5 Reasons to Celebrate National Coffee Day!


  1. Boosts Energy

There is no hiding the fact that a cup of jo will wake you up in the morning but have you ever wondered why? According to Gunnars, it has to do with the fact that coffee contains three prominent psychoactive substances! The most commonly known is caffeine but theobromine and chlorogenic acid are also active compounds in coffee that have a stimulant effect and can help with those tired mornings.

In particular, caffeine blocks an inhibitory neurotransmitter in the brain called adenosine then releases neurotransmitters like dopamine and norepinephrine. The result is heightened alertness and stamina to get you through your day!

  1. Increases Metabolism

Without a doubt, caffeine is the most commercialized ingredient in coffee, but it is not because of the taste. Studies show that caffeine can increase individuals metabolic rate by 3-11 percent depending on the amount ingested. Larger doses have a stronger effect, but it is vital to control consumption as individuals can become tolerant.

Tolerance also depends on the person and is typically less prominent in obese or older individuals and more notable in younger individuals. Interestingly, most of the increase in metabolism is due to a rise in the burning of fat which leads to the next underlying reason to indulge!

  1. Mobilizes Fat

That’s right caffeine burns fat! It stimulates the nervous system, which sends direct signals to the fat cells to tell them to break down fat.

Ultimately, caffeine increases adrenaline in the bloodstream which breaks down the fat tissue and releases it into the blood. This process mobilizes fat from the fat tissues and makes it available for use as free fatty acids in the blood!

  1. Prevents Disease

The health benefits don’t stop there. Research shows that drinking coffee can help prevent a variety of diseases. For instance, researchers at the University of Georgia have discovered that the chlorogenic acid compound found in coffee may help prevent some of the damaging effects of obesity. Previous studies have also shown that coffee consumption may lower the risk for chronic diseases like type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

Shockingly, those are only to name a few. Caffeine intake is associated with a significantly lower incidence of Parkinson’s disease and the effects of Alzheimer’s disease. It’s no wonder why coffee is so popular!

  1. Administers Happiness

With that said, the final reason why coffee is so renowned is since it acts as a mild antidepressant by aiding in the production of neurotransmitters like serotonin, dopamine and noradrenaline. A study done by the Harvard School of Public Health determined that drinking between two and four cups of coffee can reduce the risk of suicide in men and women by about 50 percent.

Another study done by the National Institute of Health found that those who drink four or more cups of coffee were about 10 percent less likely to be depressed than those who had never touched the java. Study author, Honglei Chen, states that the proposed reason coffee makes you feel good is those trusty antioxidants!

Therefore, there are no excuses not to celebrate International Coffee Day!

So what should you do next?

Have a cup of coffee and reap the benefits that it has on the human body today!

Workplace Stats to Recognize International Women’s Day!


Happy International Women's Day

March 8th is International Women’s Day! We would like to look at some recent developments of women in the workplace (our own head office consists of 75% female employees, including top leadership positions)! While there are many more strides to be made – it’s great to see gender equality taking shape over time:

  • women were 47.3% of the total labour force in 2016 (compared to 37.1% in 1976) [Source]
  • between 1976 and 2007 employment for mothers with children under 6 years old more than doubled from 31.5% to 68.1% [Source]
  • by 2012, college attendance went up to 71% for women (while staying stagnant at 61% for men) [Source]
  • Women in executive roles earn 72.3% of what men in the same position earn [Source]
  • 15.6% of SMBs are majority owned by women, and 19.7% are equally owned by women and men [Source]
  • in 2015, Prime Minister Trudeau named 15 women and 15 men to his cabinet, marking the first ever gender-balanced cabinet in Canadian history! [Source]

These are just some of the stats that show the progress we’re making in having equality at the workplace. While not perfect it does show change towards the positive! If you’re looking for more resources, tools and articles on the gender gap in the workplace check out World Economic Forum’s Women & Work section.

Benefits of Using Custom Stamps


Stamps seem to be one of those outdated items that we never keep top of mind. But can be beneficial in today’s digital age? Absolutely.

Stamps, including custom options, can help your business by:

Keeping Things Organized

Have a hard time keeping track of what invoice has been paid? Need a review date on a proposal? Having a stamped date on certain documents can ensure their accuracy and allows for easy future review (who wants to memorize the dates of all paid invoices?).

Benefits of Using Stamps

Personalization

Whether you’re approving new patients, customers or prescriptions – having a customized stamp can make official documents feel more welcome. Feel free to include your logo/branding, contact information or even a smiley face (having fun is encouraged in business) to help brighten your customer’s day! Custom stamps build on your organization’s branding efforts – using them regularly throughout all documents can help with top of mind awareness with customers.

Variety of Options/Sizes

We tend to think of stamps as one-size-fits-all, however stamps (particularly custom ones) come in all sorts of shapes and sizes. Whether you need something for envelopes or larger printer format paper sizes – there is a fit for all needs!


So what are you waiting for? Find one of our locations near you and stamp in to see all of our options!