Are you one of those coffee aficionados that can’t imagine their day without a cup of coffee? As soon as you get up, visit the bathroom and come back, you feel the craving, you feel the caffeine thirst. You probably turn on your coffee maker to brew some coffee. What a great start of the day, things will be perfectly fine after coffee. At least until the second cup of the day. Considering that you’re here, you probably want to learn how to improve the whole coffee drinking experience. Let’s take a look.
The timing is important
Did you know that there are specific times of the day when you should drink coffee? Yes, drinking coffee at a specific time of the day will maximize its great caffeine kick. And you won’t build up a tolerance to it. Basically, there is a study that examines the circadian clock (our internal master clock) and the researchers proved that drinking coffee is best when our cortisol levels decrease. When we wake up, cortisol levels spike and we feel energized. Also, these levels increase again later in the day. Therefore, drinking coffee during these periods of the day is not recommended since it has no effect. Instead, have your morning cup of coffee between 9.30am and 11.30am and sip one in the afternoon between 1.30 and 3.30pm.
Spice it up
Having a cup of coffee with or without sugar is fine. That’s the good old option that won’t fail you. However, if you get bored, you could try spicing things up. For example, brew some coffee and pour it into your cup. Take some cinnamon and spice it up a little bit. Another delicious idea would be to have a chocolate bar (preferably dark chocolate) near and eat it as a ‘side dish’ along with your coffee. But, there is one ‘tweak’ that is really something else. If you happen to have a Nespresso machine, try to find one of those awesome Baileys coffee pods and start brewing. Your mind will be blown away by the taste of Baileys Original Irish cream. Your senses will appreciate this tweak!
Final countdown push
Remember how those last hours of your shift always seem to be the worst? They are so annoying and the time goes by so slow that you almost go mad every time you take a look at your watch? Well, if you want to help yourself at those times, the UK National Health Service believes that you should drink some coffee. According to them, we are at our lowest at 2.16pm when it comes to energy. Therefore drink a cup of coffee and, in approximately 15 minutes, you’ll feel that extra kick of energy that is more than essential for pushing through the final hours of the shift.
Drink coffee and fight sleep-deprived stress
For all of you who are sleep deprived, this tip will prove worthy of your time! If you are sleep-deprived, the smell of coffee can reduce your stress levels. Yes, mere smell can do you a favor and help with the stress. According to one study, those exposed to the coffee smell display the increase of healthful antioxidant proteins which helps protect nerve cells from stress-related damage. On the contrary, those that didn’t smell the coffee showed no signs of these gene expressions. Smelling is one thing, but drinking is actually even better!
Coffee intake means enhanced metabolism
Consumption of coffee is linked to increased metabolic activity, Therefore, is there a better way to stay lean, especially on the job, by drinking coffee? Probably not. Your office most likely doesn’t have a gym that you can visit when you want. The metabolic impact of caffeine is not enough to eat away all the calories from junk food! Bear that in mind. But it won’t hurt to know that your body is really burning fat at a higher rate when your drink coffee!
And now you have more than enough reasons to drink away that sweet, sweet coffee. But, don’t overindulge. You’ll ruin it. Control the dosage and enjoy!