When is the Best time to Drink Coffee
As routine coffee lovers, we all feel like we NEED that kick start in the morning. It’s the first thing that comes to mind as soon as we wake up and brace ourselves for the day ahead. It is left to brew while we shower or do our yoga stretches.
Coffee is easily the most consumed beverage in almost the entire world. At work or on the commute, one might see a mug in almost every hand. As best a job it does to get us up and rolling, Coffee is proven to boost creativity, mood and productivity altogether.
There is significant scientific evidence that drinking coffee can bring some great health benefits and can supposedly extend your life span. According to a meta-analysis of more than 100 studies, consumption of coffee can reduce:
- The risk of cancer up to 20%;
- The risk of heart disease by 5%; and
- the risk of Type 2 diabetes by 30%
Our body achieves this by being gushed with natural antioxidants that coffee brings along, causing the DNA to auto-repair, the glucose and insulin regulating enzymes to perform efficiently, and the stress related inflammation to subside.
On that note, the benefits of coffee can increase or decrease, depending greatly upon the time of the day it is being consumed at. Drinking at unfavorable times and it can even lead to a serious health issue. Laura Cipullo, author of Women’s Health Body Clock Diet, told CNBC that drinking coffee upon waking up could causes jitters and hyperactivity.
In order to be able to derive the best results, she said, is to take it a few hours later.
Upon waking up, the body is producing Cortisol- the stress hormone in abundant amounts, due to which, we feel anxious anyway. Caffeine could only perk up this response and make you feel worse. It could cause you to feel precociously tired, and your productivity to compromise throughout the day.
“Have coffee when the body is producing less cortisol, about three to four hours after waking,” Cipullo said – so between 9 am and 11 am. Having it at a wrong time thereby limits its effectiveness.
According to a neuroscientist Steven L. Miller, a postdoctoral research fellow at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, drinking coffee when your suprachiasmatic nucleus (SCN) is already releasing plenty of cortisol limits its positive effects because you’re already “wired up.”
In other words, a mix of coffee and cortisol only brings forth extra stress (extremely unhealthy).
On the contrary, if your coffee is consumed right, i.e., when your cortisol levels are low, it elevates mood and energy levels so that you are more productive without getting the jitters.
For the average human (people who rise at/ around 6:30 a.m.), cortisol levels peak at:
- 8 to 9 a.m.,
- noon to 1 p.m., and
- 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Even though the cortisol levels drop during the afternoon, drinking coffee around that time isn’t healthy either, because according to WebMD, caffeine remains in the bloodstream for up to 12 hours and can lead to insomnia, a huge source of stress and a serious health issue.
Although some people enjoy the occasional evening time coffee with friends, just to unwind after work or enjoying the upcoming weekend. In cases like such, the decaffeinated counterpart is a slightly better option.
Let’s keep these little facts in mind the next time we enjoy our favorite beverage and reap the most benefits out of it. All for the love of coffee…