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Good Health Reasons to Drink Coffee

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A cup of hot coffee is the first thing many people think of every morning when they have just opened their eyes. For sure, it is the most popular drink all over the world, but have you ever thought of the benefits of coffee consumption? Is it good for your health or it can harm you? This aroma drink has become the most important meal of the day for many of us, though some scientists consider caffeine, that is found in this it, as a psychoactive drug that affects the brain of the consumer, while other says it can prevent you from different forms of cancer, burst your energy level and even be a part of your healthy diet. Here we will discuss bright sides of consuming black coffee:

It is a source of antioxidants

It is a well-known fact that coffee contains more antioxidants than green tea and, as you may know, antioxidants protect our cells from damage, caused by oxidants or so-called free-radicals. They are treated to be a reason for such problems as heart disease or cancer. There is also a stereotype that antioxidants have anti-aging proper and can burst your immune system, but it is quite a controversial issue.

Its aroma can relieve the stress and improve your mood

It is not a secret that coffee can make you awake if you haven’t got a wink of sleep. Of course, some people might say it is only a placebo effect of caffeine, but who cares if it really works? Furthermore, a cup of good coffee can improve your mood for up to 4 hours but, certainly, you should keep in mind the fact that overdose of caffeine can lead to dizziness or even more significant health issues. So, to low the risk of getting into trouble, you must know that the average dose of caffeine that will be useful for your health is about 300-400 mg a day.

It can help you to fight with liver disease

Caffeine is a lifesaver for those, who struggle with or want to prevent such liver diseases as liver cancer and cirrhosis. By the way, the risk of getting a cirrhosis is 20% lower if you drink at least one cup of coffee a day.

Coffee as a means of being happy

Those who like this drink are believed to be much happier than those, who prefer tea. They are also thought to be less prone to depression. So, to stay happy all year round, do not forget about procaffeinating once in a while. Apart from this, good legitimate custom essay writing service can also make your life a lot easier and happier too.

It awakes your brain

Remember the moment when you have already got up, but your brains are still sleeping or the feeling when you can’t concentrate and think rationally? The positive side of the drink is that it doesn’t only wake you up, but also make you think clearly. This happens because of the caffeine being a natural stimulator; regular coffee consumption also helps to overcome emotional problems and improve cognitive abilities of the person.

It can help you to burn calories

The fact that coffee can help you to burn calories and become slimmer is very controversial, but it has a right to exist. The debates towards the benefits from caffeine for fat burning grow each day, but we can’t ignore the fact that it really helps people to train longer and much more regularly. The golden rule is that if you want to lose weight, you should drink coffee before your training. This is because, while you are doing exercises, the fats of the body transform into energy, but if you just lay down after one cup, the fatty acids will start circulating in the blood, you will get hungry and after eating these acids will transform into adipose tissue again.
Summing up all the above-mentioned and keeping in mind all the benefits you can get from this strong drink, you should make your own decision whether to become a coffeeholic or just stay neutral, sipping a cup of tea. As Paracelsus once said, “Poison is everything, and nothing is without poison. The dosage makes it either poison or remedy”.

That time we drove to Broken Hill

Broken Hill Welcome sign

So, I happened to be on a few weeks leave and a friend asked if we would come up to Broken Hill to collect him and his bike. Sure, why not!

ROAD TRIP!

Ford Concorde Red Dirt Australia

Took us awhile to get going in the morning, whatever, no rush. The usual “boring” drive that is the new hunter Expressway. I’m not dissing it, it’s great that it’s such a boring road, but it makes it difficult to a) stay awake and b) stick to the speed limit! Good roads like that deserve higher speed limits! If only Australian drivers could handle such things….

Oversized vehicle mining equipment Golden Hwy

Once we hit the Golden Highway, there was a fair bit of giving way to Oversized vehicles – either mining vehicles themselves or trucks carrying huge pieces of mining equipment. One time the police even cleared three lanes for one truck! No photos of the glory that is open cut mining in the Hunter, I couldn’t bring myself to look at the vast holes long enough to snap a picture.

Duneedoo Swan Motel
Swan Hotel, Dundedoo.

We took regular stops and driver swaps on the way. I eventually got brave enough to cruise at highway speed on the undivided roads! *clunk* goes the trailer. I also didn’t hit any roos, though there was one dumb sheep that walked in front of me deliberately I swear, and a couple of roos on the way home that seemed to have death wishes.

I didn’t know there was soooo many goats out there!!! So many cute baby goats following their parents around. So cute. I wanted to steal one! The goats were way smarter than the sheep, always running away from the cars rather than towards. There was also a few cows that just stood there and watched us go by, knowing they could cause us all manner of grief if they could be bothered to walk onto the road.

Bruce beret ibis menu space panda tshirt

We stopped for the night at Dubbo as the the sun was going down. Booked us a room at the Ibis Budget Dubbo. I booked through Booking.com while parked on the side of the road, and got us a room for $79, including Continental buffet breakfast! They normally charge $9/head for that.

Dubbo Ibis Breakfast

So the breakfast spread included the usual cereal, toast and spreads, along with youghurts with fruit, juices, tea and coffee. The room was “okay” . I found the bed quite comfortable, but Bruce found the foam mattress topper overheated him. The curtain main have come down while we were trying to adjust it, but ok well. We also had wifi in our room even though it’s meant to be only accessible from the common areas, because we were on the ground floor near the pool. I also got all classy and drank the wine I’d brought from home in the plastic cups provided in the room. ;) Oh they had good biscuits, as did the other two place we stayed. You know those prepaced two bikkies you get in your tea and coffee making facilities? Couldn’t fault any of them!

