There is nothing better than starting your day with the delicious aroma of fresh brewed coffee. You wake up, feeling a little groggy, and like a zombie you drag your body to the kitchen and pour yourself a cup a Joe, ready to feel energized. And usually you do. But what happens when, instead of feeling more awake, you end up feeling more tired than before? Here’s a breakdown of what’s making your morning pick-me-up drag you down, and how to fix it!
Problem: Coffee dehydrates you. Caffeine is a natural diuretic, meaning it flushes water out of your body, leaving you dehydrated. On top of that, caffeine also works as a vasoconstrictor, causing narrowing of the blood vessels and slowing down the rate of blood flow. This combined effect means less oxygen in the blood, and as a result, less energy. In fact, a 2009 study found that caffeine use reduced cerebral blood flow by 27%, potentially reducing cognitive function!
Solution: Drink more water! Aim to drink 16-24oz of water per cup of coffee a day. That works out to about 2-3 extra cups of water for every cup of coffee you drink. Also, try to limit the amount of coffee you drink to a maximum of 2-4 cups (400 milligrams of caffeine) daily. Try chugging some water before you drink your coffee to help you feel hydrated and instantly more energized!
Problem: Coffee restricts the uptake of adenosine. Adenosine is a compound in the body that helps to calm your nervous system, and, as it builds up through the day, causes you to slow down and go to bed. But caffeine, sly guy that it is, can plug itself into adenosine receptors, blocking adenosine from doing its job. The result: the caffeine jolt we crave. The problem with this is that it forces our adrenal system to go into overdrive pumping out adrenaline, and ultimately causing us to feel burnt out and fatigued.
Solution: Add a healthy fat to your morning java. Healthy fats like coconut milk, MCT oil, grassfed butter and cacao butter work by binding to caffeine, to slow down the uptake of caffeine in your body—meaning no 3pm crash. And, by starting off your morning with just coffee and fat, you’re also putting your body into ketosis, allowing those fatty acids to eventually become adenosine triphosphate (ATP), providing you with extra energy!
Problem: Your coffee drink has too much sugar. This might go without saying (but we’ll say it anyway): if you drink your coffee with sweetener, it might be a good time to ditch it. Sugar, especially in its refined state, is notoriously bad for our health. Its consumption is linked from everything to metabolic syndrome and type 2 diabetes, to fatigue, hormonal imbalances and weight gain.
Solution: Give your sugar a sweet good-bye. Try drinking your coffee without any sweetener, and really learn to appreciate the nuanced flavor of your coffee beans. You might be surprised at how your palate adapts! If black coffee is not your thing, try a healthier sweetener, like stevia or monk fruit in place of table sugar, so you’re not dealing with the spike and crash of your blood sugar.
It might take some playing around to find out how best to get coffee to serve you—and remember, some people may just feel better drinking decaf. But if life without coffee is not worth living (we feel ya) then try these tips and see if they get your morning buzz back on track!
-Simple Sciences Juices is an organic juice bar with locations in Omaha, Nebraska; Kansas City, Missouri and Overland Park, Kansas. We aim to provide the highest quality organic cold pressed juices along with gluten free, dairy free, vegan, vegetarian and paleo foods.-