We admit it: coffee in the morning is the one thing we look forward to every day.
Not only does it make us feel ready to seize the day with energy, but visiting your favourite local coffee shop and picking up that to-go cup has become a ritual in itself.
So when we stumbled across news that morning is one of the worst times to drink coffee, it broke out caffeinated heart.
According to YouTube science channel ASAP Science, the high level of cortisol in our bodies early in the morning doesn’t take to caffeine too well.
For one, caffeine interferes with the body’s production of cortisol, a hormone that’s released in response to stress and low blood glucose. Secondly, it increases our tolerance to caffeine because it replaces the natural cortisol-induced boost instead of adding to it.
So, when is the best time to drink our poison of choice then?
The golden hours are between 10 a.m. and noon, and between 2 p.m. and 5 p.m.
Maybe it’s time to turn that decaf frown upside down – at least in the am.