Coffee: To Drink or Not to Drink?

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Lately I notice that a lot of people search articles about coffee on my website. Some of you even reached me on facebook asking me for my opinion about coffee. I thought what to share with you about coffee, because my opinion would be kind of subjective, as I really love drinking coffee! J

I will try to stay away from my personal attraction to coffee and I will objectively tell you my opinion.

Probably you’ve heard a lot of controversy opinions and results from different researches on the topic of coffee and its effects on health. The reasons behind this, come from the way different people’s liver breaks down caffeine.

There are people who might drink a cup of coffee around lunch, and later on they find it hard to fall asleep at night, as they still feel the effect of caffeine, they feel tense and energetic.

There are people like me, who could literally drink coffee at 10pm, and when they take their last sip of coffee, go to bed and fall asleep immediately! People like me, who do not feel tense and energetic after a cup of coffee, break down caffeine faster, which means their body cleans from caffeine faster.

More often than not people wonder how caffeine affects cortisol levels( the stress hormone). Here the answer depends on what type of coffee drinker you are. If you break down coffee faster or slower. If you are one of those people that drink coffee for good night ;) , probably caffeine does not really affect cortisol levels in your body.

But if you are one of these people that break down caffeine slower, I can assure you that coffee has a strong impact on your cortisol and it raises it! What does that mean? That you should stay away from coffee? Absolutely not!

As you know cortisol follows the Circadian rhythm, i.e. the cycle of being awake and sleeping. That means, that in the morning hours, cortisol levels are high and as the day goes by, they get lower, till they reach their lowest at night. So when is the best time to drink your coffee? The answer is, when cortisol levels are high by nature!  That means 10-11 am. After that, limit coffee consumption.

What is the conclusion?

If you are like me, you could drink 3-4 coffees without any regrets.

If you break down caffeine slower, I recommend you drink coffee till 11am and after that drink water and tea.

Even though there are a lot of researches, that show coffee does not dehydrate as much as it was supposed to, my advice is to always drink a cup of water, for every cup of coffee. Thus drinking water will become a habit and it will be easier to meet your daily needs!

How many coffees do you drink? How does coffee affect you?

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Comments

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    Usually coffee is seen like a drink blast of caffeine but not all the coffee is the same, it is to say that the less altitud of the coffee production has more caffeine, there for if you take a high quality coffee of strict high growth (SHG) and a coffee of origen, not mix, the coffee has less caffeine.

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    I am also a coffee lover and a strict gym person.

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