⌲ ANTIOXIDANT - Coffee is the biggest source of antioxidants in the Western diet right now. Meaning it stimulates and drives detoxication, protecting your cells from damage.
⌲ DECREASES THE RISK OF DISEASE – Current research shows that consuming caffeine lowers the levels of thyroid disease, diabetes,Parkinson’s, certain cancers and improvements in Alzheimer’s patients and lower levels of suicide.
⌲ MINERALS - Caffeine is not a drug, it’s a nutrient that is high in magnesium, potassium, vitamins B1 and B3.
⌲ METABOLIC RATE – Consuming coffee / caffeine increases metabolic rate.
⌲ RELIEVES CONSTIPATION – Coffee is helpful in relieving constipation due to its thyroid-supporting effect.
- Coffee/ caffeine will increase your glucose uptake (makes you use sugar faster), this can bring down your blood sugar levels making you feel nauseous, anxious, on edge after drinking coffee. Therefore try to avoid drinking coffee on an empty stomach & after fasting all night.
- Coffee shouldn’t be used to suppress your appetite.
- Caffeine is a stimulus that enhances your nervous system, increasing your cortisol levels (giving you a sense of more energy that can be used in a workout). We recommend caffeine over any pre-workouts as caffeine is a pure supplement, easily accessible and causes fewer gut issues compared to commercial pre-workouts.
- Caffeine shouldn’t be used to REPLACE your lack of energy in the gym if this is the case. Review your current training and nutrition protocols.
Gut health is an individual thing. If coffee makes your gut feel bad, it's probably best to stop drinking it. If you're not sure whether coffee is causing your gut distress experiment by cutting it out and re-introducing back into your diet.
Like everything MODERATION is key. Signs you are over consuming coffee.
- You don’t feel the effect of the caffeine.
- Your tired without it.
- You feel like you NEED a coffee for energy.
- If you don’t have a coffee you get headaches, dizziness, mood swings, nausea and/or your feel anxious.
- There are inconclusive results from studies done on pregnant women consuming caffeine. To be safe pregnant women should cutout coffee to reduce the risk of complications.
Due to the decrease quality of dairy products and increased cases of lactose intolerance into today’s world.
Suggestions what to add to your coffee are:
- Plant based milks (almond, oats, coconut).
- Plain black coffee.
- Spices (turmeric, cinnamon, ginger, cocoa powder).
- Honey or Stevia to sweeten it up.
- Take caffeine before a workout as it raises stress hormones in your body. If you have coffee post training it doesn’t allow your body to recover as well from the stress of the workout.
- Hydration is key, so drink plenty of water before, during and after coffee consumption.
- As a rule of thumb, DON'T DRINK more than 2 cups of coffee a day OR 200mg – 400mg of caffeine per day.
- NO caffeine/ coffee AFTER 12PM (coffee has a half-life for up to 6 hours therefore having the ability to mess with your sleep cycle.)
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