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The Benefits to Your Coffee Craze

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Where would us college students be without coffee? It has been there for us through rough mornings, late nights, and our sweet cravings!

It is there for us in more ways than you may think – some of which are positive, among all the negative buzz. So sip down these facts with your next cup!

1. Health Advantages

  • Free Radicals – Free radicals are molecules in our body responsible for tissue damage, aging, and some diseases. They end up bonding with and damaging         other molecules in our body. Antioxidants end up preventing free radicals from harming healthy tissue. Coffee beans contain more than 1,000                   antioxidants called phytochemicals to help keep those free radicals tamed!
  • Prevents Muscle Pain – About two cups of coffee may actually cut post-gym muscle aches to those who are not casual drinkers.
  • Weight Balance– Drinking after a meal causes your body to slowly digest the meal you just ate, making you feel full for a longer period of time. It also    increases your overall metabolism to help you burn off calories.

2. Intellectual Improvement

  • Memory – Sustained attention and memory have been proven to increase with consumption of caffeinated coffee.
  • Grammar –  It can also help you proofread with increasing your odds at finding grammar errors.

3. Sex Life Boost

  • Sex Drive – Coffee may enhance sex drive among those that do not drink coffee habitually.
  • Fertility – It has also been claimed to increase fertility in men by increasing sperm mobility.

4. Reduce Cancer Risk

  • Skin Cancer – Women who drink more than three cups of coffee a day have a 20% lower risk of skin cancer, while men have 9% lower risk.
  • Prostate Cancer – Drinking 1-3 cups a day could reduce the risk of prostate cancer for men by 30%.

5. Disease Decrease

  • Alzheimer’s – Coffee boosts the levels of GCSF (granulocyte colony stimulating factor) that fights off Alzheimer’s.

About 4-5 cups can remove the beta-amyloid plaques associated with the disease in the brain.

  • Parkinson’s – A few cups a day can also lower the risk of Parkinson’s Disease by 25%.
  • Diabetes – Also, the more coffee you drink (caffeinated or decaffeinated), the lower your risk is at developing Type 2 Diabetes.

6. Make You Happy!

  • Mood Boost– Regular coffee drinkers have a 20% lower risk of depression than non-coffee drinkers. Caffeine is known to affect the brain since it modulates mood transmitters.
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Keeping Cool During the Heat of Finals

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By guest blogger Tiana Bouma
Tiana is a senior at University of Oregon double majoring in Political Science and Journalism with a focus in magazine. Her hometown is now Bend, OR but she graduated from high school in Danville, CA. After graduating from UO, she plans on traveling and working for National Geographic. During her spare time, she enjoys music, reading, sports and movies.

Finals are the best and worst parts of the term. On the one hand, it means one day closer to freedom (and summer!), but it also means time catching up and cramming is beginning to dwindle. During spring term when the sun is out, the last thing any of us want to do is sit inside and read through our notes and study guides.

The best thing to do is to create a balance between losing our marbles and having a little bit of fun during some well-earned study breaks.

Take a break and play frisbee with some friends! It'll get your endorphins going and help you study. Photo by Nathan Rupert.

The easy answer to making a little time for yourself during the upcoming finals period are things we do every day that may be taken for granted

  1. Go out for coffee with friends and take it on a walk. A walk around campus, or anywhere really, will help to get the blood flowing and reduce stress. The Vitamin D in sunshine will always help to increase your mood.
  2. When you are studying try to take breaks between subjects and items on your to-do-list. Even a fifteen-minute break from a subject will restart the creative juices and allow your brain to catch a little breathing room in between all of the information.
  3. Frisbee and pick-up basketball are perfect ways to relax from studying and stress while also increasing blood flow. The exercise combined with some friendly competition will release endorphins and give you a natural energy boost that just can’t be replicated by coffee after coffee.
  4. Take some time to just lie in the sun if you aren’t feeling athletically inclined. Just as taking a walk will help give you tons of Vitamin D, so too will relaxing in the sun. The Vitamin D will help with rejuvenating your brain and will also help you to return to studying faster. Just make sure you don’t fall asleep.

Overall, the important thing to remember is that you need to fully close the books and turn off the studying part of your brain while you take a break. Reading a magazine or a novel is still a break as long as your brain isn’t working hard to comprehend the material. Getting out of your chair and moving around will also help to make the break that much more rejuvenating.

Good luck with your finals!

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BookRenter Funnies: Free Coffee for All!

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Congratulations to our second round of BookRenter Funnies winners! We’re sending 20 lucky fans $10 Starbucks gift cards. Let’s hope they can stay awake in class for a little longer than normal!

Click on the image to tell us what you put in your coffee!

Thank you to everyone who told us what they put in their coffee, left hilarious comments, and entered the giveaway! Keep coming back every Monday and Wednesday for the newest study break.

This week’s allows you to flex your creativity and win a digital camera of your choice ($200 value). Submit your funny caption today!

And here are the winners:

Melissa Brown

Sarah Bunker

Geraldine Coello

Margaret DeNovellis

Jessica Dent

Shanine Evangelis

Angelique Gonzalez

Cristie Hipsman

Jason Jacob

Amy Natishin

Kayla Norris

Mariah Ragan

Kelly Riedy

Leanne Rodriguez

Jeannine Scavo

Leah Schklar

Summer Sunday

Karissa Tatom

Krystle Wheeler

Alejandra Yaya

Congratulations, everyone!

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Cup of Kindness

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By BookRenter Mike

Cup of Kindness

The concept of a random act of kindness baffles me a litte bit. What is a random act of kindness?  Should I be prepared to act at a moment’s notice? In my opinion for an act of kindness to be seen as truly random, it needs to be an act that is completely unexpected and happen in the blink of the eye. Every day we have the opportunity to commit random acts of kindness, and today I decided to take advantage of that opportunity.

On my way to class this morning, I stopped by the local coffee shop in the library to grab a cup of steaming, hot coffee before class. Unfortunately, for the girl in front of me, the credit card machine was down and she had zero cash. At 7:50 in the morning, the prospect of attending class in ten minutes can seem downright daunting without that caffeine boost. Typically I’m pretty shy, but today I clawed my way to the front and bought her a tall cup of Joe. We ending up talking for about 5 minutes, and the unexpected conversation brightened my morning. Although, I don’t remember her name (come on it was 7:50 in the morning!), I now have another person to say hi to on my way to class.

The only problem with my RAK? I ended up being late to class!

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Our Weekly Coffee Winner is…..

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Congratulations, Janene you are this week’s $10 coffee gift card winner!

“Always be yourself, no one likes to find out later that you faked who you were…keep it real and if they don’t like you then so be it, I much rather know a person for real or just forget it.”

Comment on our blog and be entered in to win one of our weekly coffee giveaways. Each winner will receive a $10 gift card, to one of the following: Starbucks, Dunkin’ Donuts, or TBD. Winners will be chosen at random and announced each Wednesday.

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