimer’s disease.
Iced Vanilla Caramel Coffee
4 Cups Brewed coffee (room temp)
1 Cup Milk
1/3 Cup French vanilla creamer
¼ Cup Caramel ice cream topping
3 Cups Crushed ice
Whipped topping (optional)
- Place all ingredients in a blender except whipped topping. Blend on high until the ice is completely smooth. Pour into coffee mugs or other serving glasses.
- Top with whipped cream and caramel topping (if using), and serve immediately.