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ADVANCE Perspective: Physical Therapy & Rehab Medicine

Refill your Coffee Cup

Published October 7, 2010 9:41 AM by Danielle Bullen

Our Facebook page recently featured a discussion on coffee. Physical therapists enthusiastically chimed in to talk about the amount they consume each day. It's no secret that a good (or not-so-good) cup of coffee can help workers get through a grueling day.  And it's not just PTs who are guzzling java. Here at Advance, editors frequently refill their cups.

But what does all that coffee do to you? Research has shown that coffee drinkers are less likely to suffer from type 2 diabetes, Parkinson's disease and dementia compared to coffee abstainers. Coffee lovers also have fewer cases of certain cancers and strokes.

Woo-hoo! But wait before you grab another mug. Caffeine is addictive. Abusing it can lead to sleeplessness, heart palpitations, and raised blood pressure.

A few cups a day seem to be OK for most people. But what if you're worried about your caffeine intake or just don't like coffee? How can you stay energized?

  • Go outside. Fresh air does wonders and even a 5 minute walk can boost your spirits
  • Listen to music. If your office allows, bring in your MP3 player and headphones. Your favorite music is a great way to get through those necessary yet humdrum tasks, like filing.
  • Avoid the vending machine. Chips, soda and cookies may taste delicious, but they'll weigh in your stomach and give you that 3 pm slump feeling.
  • Drink water. Staying hydrated keeps you alert and water is the best way to do that.

If you want to stick with your daily coffee, go ahead. The health benefits of coffee are well-documented and it keeps you alert. And it's delicious!

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