Chock full of cognitive and other health benefits, don’t be afraid to indulge on that extra cup of coffee or tea during your work day.
Your Brain on Caffeine
When you’re at peak caffeination – you feel like you can conquer the world. While sipping your coffee, you may be increasing your productivity ten-fold while you protect yourself against Alzheimers.
A study conducted by Alzheimer Europe and the Institute for Scientific Information on Coffee found that 3 to 5 cups of coffee a day is the optimal amount to protect the brain form degenerative illnesses such as Alzheimer’s.
Caffeine improves reaction time, vigilance, and logical reasoning during extended periods with restricted opportunities for sleep
How It Effects the Body
The Journal of Applied Physiology states that athletes who consumed caffeine and carbs after strenuous exercise had 66% more glycogen in their muscles than athletes who just ingested carbs alone post workout.
Glycogen is essential as it is the fuel muscles use to function. Increasing glycogen levels after a hard workout will help assist in faster recovery and performance during the following day’s workout.
The Journal of Strength & Conditioning Research conducted a systematic review of 29 studies related to caffeine and athletic performance. They were trying to establish if caffeine prior to exercise acted as a performance aid. Here’s what the researchers concluded:
- 11 out of 17 studies showed caffeine ingestion yielded significant improvements in exercise performance.
- 6 out of 11 studies revealed benefits of caffeine use during resistance training.
- Some studies showed decreased performance when multiple workouts were completed one after the other. src.
Caffeine and Hydration
According to the Mayo Clinic, caffeinated can help with hydration and the drinks don’t cause any risk in dehydration, however drinking water throughout the day is still the best way to stay hydrated.