6 Unexpected Health Benefits of Coffee

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Many of us here at LNE Consulting have been known to enjoy one or two three or four cups of coffee throughout the day. And if you’re like us, you may even have gotten some flack over your impending addiction from your friends, family, or coworkers. But coffee lovers, rejoiceit turns out that indulging in a reasonable amount of coffee each day is actually pretty good for you! Don’t believe us? We’ve rounded up a list of 6 of coffee’s best health benefits.

1. Increases your energy levels

You may have already noticed the little jolt of energy that comes when you drink a cup of coffee. This effect is because caffeine boosts your levels of norepinephrine and dopamine, providing you with that burst of energy.

2. Improves physical performance

Not only does caffeine increase your adrenaline levels, but it also causes fat tissue to release fatty acids, fueling your body and improving your physical performance—making it the perfect pre-workout beverage!

3. Contains important nutrients

One cup of coffee contains Vitamins B2 and B5, Manganese, Potassium, Magnesium, and Niacin. If that one cup turns into four, coffee can supply a surprising amount of your recommended daily nutrient intake.

4. Source of fiber

A cup of brewed coffee can contain up to 1.8 grams of fiber, approximately 6% of the 30 grams daily recommended for the average adult. Fiber helps normalize bowel movements, lowers cholesterol levels, helps control blood sugar levels, and can even help you achieve a healthy weight.

5. Full of antioxidants

Coffee contains large amounts of several important antioxidants, including hydrocinnamic acids and polyphenols. If you’re a regular coffee drinker, coffee can fulfill a substantial portion of your daily antioxidant needs!

6. Lowers the risk of several diseases

Multiple studies have shown that people who regularly drink coffee have a much lower risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, Dementia, and Parkinson’s disease.

So don’t be afraid to pour that second cup, just be sure to limit yourself to the recommended daily amount: about 4 cups of coffee for the average adult.

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5 Outdoor Activities That Will Keep Summer Going in September

September is here, and with school starting again it may not feel like summer anymore. At LNE Consulting, we have found other ways to keep the summer fun alive despite the coming fall. So before the September responsibilities set in for good, try and get out to try a few of these fun activities.

  1. Bike Riding! To be fair, this can be done in any weather – especially here in Florida where we’ve got sunshine year round. With the summer heat subsiding, September is a great time to pick this hobby up again. If you are able, pack a picnic and bike somewhere remote with friends. Enjoy the beautiful weather with a beautiful ride!
  2. Jet skiing! Check out the local jet skiing options available on Hollywood Beach or some of the other beaches nearby. Get out on the water and make some memories.
  3. Go on a boating excursion. Check out some of the available rental places near us in Hollywood, FL or, if you’re feeling adventurous, take a trip out to the Florida Keys and check out some of the wildlife out there! It will still feel like summer from the bow of your boat.
  4. Try canoeing in West Lake Park, not far from LNE Consulting’s office in Hollywood, FL. There is a wonderful waterfront site for canoeing and picnics, make a day out of it and plan some time before things get busy this fall. Just don’t tip the canoe!
  5. Head on over to the Anne Kolb Nature Center, where there are beautiful hiking trails, an observation tower, an aquarium and even mangroves that you can paddle through in Kayaks! With so many options, this center is definitely worth a day trip.

So, even though it’s September, it doesn’t have to feel like fall yet. While we enjoy beautiful weather all year long in Hollywood, FL, it can still get busier once fall hits and responsibilities begin again. So find some time to keep the freedom and fun of summer alive, and from all of us at LNE Consulting, we hope you make some wonderful memories!

Food for Thought, Literally: 7 Foods that Boost Brainpower

As we power through the summertime and fight through the Florida heat, LNE Consulting (Hollywood, FL) has got you covered with a list of 7 foods that are proven to help keep you focused!

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You’ve probably heard of this one before. You may have even popped a handful of blueberries in your mouth on your way to take a big test back in school. Blueberries are full of antioxidants, which boost the flow of blood and oxygen to your brain, which improves concentration and memory.

2) Beets

These red root vegetables are another great source of antioxidants. Beets also contain natural nitrates, which similarly increase blood flow to your brain, giving you a rush of energy and improving your mental performance.

3) Broccoli

Broccoli contains high levels of Vitamin C, Vitamin K, and choline, three nutrients that are key for supporting energy and brain function. Turns out your mom was right, you really should eat your broccoli!

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We’re as thrilled as you are to have another excuse to eat more chocolate. Dark chocolate with contains 70 percent or higher cocoa is packed with flavonols, which provide your body with antioxidants, helping blood flow to the brain and heart and even lowering your blood pressure.

5) Nuts and Seeds

Both are a fantastic source of Vitamin E, which helps maintain your cognitive function as you age. They’re also full of essential oils and amino acids which can give you a concentration boost.

6) Avocadosavocados-in-bowl

Avocados are always praised as a great source of healthy fatty acids, but did you know they can also help out your brain? They’re known to aid blood flow to the brain, which yes, you guessed it, improves your focus and concentration.

7) Fatty Fish

Especially oily fish, such as salmon, trout, mackerel, herring, sardines, pilchards, and kipper, have been proven to enhance your mental performance and mood due to their high levels of omega-3  fatty acids.

Try incorporating even just two or three of these superfoods into your daily diet, you’ll notice a difference!

Check back on our blog for more tips from LNE Consulting on how to stay productive this summer.