Summer is coming to an end for kids and moms alike. No more sleeping in, no more beach days and no more kids running around during all hours of the day. Parent’s should be carrying around an IV bag full of caffeine when school is back in session. Between soccer practice, dance lessons and open houses, parents are consuming gallons of coffee to keep up with their daily grinds.

The good news is, studies have shown that consuming coffee offers many health perks. When we mean coffee, we mean eight ounces of black or almost black coffee, not a venti iced white mocha with whipped cream. Black coffee contains contains tons of antioxidants and nutrients that are nothing but great for the body. These antioxidants and nutrients have been proven to limit the chances of adults developing liver cirrhosis, an autoimmune disease caused by excessive alcohol consumption.

According to research done by Dr. Chuanhai Cao, a neuroscientist at the University of S. Florida Health Byrd Alzheimer’s Institute, “the caffeine interacts with an unidentified component in coffee to boost levels of a growth factor in the blood that seems to stall the Alzheimer’s disease process.” You read that right…coffee is protecting adults against developing Alzheimer’s later down the line.

Most of us drink excessive amounts of coffee to keep our energy levels peaked throughout the day. Coffee has been proven to show improved brain function because caffeine blocks Adenosine, an inhibitory neurotransmitter. This causes to an increased number of firing neurons in the brain that enhances memory, mood, energy levels and reaction time. Bottom line, coffee makes your brain happy.

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