All Writers Need a Cuppa Coffee


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Did you know, that long ago in a place in India, people would use coffee as a medicine?
The fact that they only used it for medicinal purposes helped it to have a positive effect on the body when sick.

Many writers swear by the black swirling, steaming liquid known as coffee. I do and I bet you do, too.

Of course, nobody’s going to advertise the down side of drinking too much coffee.

Balzac the prolific writer believed it was the only drink that would help his creative juices flow. He drank a few cups first thing in the morning, and then continued without letting his cup get empty throughout his long working day.

Honore Balzac, it is estimated, drank about 38–42 cups of steaming coffee everyday. He died of caffeine poisoning. On the other hand, the Legendary drinking habits of Balzac have become distorted and add-libbed over the years — it could have been a hell of a lot more than 42 cups a day.

A cup of coffee contains 11% of the daily recommended amount of Riboflavin (vitamin B2), 6% of Pantothenic Acid (vitamin B5), 3% of Manganese and Potassium, and 2% of Niacin and Magnesium. Pretty cool, now we know that coffee has some type of nourishing purpose.

There’s lots of talk about how good coffee is for you, these days. Better taken with a pinch of salt. Twenty years ago, the talk was about coffee was of no value to you and that it would make you ill. It’s all swings and roundabouts. But here’s a link to an interesting set of “facts” about coffee and performance

Athletes have a habit of drinking coffee twenty minutes before running or training. They get a insulin boost from it, so they swear a cup of old joe gives them a good start along the track. An insulin boost will also cause other things to happen in and around our internal organs, heart rate will increase, blood flow will speed up and all sorts of evasive action will be taken by the body to ensure nothing gets overloaded; that can cause tiredness in the end.

Too much coffee can wear you down. I’m pretty sure you know that feeling of nervousness that hits you after too much coffee. The old nervous system has taken a battering and the brain is fizzing like a percolator about to blow — too much coffee in my opinion.

I think drinking coffee is an enjoyable experience — and that’s that. If it really had medicinal values and high performance enhancing properties, then the Big Pharmas would package it and sell at 600 bucks a cup.

One things for sure, it’s the drink of writing champions. There’s something special about that aroma, the waft of steam that causes the eyes to open and the mind to pick up the story again. It gets a writer in the chair and the fingers, when not wrapped around a steaming mug, are fluttering over the keyboard as the mind creates a steamy story of woe and fortune for the world to read.

Sean Patrick Durham

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