Coffee is one of the oldest beverage known to man, but it was considered unhealthy due to its caffeine. On the other hand, long-time coffee drinkers continue to enjoy it. Recent studies suggest that coffee indeed has many health benefits including lowering the risk of heart disease and improving erection quality in men.
However, timing is important when drinking coffee. There are particular times of the day in which the brain can efficiently utilize its benefits, but there are also times when it cannot. It’s not just about grabbing a cup of joe first thing in the morning. In fact, drinking coffee at random times can hurt instead of reaping the benefits and can result in caffeine tolerance making you drink more of it so you can feel its effect.
The reason is that there are certain times of the day where the hormones of the body peak and fluctuate. In the morning upon waking up, cortisol level is high, and drinking coffee right after getting up from is not a good idea. Let’s learn more about this hormonal fluctuations and when is the right time to grab that cup of joe for maximum benefit.
Now it’s clear that drinking coffee at random times can affect the body’s circadian rhythm. Cortisol, which is known as the stress hormone is one of the vital hormones in the body’s circadian rhythm and particularly high during morning upon waking up and sometime during mid-morning. However, due to ignorance of this scientific fact, many people are drinking coffee at the wrong time. For instance, early in the morning upon waking up, it’s easy to start that coffee maker and in just matter of minutes, the coffee is ready.
On the other hand, cultures around the world who drink coffee especially those from developing countries allows enough time up to an hour or, so before they drink their coffee in the morning. The reason is they don’t have the technology to do it quickly, plus the environment they are living is different and it’s easier to feel calm and lower cortisol. Probably, this is one of the reasons why indigenous people who drink coffee are not negatively affected by it. Additionally, they drink their coffee with less processing, drink it black and without putting unhealthy additives to it that can compound the problems especially adding sugars.