Black Cup: Drink, Yes or No?

Black Cup: Drink, Yes or No?

Well, today I decided to share something I worked on with you all. . .

It’s a controversial one though; it’s about a drink– coffee.

Coffee is loved by many people including me. Infact, millions of people consume coffee worldwide everyday.

It is a beverage consumed for many reasons; it’s aroma gets me lifted! Apart from the aroma, students love to drink it so they can “burn the midnight candle” while workers consume it to accelerate their output. Just like every commodity, coffee is a two-sided beverage with both pros and cons. Infact research presumes that the pros outweighs the cons. The presence of caffeine in coffee they say makes it a “suspect” of some health problems.  Among the benefits of coffee intake are: improvement in the body performance, mind performance, reduction in the risk of Parkinson’s disease,  cardiovascular disease, and other non-communicable diseases which seems like WoW! Nonetheless, the existence of cons cannot be denied; even though coffee helped my reading and assimilation, I was always left with a migraine after my exams back then in the University. I had mood swings, ate less, and began to reason slowly than I would normally; depression and anger set in, I even got addicted. . . The truth is, I stopped coffee consumption because of these effects and transferred my affection to other drinks of which I later realised contained caffeine. Coke, cholocate bars, cappucino, decaffeinated coffee, energy drinks, laté, even tea contain some amount of caffeine!

The question therefore on the lips of researchers and myself remains should I drink coffee or not? What quantity is good? What is the level of risk?  

Like other lovers of coffee and some researchers, moderation is advised . . .

You can consume coffee and still stay healthy . . .

Drink coffee andother caffeine-containing drinks RESPONSIBLY!

Stay informed!



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Dark generation

Dark generation

One evening while walking with a friend to my abode, I had to cross the road to the other side. In the process of crossing, a child (a boy of about 8 years of age) walked past me with a bag of grocery on his right hand and a busy left hand as well. He held onto his stick of cigar.

With astonishment written all over my face I asked my friend, Was that real? Did you see that?

I have always known teenagers to indulge in the act of smoking but not children. I was dazed and sad at the same time. I became down in my spirit for the generation we are raising; they are fast becoming our “dark hope”. Kids who are supposed to grow to be useful to themselves and the society are becoming hostile and restless. How is the world supposed to become a better place if kids are robbed of their potentials due to smoking and its consequences?

About 23% of children between 11 and 16 try to smoke and 4% of them actually smoke regularly. This might seem small a number but the truth is the number increases everyday. These children are exposed very early in life that it becomes an habit they are unable to or find difficult to stop. Many parents smoke without reflecting on the risk they expose their little ones to (NB: you do not have to sit them down and lecture them). Some kids who do not smoke become passive smokers which is becoming worse than smoking for children; they are open to respiratory diseases and cancer which is not fair on their part.

I am very sure we have a knowledge of what smoking can do and I will not highlight them here. If you are not check here. Stop being selfish, when you want to smoke, stop and think! Ask yourself, what am I gaining from this? Happiness? How long does it last? Who am I affecting? Do I want to die smoking? Even though you do not care about others show some concern for your offsprings. Children grow to become young adults and then adults. Likewise smoking children grow to become smoking adults and the cycle continues leaving a dark generation. All dark-heart!

So many factors contribute to smoking but do not allow the short-term pleasure lead you to a long-term debt. Smokers are liable to die young so says the media but it seems not to be helping because it is still being manufactured and people seem not to be dying young. Do not be decieved, the repercussion is not immediate it is progressive. Therefore, take the bull by the horn today, if the production of cigas will not be stopped, the economy keeps rising, and down times keep surfacing, you decide to fight! Many desire to stop smoking but cannot help it that is why this has been written. Seek help from NHS and other smoke-free services, do not be ashamed, it is ok to want to quit. It makes you a strong and better parent and person, see how this woman stopped smoking for her son’s sake. Do not switch to shisha and e-cigarette, they are all the same. Please decide not to prolong the dark genealogy, decide to stop the cancer and smoking-related disease trail, decide to protect your lineage.

Protect our leaders of tomorrow

Leave a lasting legacy                           photo-2-1

Stay informed!