The time of day when coffee makes the most difference (and it's not morning)

Whether or not a coffee grower, almost nobody likes to get up early. Obviously because if you go to bed late, the next day you will find yourself drowsy and tired. Therefore, many turn to the coffee cup as relief in front of those lazy mornings in which the sheets stick and you have trouble getting out of bed.

Spain is one of the most consumed countries in the world: up to 4.5 kilos per capita per year, according to the data of 'Agrifood'. This is much less than half of what is consumed in some countries such as Finland, Norway or Iceland, and far beyond others such as Brazil or Italy. Another study, carried out by the Cafés Novell company, ensures that 87% of the Spanish population between 18 and 64 years of age takes it, and 70% do it daily. The average is at 2.2 cups a day and his favorite place is at home (61%) and work (21%). Finally, 76% take it for breakfast and another 61% after eating.

If you wait after eating for your first cup, your cortisol levels will be very high, which limits its effectiveness

Surely many times, even if you eat this euphoric drink, you do not notice the effects. You may attribute it to the fact that you are already so used to consuming it that it does not affect you. But in reality this is not the main reason. A macro-study published in the 'Annual Review of Nutrition' based on others 127 studies, concludes that to drink coffee when the central neurological system (CNS) is already releasing a lot of cortisol limits its positive effects, since it is already "connected"So, if you ingest it at certain times, it will not do you any good because if you already have high cortisol levels, The only thing you will do is earn yourself a lot more additional stress.

On the other hand, if you drink coffee when the cortisol levels are low, the state of mind softens and the energy level rises so you can perform more tasks, without causing nervousness. The study takes on average a person who gets up at six thirty in the morning. For this group of people who wake up between six thirty and seven, Cortisol levels will peak between 8 and 9 in the morning, the 1 of the noon and of 5:30 to 6:30. These are the hours when you should not drink coffee.

Coffee is beneficial because it fills your body with natural antioxidants, repairs your DNA and calms inflammation related to stress

If that's not your time to open your eyes, Do not worry: just calculate the difference in hours after you wake up to know exactly when you should not drink coffee. For example, if you get up a little later, either at eight to nine o'clock, the logical thing is that your time for Do not ingest caffeine, be it from ten in the morning to eleven. In the afternoon, it will be necessary to advance one hour and a half more, until two thirty. And the strip in which you should not take it in the middle of the afternoon, obviously, would be seven to eight.

"Because hecortisol levels begin to increase the moment you get out of bed, If you drink your first cup of coffee at breakfast or while you are on your way to work, you are not getting the necessary benefits and you may be generating unnecessary stress, "they say. Steven L. Miller, expert neuroscientist, to 'Inc'. "Likewise, if you wait after eating for your first dose, your cortisol levels will be very high, which limits its effectiveness."

If you wake up too late, forget about taking in the afternoon. Although cortisol descends during evening hours, Caffeine can remain in your nervous system for up to 12 hours after taking it, which can cause insomnia or sleep-related problems. And let's not take it at night; Unless you have a very important delivery the next day and want to stay awake, the best thing is that if you adore it, you can go to decaffeinated.

"Therefore, the best time of day for a person to average (that is, neither the early birds nor the owls) to take caffeine is from nine thirty in the morning to eleven thirty ", concludes Miller. Although the risks that coffee may have for health are always at the center of the debate, the study also certifies that if you use it well you can see a 20% reduction in the risk of suffering from some type of cancer, 5% less chance of suffering from heart disease or 30% less to get type 2 diabetes.

"The benefits of coffee are because it fills your body with natural antioxidants, repair your DNA, calm inflammation related to stress and it improves the efficiency of the enzymes that regulate insulin and glucose, "recalls Miller in" Inc. "" It is not surprising that coffee drinkers have a much higher average life expectancy than those who abstain. "