The Health Benefits of Coffee
Our countries (and possibly the world's) first love! Caffeine is the most widely used psychoactive drug in the world! We personally at Fix Body Group can't start our days without it.
If you're like us, it's probably important for you to know more about what exactly you're putting in your body. In this article we are going to cover the good, the bad and ugly about caffeine, not just in our coffee but from all the common sources.
Spoiler alert for those of you that fear we're going to tell you to cut caffein, caffeine is not bad for you.
How Does Caffeine Work?
Most of us are used to taking in caffeine via our coffee. Arising to the delectable aroma that you count on to power you through the day. So what exactly does that caffeine do for us?
As you can tell from the graphic above, It's more about what caffein stops from happening that creates the magic. In our brain’s we have a molecule called Adenosine. This binds with a receptor called, you guessed it an Adnenosine receptor.
Adenosine is what slows down neural activity and makes us feel sleepy. So when caffeine blocks this from happening the opposite affects occur. When we sleep our body clears out it’s Adnesosine, this is why we wake up feeling refreshed. Caffeine stimulates our central nervous system and creates increased heart beat and alertness.
How Long Does Caffeine Last
The short answer is 2-4 hours depending on how fast your body breaks down caffeine. Ultimately, your body will roughly clear out a cup of coffee within 6 hours.
The more caffeine we consume the more adnenosine receptors our body produces, since caffeine blocks the receptor. Now you need to drink more and more cups to get the same impact. If you stop drinking caffeine you may notice that you fall asleep much harder as these added adnenosine receptors have more. Your body creates more adnenosine receptors which actually results in more caffeine being produced to block them.
Is Coffee Good For You?
As with so many things in life, you can surely enjoy it in moderation! Caffeine is on the overall healthy and shows many positive effects, just remember the difference between poison and medicine is the dose.
How Much Caffeine Should You Consume
Here’s a couple of common sources for caffeine so you know just how many milligrams you are taking in.
A healthy range is about 200-400mg a day.
If you find yourself taking in more than 400mg consistently you will probably start to feel negative affects of caffeine. You may start to experience headaches, having a hard time falling asleep and waking up not feeling rested. That level of caffeine significantly impacts your hormonal balance, your body will stop producing many of the hormones that make you feel alert.
Caffeine is best in moderation, don’t drink it just to drink it but plan to use it when you are maximizing the benefits.
Common Misconceptions About Caffeine
Caffeine Does Not Dehydrate You
Contrary to what some of you might have heard, caffeine does not dehydrate you. While it is a dietetic (yes it makes you go to the bathroom more). The net affect of what you take in verse what goes out is still in the positive.
While nothing can truly replace the hydrating and health benefits of pure H2O, caffein and or coffee consumption should not be considered a negative.
Caffeine Gives You Energy
Caffeine definitely makes us feel alert by stimulating our central nervous system as we showed above, but only calories from food is true energy. While it's good for a morning pick-me-up, never plan to use coffee as your source for real energy.
Caffeine Can Make You Lose Weight
It can assist you but it is not directly correlated to losing the weight. It has been shown to improve performance and stamina in the gym and slightly boost our metabolism.
Too much caffeine keeps us in an alert state, known as “fight or flight”. In this state food is stored as energy and not broken down until we get into a rest and digest state. So if you are over stressing your system in an attempt to lose weight, you might be sabotaging yourself. Too much caffeine throws off our hormones, getting restful sleep will be an issue and feelings of fatigue will be constant. If we stay stressed we will actually be adding on more fat and moving in the wrong direction.
For more information about caffeine and other nutritional tips, get in touch with our team at Fix Body Group or San Diego and Scottsdale today.