A new study on America’s favorite beverage has concluded that we should all change our morning habit of swilling the dark, luscious nectar. In spite of those who swear they can’t get going without at least one cup, researchers have come up with information that just may convince you to alter when you drink the hot treat.
In fact, the study says there is a much better time to ingest the magic elixir…and as difficult as it may be to accept, it’s NOT the minute you roll out of bed.
In recent years, numerous studies have come out extolling the virtues of daily coffee consumption. In fact, the brew is loaded with health benefits. “from improving your memory to protecting your brain from dementia. Now, new research published in the European Journal of Nutrition says that your daily brew might protect your DNA against damage, too.”
So with all that going for it, how can coffee EVER be bad? Well, not bad per se, but we are learning that there might be a better time to consume the cafe for maximum benefit.
Fox News reports, “Turns out the best time to drink coffee might not be first thing in the morning, but an hour after you wake up. This is because in the hour after you wake up, your body’s production of cortisol is at one of its three daily peaks, according to researchers who published a small but intriguing clinical study.”
We’ve all heard of cortisol, also known as the ‘stress hormone.’ It keeps us alert and produces that ‘fight or flight’ response we need when we feel danger. The study tells us that we should just ride the cortisol ‘high’ for about an hour THEN have the coffee to maintain that level of clarity and focus.
“Consuming caffeine while our bodies are already at peak cortisol-production teaches the body to produce less cortisol, according to chronopharmacologists who study the way drugs (such as caffeine) interact with our body’s natural biological rhythms.
“Not only does this undermine the effect of the caffeine, but it also works against cortisol’s alertness effect. Perhaps even worse, it may contribute to developing a tolerance for coffee (meaning that it takes more and more just to get to the same place — yikes)!”
So, the good news is that science still backs coffee as a healthy drink. The bad news is that we may be sabotaging its effects by drinking it at the wrong times.
And what are the other optimal times to indulge? Researchers say you should “try to do it outside the other peak cortisol production times — typically between noon and 1:00 p.m. and between 5:50 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. This will definitely help you kick any of those afternoon lull feelings and willpower you into a productive evening.”
I’m not sure about you, but that is going to be one stubborn habit to break!