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Coffee Shows Promise Of Decreasing Eye Fatigue During Exercise

Physical activity, such as an extensive gym workout, can leave your muscles tired and sore, and this can lead to more than just stiff knees. During and following a workout, you are likely to notice that your eyelids have a difficult time remaining open and fully alert. Your eyes might even close, urging you to drift off to sleep before you get home and into bed. This is not an uncommon side effect of exercise, but it is an unwelcome one, especially if you have more to do before calling it a day.

A recent study published by the University of Auckland, has found that the reason for this muscular fatigue is due to a reaction in the central nervous system. Fortunately, the same research has found a common cure for this eyelid limpness in the form of your favorite morning beverage. Honor Whiteman of Medical News Today writes: “The researchers found that participants who consumed the caffeinated beverages saw their neurotransmitter balance restored, which improved their rapid eye movements. No such effect was found among subjects who drank the decaffeinated solution.”

These findings demonstrated the possibility for further research in regards to the abilities of coffee and other caffeinated beverages to rectify cases of fatigue.

Coffee and Exercise

Caffeine has long been closely associated with exercise, if for no other reason, then to energize you while you work out. Now, there seems to be an even greater reason to grab a cup of joe before hitting the treadmill, as a team of cyclists have helped demonstrate its beneficial effect on eye strain and eyelid fatigue. 11 cyclists were chosen to compare caffeinated to non-caffeinated beverages before a workout. Science Mag advises: After exercising, the scientists tested the cyclists with eye-tracking cameras to see how well their brains could still control their visual system. The team found that exercise reduced the speed of rapid eye movements by about 8%, impeding their ability to capture new visual information. The caffeine—the equivalent of two strong cups of coffee—was sufficient to counteract this effect, with some cyclists even displaying increased eye movement speeds…”

For those who enjoy the feeling of rejuvenation which accompanies a workout can now avoid the unfortunate aftermath of eye fatigue by drinking coffee, or taking a caffeine supplement before initiating in their cycling or stairclimbing routine.

Coffee And Weight Loss

It seems that this eyelid booster isn’t the only bonus associated with coffee drinking. Another study has proven that a caffeinated beverage may also be able to give you a more productive workout. This study took a look at heart and blood pressure in association with coffee and exercise, as well as the affects which caffeine has on the release of dopamine. Sports Nutritionist, Heidi Skolnik, commented on the process and was recently featured in an article by Parent Herald which explained: “According to Skolnik, people should time their caffeine consumption if they want it to benefit their workout sessions. Skolnik said caffeine is absorbed by the stomach 15 to 45 minutes after it is consumed, while its effects will be felt between 30 and 75 minutes. She also advised people to drink seven to 12 ounces of water after consuming a cup of coffee to boost the caffeine’s effects.”

Coffee drinkers can expect to see slightly more weight loss than non-coffee drinkers, although researchers have warned against the effects of additives such as flavored syrups and sugar, which could do the opposite, especially when the beverage is being consumed in great quantities.

A Deeper Exploration of Coffee

The first time coffee was used as a beverage dates back to the 15th century in Yemen. At the time it was thought to have properties which increased vitality. Now, in modern times, we understand the compounds which produce this feeling, and many people utilize it in daily practice. Coffee and caffeine are incorporated into a multitude of beauty products, sports drinks, and supplements to provide energy, smooth skin, and mental acuity.

While coffee has a number of positive attributes to look for while gym bound, specialists warn that too much of a good thing is still a bad thing. As a diuretic, this stimulant can dehydrate the drinker, meaning that more water during your workout may be necessary.

Whether you’re enjoying coffee for an edge on your workout, or to perk up in the early morning before work, there is an abundance of evidence to support the use of caffeine to improve motor and mental functionality. If you plan on making caffeine a permanent part of your everyday routine, or making any major changes to your nutritional patterns, be sure to speak to your doctor first. While a cup of coffee is harmless to most, caffeine can have a negative effect on those with heart problems. It also has been known to act as a laxative if taken in great quantity.

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