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If you think coffee drinking is a vice, think again!

I have to admit I love my coffee, of course I just drink it in one of two ways

1. Black with one pack of stevia in the raw

2. Bulletproof with one pack of stevia in the raw and some organic pasteurized butter

However, I also have to admit that in the past I’ve thought “I should not have coffee, it is not good for me.”

I know I don’t drink it as much as others and I also benefit because I don’t dump packs of sugar or fake sugar in it nor add creamer or milk or any other products.

Nonetheless I’ve had my days where I’ve sworn off coffee. So when I found this article I was excited; I love when I find articles that clear up misconceptions and help me feel even better about the nutritional and exercise choices I make.

In no order of importance, here are 5 reasons coffee is a.ok to have on a daily basis (of course within reason).

For those of us with type 1 diabetes it is critical that we are educated and well informed about nutrition and exercise so we can stay lean, have tight blood sugar control and successfully manage our diabetes.

When you drink coffee before a workout you benefit in the following ways:

Improved Circulation

A recent Japanese study showed that those who had 5 ounces of coffee a day, compared to those who did not have any, had a 30 percent increase in blood flow over a 75 minute period.

It’s important to note, that the coffee had to be caffeinated. Recent Japanese research studied the effects of coffee on circulation in people who were not regular coffee drinkers.

Bottom line, when you have better circulation, you get a better workout in because your muscles need more oxygen.

Less Pain

Scientists in Illinois found that for individuals who drank 2-3 cups of coffee 30 minutes before a workout of high-intensity reduced perceived pain from the individuals.

Better Memory

A  John Hopkins University study found that caffeine enhances memory for up to 24 hours after it is consumed. This is always a good thing especially when you are engaging in an intense workout and need to ensure your safety by doing the exercises correctly and effeciently.

Muscle Preservation

Muscle loss can happen when you age. A study performed at Coventry University found that caffeine helps to offset the loss of muscle strength that happens with aging.

Not only did caffeine help preserve the integrity of the diaphragm but also of the skeletal muscle as well. So when coffee is drank in the correct amount and not loaded with fake or real sugar or dairy or creamers, it can help preserve overall fitness.

More Muscle Fuel
A recent study published in the Journal of Applied Physiology found that a little caffeine post-exercise may also be beneficial, particularly for endurance athletes who perform day after day. The research found that compared to consuming carbohydrates alone, a caffeine/carb combo resulted in a 66 percent increase in muscle glycogen four hours after intense, glycogen-depleting exercise. Glycogen, the form of carbohydrate that gets stockpiled in muscle, serves as a vital energy “piggy bank” during exercise, to power strength moves and fuel endurance. Packing a greater reserve means that the very next time you work out, you’ve upped your ability to exercise harder and/or longer.

Pretty awesome, right?!

There you have it, a few solid reasons to allow yourself a cup or 2 of coffee prior to a workout!

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