That coffee maker you got looks great on top of your granite countertops. They seem to compliment each other. However, no matter how much you love your morning coffee, you should avoid drinking in on an empty stomach. Plus, doing that will deprive you of the optimum buzz and health benefits that a cup of Jo can give you.
The Coffee Benefits Supported By Science
Coffee lovers won’t just love their coffee for nothing. Coffee is loaded with health benefits that can prolong your life and not only that, you can be protected from the following:
- Coffee helps reduce the risk of cancer;
- Heart disease;
- Type II Diabetes;
- Parkinson’s Disease.
Coffee is also rich in natural antioxidants that can repair your DNA, distresses you, has an anti-inflammation compound, and keeps your enzymes normal that regulates glucose and insulin. No wonder, coffee addicts can live longer compared to those who never drink coffee.
The Right Coffee Time
Now, if you think that coffee time can be anytime, it appears that drinking your favorite cup at a different time of the day can affect the benefits that you are supposed to be getting and this is based from a chronopharmacology research, another branch of science that studies how drugs can work and affect people.
A part of the human brain called the suprachiasmatic nucleus or SCN is the one that controls your stress hormone or cortisol, when present, it keeps you alert and when it’s not around your brain, you feel sleepy. Similar to the effect of caffeine.
The moment SCN releases cortisol based on your rhythm which a 24-hour cycle that differs per person. Like early birds and night owls, they have their own rhythms that vary from each other by 12 hours.
Is it too technical now? Well, get this. When you drink your coffee the moment your SCN is already releasing a lot of cortisol decreases the positive effects because you are already so hyped. Why? Because: coffee + cortisol = overloaded stress and this one is really bad for you.
But if you drink coffee by the time that your cortisol level is really low, your mood is more relaxed and you simply feel the energy on doing the things that you have to do.
The Cortisol Level
For an average human being that wakes up around 6:30 am, their cortisol level spikes at:
- 8 to 9 a.m.;
- Noon to 1 p.m. And;
- 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.
For early birds, who rises at around 3:45, you just have to adjust the time by three hours back.
For night owls, who wakes up at 10 a.m., give it a three-hour adjustment forward.
You are probably doing your math now? So, what’s the right time for your first cup of hot latte?
Don’t Drink Coffee First Thing In The Morning
Remember that your cortisol levels are rising once you get out of bed, therefore, if you drink coffee at breakfast or while you’re rushing to work, don’t expect to get the positive benefit of those extra buzzes.
So, even if your cortisol level subsides in the afternoon, once you drink another cup it may only support the symptoms of insomnia because caffeine stays in your system for 12 hours so chugging on another cup is not a great idea. You will just be welcoming stress hormones if you do that. It’s the same thing when you drink coffee late in the evening.
So, to make it much easier for everyone. The best time to drink your first caffeine supply in a mug is between 9:30 and 11:30 a.m.
To be able to absorb the full benefit of your favorite coffee drink, drink it between 4 and six.
There you have it. Being aware of the appropriate coffee time will make you now a more responsible coffee drinker. So, just keep that coffee maker sitting on top of your pristine countertop – thanks to the granite countertop installers Potomac, because you’ll get it brewing later.
All this information just goes to show that there is a right time for everything like drinking coffee. You don’t just get out there and grab a venti size of your favorite mix anytime you feel like drinking it. Although, of course, you might just waste the precious benefits of caffeine that your system should be receiving. So, don’t forget to ‘time, check’ before grabbing that hot brew.