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Could Coffee Help Your Mood?

With so much external stimuli inundating our lives, it can be easy to feel beat down, drained and depressed.

Since everyone is different, finding relief can be difficult and there definitely isn't a  "one-fix" for all.

One area of study which is showing some positive results is the study of how coffee impacts mental health and mood.

We know that drinking coffee can often result in increased energy but studies are showing that caffeine that can impact the brain in a good way! Caffeine encourages the pre-frontal cortex of the brain to increase Dopamine production.


do·pa·mine
ˈdōpəˌmēn
noun
A compound present in the body as a neurotransmitter 
 

 
Dopamine helps the brain with emotional signals, as well as pain & pleasure management. This assists our brain in regulating mood, sleeping habits, as well as overall cognition. With having so much to do with the brain, it's no wonder why many experts believe a link to Depression, and decreased levels of Dopamine.
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"Depression is a mood disorder that affects approximately 14.8 million Americans. It’s characterized by extended periods of extreme sadness. If you’ve had a depressive episode in the past, it may return in the future. Depression is often treated using a combination of psychiatric therapy and medication. Some research suggests that caffeine may have some benefits for people with depression." -Health Line
 

Dopamine is not the only neuro-transmitter at work here. Serotonin also plays a huge part in physiological functions, it also plays a vital role with the CNS (Central Nervous System).


ser·o·to·nin
ˈˌsirəˈtōnən,ˌserəˈtōnən
noun
A compound present in blood platelets and serum that constricts the blood vessels and acts as a neurotransmitter.
 

 Similar to Dopamine, Serotonin also has a lot to do with mood -- Anxiety and 'panicky' feelings overall.
 
"The researchers say their findings add weight to the work of others which found lower suicide rates among coffee drinkers. They suspect caffeine is the key player - it is known to enhance feelings of well being and energy. And it has a physical effect on brain function and transmission by altering chemical pathways, like those involving adenosine. But more research is needed to show if this might mean it is useful for reducting symptoms of depression. Alternatively, it might be that people with low moods chose not to drink coffee because it contained caffeine, point out the researchers. One of the common symptoms of depression is disturbed sleep, and caffeine can exacerbate this because it is a stimulant. Too much caffeine can also increase feelings of anxiety." - BBC News

The old adage "The dose makes the poison by Swiss Physician Paracelsus is right on the money here, folks. Too much of anything isn't good for you! Yes, coffee may have positive impacts on the mind, but in excess, it can be problematic, like all things in life! Too much sitting? Not good. Too much sleeping? Not good. Moderation is the key.
 
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Something also important to note, is there are many things that can be natural mood boosters:
  • Engaging in regular exercise
  • Eating a well-balanced diet
  • Promoting healthy sleeping
These are just a few things that can have major impacts on both the body, and the brain.
 
So go do something you enjoy! Get out of the house, get some sunshine, visit some friends or practice those new yoga moves you saw on TV!
 
We believe in healthy living in all areas and we also encourage everyone to do research of their own to find out what might work for them,  because everybody and every body is different.

Interested in reading more about what properties besides caffeine are in coffee? Check out our Science page. 

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Featured Articles  

https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/mouse-man/200904/what-is-dopamine

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4462609/

https://www.psychiatryadvisor.com/mood-disorders/does-coffee-and-caffeine-lower-risk-of-depression/article/485602/

https://www.healthline.com/health/depression/caffeine-and-depression

https://www.livestrong.com/article/208418-what-is-dopamine-responsible-for/

https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/kc/serotonin-facts-232248

https://www.livestrong.com/article/301434-how-do-i-increase-serotonin-dopamine-levels/

https://www.stethnews.com/1016/study-confirms-coffee-can-make-you-happy/

https://www.bustle.com/articles/145474

https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/your-brain-food/201110/why-does-coffee-make-us-feel-so-good

 

  **The information provided on this page in not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease or medical condition. Please consult a medical professional if you are seeking medical or mental health treatment options.

 

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