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A 7-Point Guide To Drinking Coffee The Smarter Way

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Are you one of those people who starts their day with a jolt of caffeine? There’s a big chance that you’re drinking coffee the wrong way.

Now, don’t you fret. You’re not alone, you know. We’ve been wired by media to drink coffee early in the morning even if it’s incorrect.

To ensure that you start doing it right this time around, we culled a short guide for you coffee drinkers

No coffee before 10AM

No coffee before 10am

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You read that right. The optimal time to start drinking coffee is after you get to the office and not as soon as you wake up. Early in the morning, our bodies produce high levels of the stress hormone, cortisol, to help us stay alert. Caffeine early on will signal your body to lessen the production of cortisol. This is when your body starts to depend so much on coffee to stay alert and awake, rather than on your hormones.

There's a significant amount of caffeine allowable

There's a significant amount of caffeine allowable

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The safest amount of caffeine that can be consumed by adults is 400mg only. TO go beyond this can result to an insomnia, jitters, restlessness, upset stomach, and irritability. Coffee at Seattle’s Best has around 45mg while a cup of Starbuck’s coffee has around 165mg.

Boost your memory

Boost your memory

Going to a convention or seminar? Instead of drinking coffee prior or during the event proper itself, it is ideal that you do it after. Studies show that 200mg of caffeine works best in boosting your memory.

Coffee nap in the afternoon

Coffee nap in the afternoon

If you’re not exactly a fan of the slow afternoon, try drinking a cup of coffee and then take a 20-30 minute nap. The effect of coffee will kick in the moment you wake up. The combo of coffee and napping has proven awesome results instead of doing either alone.

Productivity is guaranteed, creativity sort of

Productivity is guaranteed, creativity sort of

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Since caffeine is a stimulant, the shot you get from cup will boost your energy, increasing your productivity at work. The same can’t be said of creativity though. However, research studies show that working in a coffee shop may help aid creativity because of the moderate noise level.

Improve your endurance

Improve your endurance

Just by having a cuppa before you exercise, you improve your chances of doing better at the gym or even jogging alone. The caffeine in your coffee improves your endurance when it uses your fat as the fuel to go on for several hours.

Coffee has great health benefits

Coffee has great health benefits

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Research shows that coffee drinkers have lower risk of premature death caused by diabetes, heart disease, stroke and neurological diseases such as Parkinson’s. For the benefits to kick in though, it’s important to take your coffee black. The addition of sugar, milk or cream will undermine the benefits because they add a lot of fat and calories which are unnecessary.

The next time you decide to take coffee early in the morning, remember this guide and train yourself to drinking coffee the right way this time around.

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