The aroma of coffee is intoxicating and the flavor and caffeine a pleasant way to start the day. But a new study finds that timing your caffeine intake outside of peak times of cortisol release gives you optimal health results and prevents the caffeine from messing with your cortisol levels.
Cortisol is a hormone released by the adrenal cortex in the brain. It regulates carbohydrate metabolism, blood pressure and your immune system. Cortisol helps in alertness and at times of stress it increases and gives us that “fight or flight” response to danger.
Cortisol has a distinct rhythm with how is released. If cortisol levels get confused by the caffeine you are drinking then the rhythm gets interrupted and that can be associated with metabolic issues, fatigue and poor quality of life.
You don’t want to combine your caffeine consumption with your body’s peak times of releasing cortisol. If you do drink coffee at these peak times, your body learns to produce less cortisol (which can mess with your metabolism), the caffeine you consume is less effective, and you can develop a tolerance for coffee meaning you will need to ever increase your consumption.
Peak cortisol production times are typically:
- 5am to 7am
- Noon to 1pm
- 5:30pm to 6:30pm
- 1Caffeine can hinder the effect of cortisol on your overall health.
- 2Timing your caffeine consumption can lead to better overall health.
- 3Wait an hour after waking before consuming your first cup of coffee.
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