The liver is a key organ in the body and is involved in a number of vital metabolic processes including the regulation of blood sugar and fat, the digestions of food to nutrients, and the neutralisation and detoxifications of drugs and toxins. Consequently, any damage to the liver can have a significant impact on overall health.
Many people will have seen first-hand the widespread custom of coffee in the workplace, whether in an office setting, or in scenarios such as shift work in factories and hospitals. Coffee breaks are an ingrained part of work culture, and the phrase ‘taking a coffee break’ can be synonymous with taking a short period of time away from work to chat with colleagues, clear one’s head, or simply have some downtime.
While a large body of research has reviewed the physiological effects of coffee consumption, only few studies have considered the potential relationships between coffee consumption, mood and emotion. However, current research into this area suggests some interesting findings, not only within a healthy population, but also in subjects with depression: some examples are discussed below.
The demographic population of Europe is changing: the population of older adults is growing. The United Nations’ ‘World Population Ageing’ report highlights that there were 176.5 million people aged 60 years or over in 2015, and that this figure is projected to rise to 217.2 million by 2031.
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