Give your mood and your energy a lift
Yes! Your favorite morning brew has a deliciously dark side. Coffee is an aphrodisiac! For adrenalin junkies, coffee’s aphrodisiac power is immediately evident. The drink is essentially the world’s most socially acceptable stimulant. In fact, its stamina-enhancing ability made it into a status symbol in certain cultures.
Coffee excites not just the body, but also the mind and can elevate mood as it elevates other things. (I, for one, am more apt to get angry than get it on when my mood dips dangerously low). Scientific studies demonstrate that this stimulant can increase levels of dopamine, the neurotransmitter associated with the pleasure system of the brain.
Coffee and your health
One of the world’s cheapest highs, a cup joe influences the body in many powerful ways. Studies say it can kick start metabolism. And it helps with blood flow–an essential if you’re ever planning to take that energy rush all the way.
Thanks to coffee’s skyrocketing in popularity, it is possible to get a good cup almost anywhere. Good coffee should be fresh – reasonably recently roasted and ground. The style of the roast is a matter of personal preference, however, beans roasted to a point of almost burnt bring an unnatural bitterness to the coffee. (And if you want the ultimate in brewing, try a vacuum pot.)
Buying the right stuff
Good java can be evaluated similarly to wine and should have a pleasing aroma, good balance of body and acidity and a reasonable finish. As with all good things, too much coffee can kill the stimulating effects. To experience the aphrodisiac power of coffee at its most optimal, I like to skip the daily brew for about 3 mornings then crawl in bed with a steaming cup on day four. It’s a great way to start the morning with a little extra zing.
According to Temptations by Michael and Ellen Albertson, studies show that coffee drinkers have sex more frequently than non-coffee drinkers and after trying my little experiment, I’ll just bet you’ll understand why! What can I say? Coffee is an aphrodisiac!
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