A majority of people start drinking coffee for one reason and one reason alone—for the caffeine! And after we drink our beloved coffee for quite some time, we can’t seem to live without its wonderful caffeine-giving qualities.
But why do we love caffeine so much? Sure, it kept us going during those all-nighter study sessions in college. And it still keeps us awake during our 8:00am meetings, Saturday morning youth soccer games and 14-hour workdays. We could go on and on about how much we love caffeine, but here are our top 5 reasons why caffeine is so great:
1. It just “gets” us
Let’s face it—caffeine supports us on a day-to-day basis. Whether it helps keep us stay awake until 3:00am to finish a business proposal, or helps wake us up for morning meetings, caffeine is almost always on our side. Caffeine, a bitter, white crystalline xanthine alkaloid, acts as a stimulant drug that keeps us alive and alert.
2. Caffeine is diet-friendly
Dieting is hard, but it’s essential to staying healthy and fit. Especially during a time like the holidays, dieting is extremely important. Lucky for you, just about all diets allow for caffeine (as long as it’s delivered in a healthy vehicle, like black coffee).
3. Caffeine stimulates our central nervous systems
As mentioned above, caffeine cats like a stimulant drug. One of the main parts of the body that it affects is the central nervous system—the system that controls our alertness and even our reflexes.
4. It’s legal and unregulated
Caffeine is the world’s most widely consumed psychoactive drug (and is one of the only drugs that is both legal and unregulated in almost all parts of the world). As a matter of fact, many scientists have begun reporting that a small amount of caffeine every day could actually improve your health. Read more: The Case for Drinking as Much Coffee as You Like.
5. Caffeine cures our hangovers
It happens—an innocent night out with friends turns into a morning of absolute sickness. If you’ve been keeping up with our blog (kudos!), you already know that coffee (and caffeine, for that matter) is one half of the perfect hangover cure.
Nothing keeps us going or perks us up quite like caffeine—after all, it allows us to do stupid things faster with more energy! I have about 75 other reasons why I love caffeine…but my fingers are a bit tired from typing. Wait that’s something caffeine can fix! Let me go brew a pot of coffee…