In summer, more than in any other season, ensuring your body remains hydrated and restoring its mineral salts are deciding factors that result in a good condition of health and wellness.
This is great news! Your favourite black beverage can continue to keep you company when the weather hots up! But there are a few important points for you to consider: for example, we recommend you choose one of the cooler versions of the classic espresso that you can order at the bar or, at home, why not try out one of our 9 cold coffee recipes?
But doesn’t coffee dehydrate you in summer?
No, it’s a common misconception that in summer coffee has a dehydrating effect. Many scientific studies have proved wrong those who consider a cup of espresso a dehydrating agent.
Considering the role coffee plays in the lives of Italians, the relationship between coffee and dehydration has always been a hot topic over the decades, often generating much confusion. But don’t worry: there are no links between coffee and dehydration.
Under normal circumstances, that is, when a person does not have any particular illnesses or conditions, if coffee is consumed as part of a healthy diet and a well-balanced lifestyle, it can have many direct and indirect benefits.
What direct and indirect benefits can coffee help us obtain in the summer?
- It facilitates our digestion – thanks to the properties that stimulate the gastric juices – warding off that annoying sense of heaviness that comes with the hot weather.
- It stimulates the nervous system and the heart, keeping you awake and clear-minded: an ideal condition to be in if you are getting behind the wheel after a late night or for a long trip.
- It helps keep a well-trained body in shape because it accelerates the metabolism.
- It stimulates the organism’s ability to transform fats into energy, favouring a healthy slimming process.
- The generation of heat stimulated by coffee also favours a healthy slimming process, helping burn calories.
- Coffee contains substances other than caffeine, which have anti-oxidising and anti-inflammatory properties.
- It helps reintegrate the mineral salts that our body tends to lose more easily in summer.
- Its impact on the circulation helps prevent the typical dizziness caused by the heat.
Obviously, as mentioned, these benefits can only be obtained if you don’t overdo the quantity of your coffee intake and if coffee is consumed as part of a well-balanced diet and a healthy lifestyle. Otherwise, they can easily turn into negative effects for your health.
Now that you’re familiar with the benefits our favourite beverage can bring in summer, you can savour it with full peace of mind. Just one last tip: if you’re planning on going abroad this summer, you might find our guide for requesting an espresso around the world useful.