The Emotional Impact of Coffee: I Think I Can
May 20, 2019
Many of us rely on coffee to kick-start our day. The National Coffee Association found that 64% of Americans drink coffee, with each person consuming about 3 cups a day on average.
This black, savory liquid is so popular that coffee shops flourish on almost every street corner. It seems as though everyone in the neighborhood and office building is in line for that cup of morning coffee. We can say it’s one of America’s most beloved beverages – and for good reason.
Coffee Gives Us Emotional Strength
Coffee carries the frequency of “I think I can.” It ignites our “get up and go” when we need it.
This roasted bean infuses us with courage to face the day when we are tired, overworked or simply have the blues. No wonder this popular world drink is a favorite beverage first thing in the morning, at lunch, mid-afternoon, and even late at night.
Coffee conveys to our bodies that we can do it, even when we are not sure we believe it ourselves. This rich, dark juice can be counted on each and every time to give us our needed “pick me up."
A great way to remember how coffee assists our emotions is by thinking about the book The Little Engine that Could.
Many of us read or heard this story as children growing up. It’s about a little engine that is trying to get a circus train up and over a big mountain to reach all the little boys and girls on the other side.
The engine repeats to himself over and over again, “I think I can, I think I can.” No matter how difficult his journey gets, no matter how unlikely it is that he will make it to the top of the mountain, he just keeps telling himself over and over: I think I can; I think I can. In the end, of course, he succeeds. The Little Engine is so proud and everyone cheers.
This is what coffee does for us. It gives us an extra boost of courage whenever we need it. Each sip of coffee repeats inside of us: I think I can, I think I can.
It helps give us the inner emotional strength to go the distance, and at the end of the day or the project, we can cheer because we made it through.
Coffee Improves Mood Over the Day
Do you suddenly feel calmer as soon as you smell the aroma of freshly brewed coffee?
According to a study, drinking coffee can result in sustained improvement of mood. A single 60mg caffeine dose resulted in a clear enhancement of contentment and mood. It was also concluded that a 100mg intake of caffeine significantly decreased fatigue and increased vigor.
Coffee can also make you feel happier.
Researchers from Harvard School of Public Health found in their studies that women who drink two or more cups of coffee a day are at less risk of getting depressed. It’s not because caffeine gives you an edge, but due to powerful antioxidants that make you feel good.
More so, coffee doesn't just elevate one’s mood, but it makes you like other people as well. A new study suggests that people who consumed a moderate amount of caffeine become more active participants in a group. Drinkers become more alert, less tired, and more sociable.
Coffee Drinkers at Lower Risk of Heart Disease
Studies show that coffee reduces inflammation within blood vessels, which helps to lower risks of heart disease.
According to the June 17th Annals of Internal Medicine, women who drink 2 to 3 cups of coffee a day:
- have a 25 percent lower death rate from heart disease
- 18 percent lower risk of death from any cause
The dramatic impact that coffee has on women versus men in regard to heart disease makes sense when you understand how it helps support our emotions.
Women tend to be much more emotional creatures and typically struggle more with feelings and issues of the heart than men. Studies have shown that heart attacks and strokes in women can most often be traced to painful events that occurred in the prior weeks or months.
Perhaps drinking coffee when going through difficult challenges of the heart can help women make it through more gracefully. Value that time of sharing a cup of coffee with friends. Share our coffee and share our hearts each day.
Then if a time comes that you need support, you already have friendships in place with people that love and support you.
Coffee Is Good For The Liver
The liver is the organ responsible for carrying out hundreds of vital functions in your body. It can be quite vulnerable to dietary pitfalls, such as drinking too much alcohol, and excess calorie and fat intake.
Chronic liver disease is one of the most common disease-related causes of death in the US. It is estimated that around 31,000 individuals die from liver cirrhosis each year.
Luckily, coffee makes for a happy liver. It can protect your liver from certain disorders...
- lowering the risk of liver cancer by 40%
- 2 cups a day reduces the risk of cirrhosis by 44%
- 4 cups a day can lower them by 65%
While the exact mechanism to this protective role is still being investigated, it is suggested that caffeine might be involved.
Caffeine's main metabolite, paraxanthine, is said to have an ability to suppress connective tissue growth. This slows down the development of alcoholic cirrhosis and liver cancer.
Coffee Protects Against Parkinson's & Alzheimer’s
As an extra bonus, coffee has also been found to help reduce the risk of Parkinson’s disease. A Chinese study gathered data on individuals over a 10-year history.
It concluded that consuming 3 cups of coffee and tea a day for 10 years “would lead to a 22 percent and 28 percent risk reduction of Parkinson’s Disease.”
Although the quantities and percentages differ slightly in US studies, the same information has been found to be true.
Another way this beautiful beverage can support you is in the prevention of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Alzheimer's and dementia may result from overwhelm and the underlying thought form “I think I can’t.” Coffee on the other hand, is “I think I can.”
One substantial study over 21 years “found that coffee drinkers at midlife had lower risk for dementia and Alzheimer's disease later in life compared to those drinking no or only little coffee."
The lowest risk (65 percent decreased) was found among moderate coffee drinkers (drinking 3-5 cups of coffee/day).”
So enjoy that cup of java each day now, for a clearer thinking head tomorrow. By the way, if your body is exhausted from over-working, over- pushing, or over-driving yourself, then coffee will help you keep going.
When to Avoid Coffee
While coffee has proved its worth as a healing beverage, it might not be the best drink when your body needs time to rest and heal.
When you are running about your day or pushing your mind, you are not resting. Sickness often occurs as a result of not giving your body the time it needs to rest and repair. When we rest, we heal. So, if you do not rest, you do not heal.
If you are not feeling well, coffee might not be the best beverage for you at that time. Instead, choose herbal teas or fresh squeezed juices to help you feel better. Once you are up and about again you can return to your beloved coffee.
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About the Author: Kaliana has been studying natural healing since 1976. She developed her own line of aromatherapy products in 1995, is a gifted intuitive, Master Energy Healer, author of 4 books, professional speaker, and offers private consulting for spiritual women and moms.
Kaliana is a certified Phyto-Aromatologist, graduated from Queens University as a Presidential Scholar, sat on the Board for Eating Disorders at The University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, holds a 4-year Advanced Certification from the Mastery of the Heart School, and teaches certified courses for Continuing Education Hours by NCBTMB.
Disclaimer: This article is not intended to provide medical advice, diagnosis or treat. This information is based on research and knowledge by the author, and the ideas are not intended as substitute for medical advice. As with any products it is suggested that you check with your medical practitioner prior to use. The author disclaims any liability arising directly or indirectly from the use of any products mentioned herein.