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Coffee Can Help Reduce Fatigue

Submitted by Loring A. Windblad on July 6, 2010

Fatigue can broadly be defined as mental or physical exhaustion. It is considered a negative force, and under severe conditions can be completely debilitating. Fatigue leads to a feeling of tiredness and lack of energy. Fatigue may have varied causes, but simply changing your diet and eating right may be just what is required to combat fatigue and feel energetic. The most common causes that trigger fatigue are:
  • Viruses and bacterial infections
  • Stress - as it burns essential vitamins and minerals in the body
  • Poor diet lacking in nutrition

Individual sensitivity
The degree of effect of caffeine consumption depends on the degree of absorption by the body.

Hence, the results vary from person to person, influenced by factors such as age, sex, environment, and physical conditions.

Drinking coffee fights fatigue
Fatigue and coffee are closely interrelated; coffee, being a popular stimulant, blocks adenosine receptors that normally function to slow the body down. Coffee is considered a mind acceleration mood booster, and owes part of its popularity to the physiological effects it has on our bodies. Coffee also helps in lowering the depression levels if taken in judiciously.

It is recommended to smell the essential oils of coffee (beans or brewed) as it helps in stimulating the nervous system and reduce fatigue.

Benefits of drinking coffee
Coffee makes you feel energetic, and increases alertness and reaction time. It also helps improve your vigilance.

There are advantages to drinking a cup or two of coffee: it improves motor skills, increases concentration levels, increases endurance, speeds up digestion, and increases your heart rate. It is advised to drink coffee before your meals for more energy boosts.

Caffeine matters
It is the caffeine, the active component in coffee, which acts as a stimulant to the central nervous system. By stimulating brain activity, caffeine counteracts fatigue and also increases mental performance.

Caffeine consumption in coffee has proven results for delaying exercise-related fatigue. The benefit of drinking coffee is due to the caffeine present in it; so, it doesn’t matter if you drink hot or cold coffee. The amount of caffeine present in both is the same. You will enjoy the benefits if you stick with the caffeinated version which is much safer than decaffeinated coffee.

Stay hydrated
You must ensure to stay hydrated throughout the day. Drinking too much coffee causes the body to lose water owing to its diuretic nature. You must drink adequate amounts of water required for our biological system to function at optimal levels.

Consume in moderation
It is commonly said that too much of anything is too bad. So, in case if you think of drinking coffee every hour at work, be aware that it could make you irritable. The key is to drink coffee in moderate amounts. You must avoid consuming caffeine in excess quantities as it has various risks associated with it. These include heart palpitations, increased nervousness, irritation, restlessness, and hand trembling.

Moreover, you must consume coffee during the early half of the day, and avoid consuming it late in the day as it can cause insomnia.
Other ways of conquering fatigue: You must avoid junk food, exercise regularly, control your stress levels, avoid alcohol or nicotine completely, and add a multivitamin in your diet.

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