In the UK, 70 million cups of coffee are consumed every day, and according to The British Coffee Association, this habit could help us to beat symptoms of fatigue and exercise for 30% longer.
Caffeine – which naturally occurs in coffee – is linked to heightened alertness and the ability to sustain motor skills. This makes it easier to exercise and positively impacts our output levels and persistence.
In fact, consuming the equivalent of 3-4mg of caffeine per kilogram of body weight,one hour prior to exercise has been shown to improve endurance and performance in a range of high intensity exercises, including cycling, running and sprinting.
These reactions are a direct result of the effects caffeine has on the brain – reducing chemical messages that normally induce fatigue whilst stimulating energy production and fat oxidation.
Furthermore, coffee – when consumed in moderation (four to five cups a day) – has been scientifically proven to be an important component of a healthy, balanced diet.
Despite common belief, evidence also suggests it is a vital source of fluid in the diet – providing similar hydrating qualities to water and preventing dehydration.
Tiredness and fatigue can occur in the form of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) – a long-term condition that affects around 250,000 people in the UK. Alongside medication, hypnotherapy can help to relieve symptoms of fatigue and stress that can exacerbate as well as develop from the condition. To find out more, please see our Chronic Fatigue Syndrome page.
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