Sticky fried pork

We wandered down to the Golden Dragon Chinese Restaurant (36 Victoria St, Dubbo NSW 2830; ph (02) 6882 6663) as it was the Chinese restaurant open on a Tuesday night (our first and third choices were both closed Tuesday nights). We had fried rice, garlic chicken, and the above sticky, shiny fried pork. I swear it was like eating Lolly Gobble Bliss Bombs with the stickyness in the teeth. Apparently there was meat in there! But we got through it, our wine, and promptly fell asleep back at the ibis after watching Blades of Glory, that I happened to have seen at work, well parts of it, a few days earlier!

Golden dragon chinese tables
Classic country town Chinese restaurant stylings

Dubbo Ibis Hotel
Ready for bed!

After breakky and trying not to yell at the morning television that was screening in the cafe, we found some decent takeaway coffee at Grapevine near the courthouse and then were back the road by eight, aiming to reach Broken Hill before the roos got suicidal again.

There was a lot of…. not much. Wide, flat, open. And driving. Much driving.

passegering

So flat

Rainbow socks and red dirt

Antipasto

Dinner was found at Alfrescos Cafe (397 Argent St, Broken Hill, New South Wales 2880, Australia +61 8 8087 5599)…. so, while wrapping out heads around the half hour time difference, we nommed down this HUGE platter. So very very full! Which meant that the pizza we ordered, though a little over-cooked, was saved for breakfast and snacking on the next morning’s drive.

alfresco cafe

pizza

Full tummies and a few glasses of wine made the bed at the Hilltop Motel (271 Kaolin St, Broken Hill NSW 2880 ph (08) 8088 2999) inviting enough, watching the ABC on whatever timezone we were in and it’s usual Wednesday night satire until I couldn’t fight sleep any more

silverton sign

Silverton and the Mundi Mundi Lookout were about as touristy as we got.

Vast spaces of nothing, views to the border and relics from the days of the silver mine (hey creative name for a town right?) and Mad Max.

Silverton

Mundi Mundi lookout

Just so damn open.

hubcaps

Our aim for the drive on the Thursday was Cobar, so I booked a couple of rooms at the Cobar Central Motor Inn (18 Murray Street Cobar NSW 2835 Phone: 02 6830 2000). There was this weird system where you checked in at the motel across the road.

I love lamp

The rooms had this funky lamp, and pre-marked bedspreads and walls. Classy :)

Cobar Central Motor Inn

The shower was hot and the bed comfy and I slept like a log after the boys brought me back Subway.

blue bathroom

Daily grind Nyngan

Daily Grind Cafe in Nyngan (97 Pangee St, Nyngan NSW 2825) was our breakfast/coffee stop for the morning on Friday, toasties all round and some nice coffees to sip while seeing the other side of the railway station and the helicopter.

Daily grind Nyngan

Of course there was just the fun to be had of being in the Bogan Shire. Yeah, not much excitement :p

helicopter

Big Billy

I have to say the only other pauses of note that day were the big billy!! And getting back to Tronno and getting back home for my birthday the next day!

at coles

Cafe Macquarie, Belmont

Cafe Macquarie Belmont Iced Coffee
Iced Coffee

Just back from a very filling lunch at the (surprisingly hipster) Cafe Macquarie in Belmont. Why surprisingly? Well, I just didn’t picture mason jar iced coffees in the highway suburb of Belmont. Nor the haloumi salad with quinoa that I nommed down!

Cafe Macquarie Belmont Haloumi Salad
Haloumi Salad with quinoa and greens, $17.50

The greens were a lovely mix – snow peas, broccoli, asparagus, fresh mint leaves, baby spinach and sprouts, with the crunch of pistachio nuts and the zesty lemon juice.

Cafe Macquarie Belmont
Club sandwich with chips, $15.50

These chips were awesomely crunchy! Would be lovely on their own or with their house made aioli.

Cafe Macquarie Belmont Cappuccino
Skinny Cap

The cafe was also involved in the “Block by Block” street art project that’s brightened up the ageing building in the area

Cafe Macquarie
26a Macquarie Street
Belmont, NSW 2280
02 4947 0658

B-Side Espresso, Charlestown

Do you want the cheapest, but quality small coffee around?

b-side espresso charlestown coffee

B-Side Espresso do a small, single shot (cap, latte etc) coffee for $3.50. Great for heading to your employment provider :p

B-Side Espresso
Cnr of Pearson St and Smart St
Charlestown, NSW
(02) 4023 1811

Aroma’s Cafe, Glendale

Aroma’s is the cafe we tend to go to when, it’s lunchish and we haven’t yet eaten, but would also like to head to K-Mart or Bunnings (but that’s moving soon!) or perhaps to browse at EB games ;)

purple coffee aroma's glendale

(yes, we have a Kinnect. Yes, I own a fitness game. I got the older version that DOESN’T have Michelle Bridges, because she makes me gag)

Aromans big breakfast

So we brunch… the “big breakfast” is above, and the yummy Spinach and feta quiche with chips and salad below.

spinach feta quiche chips salad

Coffees and meals always satisfy!

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