All coffee lovers have the habit of drinking their first cup as soon as they jump out of bed, but a study has just revealed that this is not at all the best time to enjoy the benefits of caffeine! So when is the ideal time to drink your first coffee in the morning? We tell you everything!
In the collective unconscious, drinking your cup of coffee as soon as you get out of bed allows you not only to wake up well, but also to correctly apprehend the day ahead. Unfortunately, we have it all wrong! Drinking a cup of coffee on an empty stomach would indeed be bad for the body and counterproductive for the rest of the day. Scientists even indicate that drinking coffee upon waking would be the worst thing to do since there would be a placebo effect.
Dr. Steven Miller of the University of Washington Neuroscience explains why it is better to avoid drinking your cup of coffee as soon as you get out of bed: “Drinking our coffee at 8 a.m., as the vast majority of us do, when cortisol levels in the blood are at their peak, the caffeine is like a drug and fuels little almost a form of addiction. Our body gets used to it and we gradually need higher doses of coffee to wake us up.“. But when is the best time to enjoy the benefits of caffeine in the morning?
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Between 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.
If you want to benefit from the effects of caffeine, it is best to choose a time slot where the level of cortisol in the blood is as low as possible. But what is cortisol? Cortisol is a hormone that helps stimulate the production of glucose in the blood and therefore allows our body and our organism to hold up over time. According to Dr. Steven Miller’s research, this time slot would therefore be between 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.: “when cortisol levels begin to drop“.
This is why drinking your coffee at this time allows the caffeine to “take over” and bring all its benefits to the human body. Caffeine is considered a stimulant that will accelerate the functioning of neurons and the nervous system in general. It is therefore still recommended not to abuse it, a consumption of 400 mg of caffeine per day is already a limit not to be exceeded. Know that a 15 cl cup of filter coffee is equivalent to approximately 50 to 175 mg of caffeine, and 40 to 110 mg for an espresso coffee.
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