Drinking coffee is definitely one of the most popular ‘new’ habits in the world. I ‘new’, because less than 100 years ago, drinking coffee was a bit more scientific, with a specific goal to increase the productivity of the workers.
Recently, an invitation for a coffee is rather a socializing act, something that brings people together to relax while having a good conversation.
While reading and listening to a few books about caffeine recently, I thought it would be useful for you to know some more specific things about coffee – so you know how to drink it in a smart way – a way in which you use it to your advantage.
Let’s start with some general things you should know about coffee:
- Caffeine gives you energy by replacing the biochemical adenosine, which makes you tired. It also boosts metabolism and increases physical performance/muscle strength.
- Vitamins B2, B3, B5, manganese, and potassium are all found in coffee.
- Coffee gives you antioxidants. It makes you happier. It improves your physical performance.
As you can see, there are some benefits to drinking coffee. However, according to science, when and how is best to drink coffee?
- It’s ok up until 400mg coffee. More than 600mg / day is too much.
- It is best to drink coffee between 10-12 or 2-5 in the afternoon. This won’t interfere with the normal times when cortisol is released.
- When cortisol increases (you’re stressed) and you drink coffee, that decreases the benefits of caffeine.
- The more coffee you drink, you’ll become more immune to it.
It’s also useful to know that caffeine has a half-life of around 6 hours, meaning that if you drink 400 milligrams at midday, you will have about 200 milligrams in your system at 6 PM and around 75 milligrams in your body at midnight.
What do you think about these findings? Knowing this, what will you try to hack your coffee habits?