Capitalize On Coffee By Holding Off Your First Cup Until Three Hours After You Wake Up

May 28, 2019

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The world is about to change for you, especially when you have the world take a number until you’ve completed your first cup of coffee in the morning. Besides getting your prepared for the daily tasks of life, over 127 scientific studies highlighted the many benefits of drinking coffee, from a longer average life span to a reduced risk for cancer, heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and Parkinson’s disease. However for all those health benefits, they may not be paying off for you if you reach for the pot first thing in the morning.  In fact, the optimum time for your first cup of coffee should be three hours after your alarm goes off!  What nonsense is this??? Essentially, science tells us that it’s best to drink coffee when your body’s cortisol levels are low. That’s because both caffeine and cortisol cause a stress response in your body, and too much stress is bad for your health for obvious reasons. In addition, it might end up making you more tired in the long run. Waking up in the morning is a stressful time for your body, thanks to the stress hormone, cortisol. This gives you the oomph you need to get going and cortisol levels start to rise as soon as you start moving in the morning, so it isn’t an ideal time to drink coffee. Neither is the afternoon, because doing so could make it more difficult to fall asleep at night. This means that people who wake up at 6:30 a.m. should drink coffee after that first cortisol window closes—roughly between 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.—if they want to benefit for a little caffeine jolt. However we're not going to push you to change your morning ritual with that first cup of coffee.  But if you feel adventurous, or find yourself out of energy mid-morning, try it one time and see if this system works better for you!

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SOURCE: Mental Floss

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