The Health Benefits of Coffee

coffeeCaffeine is the most active substance in coffee. The health effects of caffeine become statistically significant when you consume at least four cups of coffee each day. These effects include sleeplessness, anxiety and irritability, especially in individuals who are susceptible to caffeine. Any attempt to derive health benefits from coffee should therefore limit coffee consumption to three cups per day. It is also important to skip cream and sugar when drinking coffee.

Coffee increases your alertness, which can be beneficial for certain tasks. A scientific study published in the Journal of Experimental Psychology found that caffeine improves the ability of students to detect grammatical errors in written text, especially errors in verb tense and subject verb agreement. The same study did not show an improvement in the students’ ability to detect misspelled words.

According to our friends at, caffeine may also reduce the risk of depression in women. A study at Harvard University appearing in The Archives of Internal Medicine concluded that two to three cups of coffee per day reduce the risk of depression in women by 15 percent. A minimum of four cups of coffee per day reduce that risk by 20 percent. The reason for this improvement is that caffeine modulates the release of mood transmitters in the brain according to Dr. Albert Ascherio, a researcher in the Harvard study. Continue reading

Remodeling? Paint is a Miracle in a Can

I recently read an article that called paint, “Hope in Can.” I think I’ll go on to say that paint is a remodeling miracle in a can. Paint is affordable, pretty easy to apply, and makes a huge difference in a room. There just isn’t much else that you can do to a room that has this big of an impact.

If you are considering tackling a room improvement job this weekend, try paint. Test the paint by either buying a small can or getting the biggest test chip you can. Take it in the room and test it under the various lighting the room will have; natural, incandescent, no light, because the color will look different. I recommend acrylic paint because it’s got great coverage and it’s easy to cleanup with water. Choose flat, matte, satin, semi-gloss, or gloss; living rooms are typically flat or matte and bathrooms and kitchens are typically satin or semi-gloss. I tend to go to a more glossy finish because it’s easier to cleanup. But the more shine the more easily you will see flaws in the walls.

I’d give some advice on where to buy paint but most people have their own favorite spot. I normally buy paint at Lowe’s and Nashville Wallpaper Decorating Centers.

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