Caffeine constantly gets a bad rep, but if you're anything like us, you need that espresso boost to balance worktime and playtime, and kick ass at both. Here's some java justification for your next caffeine craving.
If you are a regular coffee drinker, you are at a significantly lower risk of getting diabetes, Parkinson’s, colon cancer, gallstones, heart disease, and Alzheimer’s. Regularly drinking tea doesn't have the same health connection, so its probably more about the antioxidants in coffee rather than the caffeine, but who’s complaining, especially since caffeine is the richest source of antioxidants in the average person’s diet.
2. It Increases Metabolism
Caffeine breaks down fat and forces your body to burn fatty acids. Actually, most diet pills contain caffeine because not only does it increase metabolism, it also reduces a person’s appetite. Whether or not you’re trying to lose a couple of pounds, who doesn't want better metabolism on the daily?
3. It Makes You Feel Happier and Smarter
Sounds like an intense combination, but feeling happy and feeling smart are linked pretty strongly for a lot of us. Caffeine releases dopamine in our brains, which stimulates that bit in our gray matter that makes us feel more alert, and it also pumps up our spirits at the same time. The effects last about 45 minutes, so grab a quick cup before your next class or meeting and maybe it’ll be just the bump up your attitude needs.
4. It Makes You Stronger
Ever wonder why hitting the gym just after a coffee makes your workout seem so much easier? Taking in some caffeine 30-60 minutes before you pump iron increases your speed and stamina by tricking your muscles into thinking they’re stronger than they actually are. Added to that, caffeine will also reduce post-workout muscle pain by about half. Caffeine was actually considered a performance-enhancing drug because of how much better athletes do after a bit of caffeine enters their system. It's legal now, but is still kind of a "permitted" boost in organized sports.
5. Helps Hangovers
Caffeine is probably your best hangover friend, because it’ll subtlety get rid of your raging headache the morning after you had just a couple too many drinks. Added to that, it actually works to detoxify the liver, so it helps your liver recover from the alcohol-imposed stress of your nights in party mode.
6. If You Drink Enough, You’re Less Likely To Experience The Downsides
The most common downsides of drinking coffee are the jitters. You know, the feeling from some instant of accidental or intentional over-caffeination: Your heart beats way too fast and suddenly your hands just won’t stay stable. Good news, though, because the jitters and anxiety you feel after sipping on a cuppa fades out as your body becomes more accustomed to coffee in your system and becomes friendlier to it.
Kind of seems like there's not much holding us back from indulging our caffeine vices--but really, with all these health benefits, the beverage doesn't seem anything less than liquid happiness.
"Today, it is important to recognize the systemic racism against First Nations and Inuit within the health and social services network in order to put in place structuring actions to promote a more egalitarian and fairer relationship between these communities and nurses," said a statement by Luc Mathieu, president of the OIIQ.
The organization said that, after Echaquan's death, it made a "firm commitment" to prevent similar acts of racism by health care providers, as well as to rebuild trust with Indigenous communities to ensure they get the safe medical care they are entitled to.
In order to strengthen nurses' knowledge on Indigenous relations in health care, the OIIQ said it tasked its education committee with evaluating nurses' initial training in intercultural relations and cultural safety for First Nations and Inuit patients.
The organization also said it is taking necessary steps to implement continuing education activities for nurses on the same topics.
49th Parallel will be opening its doors on Friday, July 16 starting at 7 a.m. and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., they will be handing out free Beignes Lucky's to all customers.
Sounds like a pretty good reason to check out the spot if you ask me!
Plus, there will also be "coffee blends exclusive to the Old Montreal location, in addition to fan-favourite blends such as the Old School Espresso, Longitude 123°W Blend, and Organic French Roast" to try, so any coffee lover will be happy to take a trip over.
When: Officially opens Friday, July 16
Address: 488, rue McGill, Montreal, QC
Why You Need To Go: To see if British Columbian coffee can compete with Montreal flavours — and for a free donut on opening day!
In what could possibly be the most fun experience you'll ever have getting a vaccine, Piknic Électronik is partnering with the CIUSSS du Centre-Sud-de-l'Île-de-Montréal to host a walk-in COVID-19 vaccination clinic this Sunday, July 11.
The clinic is open to festival-goers as well as anyone visiting Parc Jean-Drapeau. Since it's no secret that drugs and alcohol go hand-in-hand with music festivals, we asked what you should you know if you're planning on getting a vaccine dose and also planning on being inebriated.
A Piknic Électronik spokesperson told MTL Blog that "there are no known interactions between vaccines and substance use (drugs and alcohol)."
Still, public health told us it does not recommend attending your vaccination appointment under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
Annie Dufour, media relations advisor for the CIUSSS, gave us a few reasons why that is.
Firstly, she said the health care provider giving the vaccine needs informed consent from the person receiving it before administering the dose.
"Alcohol and drugs can impair the ability to fully understand the information given," she said.
Secondly, the side effects of excessive substance use and the side effects of drugs and alcohol may be the same, making it difficult to interpret "clinical manifestations" after vaccination.
In other words, how can you tell if you're feeling faint due to a reaction to the vaccine or due to too much booze?
She said health care professionals on-site will be able to assess whether a person can receive the vaccine.
According to Piknic, the location and time — from 12:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the entrance to the site — were chosen strategically in order to ensure people can give their clear consent if they want to get vaccinated.
This article's cover photo was used for illustrative purposes only.
The government plans to deploy a vaccine passport system only "once the possibility of having access to two doses of a vaccine has been offered to the entire Quebec population aged 12 and over," according to a Thursday press release.
The target date for that benchmark is September 1.
Moreover, it would only be used if there's a significant increase in COVID-19 cases in the province — or, as the Ministry of Health puts it, "only if there is a deterioration or change in the epidemiological situation in a given territory that would justify its use."
The idea is that the vaccine passport would give Quebec an option other than simply locking down non-essential sectors again.
What activities could require a vaccine passport in Quebec?
In its press release, the Ministry of Health listed a number of non-essential services for which a vaccine passport could be required.
These include activities it identified as "high risk" ("gyms, team sports, bars, restaurants, etc."), as well as "moderate or low-risk activities involving a larger number of people," like festivals and sports games.
The vaccine passport would not be required for essential services.
In a statement, Dubé called the current state of infections in the province "encouraging," but said officials are "closely monitoring the emergence and spread of variants."
The passport, he added, would enable fully vaccinated Quebecers to maintain some level of normalcy.
"In the event of a further increase in cases, with the deployment of a vaccine passport, adequately protected individuals will be able to continue with their daily activities, and the economy and public sectors will be able to remain open," Dubé said.
The ministry encouraged Quebecers aged 12 and over to get their second vaccine doses this summer.
Health Canada has a robust website with all the latest information on the vaccines and can answer any questions you may have. Click here for more information.