My Thoughts on Coffee Consumption

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Good morning, and happy HUMP DAY!

Can you believe it's Wednesday already? This week is flying by for me. Maybe it's just that I'm finally back to my regular routine after visiting family in Texas and then being sick for a week. Do you feel energized when you get back into your normal routine? I am such a creature of habit. I love structure, so this week has been great -- back to my workouts, back to my training runs, back to my normal food routine. 

We will probably be up a little later tonight because we need to clean the apartment and do laundry after we go to the gym. My brother-in-law is coming in town for Easter this weekend! 

It's been a fast, jam packed week already. And I haven't had a cup of coffee yet!

I'm not a big coffee drinker, myself, but I know that a lot of my readers enjoy their daily cup(s) of joe. A couple of my best friends are what I would call coffee addicts. I think it's a topic worth discussing.

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I'm a morning person. I'm a type A get-stuff-done person. I'm also a let's hang out at a coffee shop instead of happy hour person. 

Personally, I do not need coffee to get my day started. If I get enough sleep, I have plenty of energy and motivation to get my butt out of bed and start accomplishing things. I generally prefer sipping on herbal tea in the afternoon, but on special occasions I will treat myself to an almond milk latte. 

I'm not healthfully against coffee. My husband drinks a cup almost every day, but it really doesn't affect him. He could drink a cup and go right to sleep. As a person who tends to lean towards the frazzled/anxious side, I don't need the extra stimulation. 

In my research, I have found that there are a number of studies that show that coffee can be really good for giving you an extra boost to power your workouts. It's also been known to help prevent a number of different types of cancer. 

But I also don't think it's weight loss' best friend. While caffeine is known to increase your metabolism, allowing you to burn a nominal number of extra calories that day, it has also been known to boost cortisol (aka stress hormone) levels which have been linked to weight gain. 

When you wake up in the morning, your body naturally produces cortisol, so you really shouldn't need the extra boost. Forbes suggests drinking when your body is not already naturally producing cortisol, saying that a mid morning and mid afternoon coffee break might be the best timing for coffee.

Considerations

While the American Medical Association Council doesn't consider moderate consumption (2-3 cups a day) of coffee to likely be harmful to your health, you may want to limit your intake if:

  • You are prone to stress, anxiety, or sleep problems.
  • You are pregnant
  • You have trouble with stomach ulcers or acid reflux
  • You have high blood pressure
  • You have fast or irregular heart patterns
  • You have chronic headaches or migraines

As with most things, the key is moderation. For me, that means less than 1 cup a week. For others, it may mean something different. The key is knowing and understanding how your body responds to the caffeine.

Question of the day:

What's your opinion on caffeine/coffee? Do you drink coffee every day?