The Mental and Physical Benefits of Coffee in the Workplace
Coffee plays a vital role in most workplaces and there are a number of different reasons why. Research shows that it may do more for our bodies than just jumpstart the day. Coffee could potentially improve your physical and mental health in a number of surprising ways which could make the daily grind easier.
But what are the mental and physical benefits of the humble coffee bean and how could providing your staff a coffee machine benefit the workplace?
It could protect against disease
Due to containing antioxidants, coffee could help ward off diseases. Studies show that people who drink more coffee are at lesser risk of Parkinson’s disease. There is also considerable research that suggests caffeine could protect people against Alzheimer’s disease. Some scientists believe that the compounds inside roasted coffee could actually be responsible to minimizing and preventing plaque which builds up on our brains, causing Alzheimers. The same compound is also said to prevent type 2 diabetes. This is due to its ability to decrease glucose levels whilst increasing both the secretion and sensitivity of insulin.
If all of this information, which is constantly evolving, is correct then giving staff access to freshly made coffee throughout the day will not only keep them happy and content but also fighting fit in the future!
Coffee can improve your mood
There are a number of benefits coffee can have on your mental health too. Everyone knows that your morning cup of coffee will perk you up and prepare you for the busy day ahead, but it could improve your mood significantly. Various studies have shown that caffeine could prevent depression – despite the fact that some sources do not recommend caffeine to those who are already suffering from mental illness. There is also evidence that shows coffee drinkers could have reduced risk of suicide.
Alongside these points lets not forget the short term benefits coffee can have on our mental state. We all know that the caffeine in our coffee gives us an energy boost, but it can also help to relieve stress, provide comfort and makes us feel bright-eyed and bushy tailed – all of which will benefit your employees greatly.
It can help your headaches
So you’ve probably noticed that if you’ve ever missed your morning dose of caffeine, for one reason or another, that it could lead to a splitting headache come lunchtime. These headaches are due to caffeine withdrawal and brewing yourself a coffee will undoubtedly cure your headache. Coffee in the workplace eliminates the chance of staff missing their morning brew which in turn could minimise staff lagging throughout the day.
But what about the times when headaches are not caffeine related? Well, you may or may not be surprised to know that most over the counter pain medication actually contain caffeine. This is because caffeine can help reduce inflammation which can aid with common headache symptoms. Combining caffeine with medication could also help speed up it’s effect or increase the time in which the medication is effective.
Caffeine is what’s known as a stimulant and can greatly improve focus and productivity. It can increase our energy levels and is so the perfect afternoon pick-me-up if you feel you need an extra boost. There has been talk of coffee (or the caffeine it provides) helping people learn new skills faster, retain information and aid with problem solving. There has also been research that suggests coffee could improve short term memory.
Hopefully, the above points will stop you feeling guilty when pouring that second cup. Want both yourself and your employees to experience the mental and physical benefits of a brew? Whether your office has 10 employees or 100, we’ll provide the perfect coffee machine to suit your companies needs. To find out more about our coffee machines contact us today.