EXPERTS revealed the five things you should do before you reach for that much-needed morning coffee.
Nutritionist Gabi of The Fast 800 said delaying your early caffeine rush could boost your energy levels and improve your overall health.
“Supporting your morning coffee routine with some smart exercises can have a positive impact on your overall well-being,” she added.
The health guru claimed that consuming the drink on an empty stomach can put your body into high-stress mode.
It can then release hormones like adrenaline and cortisol, which can produce an overstimulated response.
Thankfully, there are five ways to counteract this.
First, Gabi advised people to drink plenty of water before sipping a cup of coffee.
Ideally, this should be room temperature — and adding a squeeze of lemon might aid digestion, she added.
The second tip is to start the day with a meal full of fiber and protein to help balance your blood sugar levels.
“Elevated blood sugar can trigger inflammation and leave us on a blood sugar roller coaster for the rest of the day, depleting our energy reserves,” Gabi said.
She suggested eating chia pudding or a bowl full of veggies and fruits for breakfast.
Despite the risks, some people drink coffee before hitting the gym because it makes the workout feel less strenuous.
However, experts claim that it could induce anxiety and make you tremble during exercise.
Nutritionist Gabi advised people to do some physical activity before drinking coffee and make it a “post-gym indulgence.”
She said, “Within the first hour of waking, ideally, our cortisol levels rise and fall acutely in a response known as our cortisol awakening response.”
“This rise and fall in cortisol represents a healthy nervous system and actually has a major impact on the health of our immune system and even the risk of autoimmune development.”
Delaying caffeine consumption by at least 90 minutes promotes high energy levels throughout the day, Gabi said.
But she acknowledges how difficult it is to avoid cravings first thing in the morning.
Luckily there is an alternative.
“Exposing yourself to natural light for the first hour after you wake up is a great way to support optimal hormone balance,” Gabi said.
“Morning light exposure is an important regulator of circadian rhythms, and morning light exposure triggers the healthy release of cortisol to support the body’s natural rhythm.”
Gabi’s advice follows a separate expert opinion stating that drinking coffee might give you a boost in the bedroom.
According to scientists, caffeine and nitric oxide relax and dilate your blood vessels, encouraging blood flow to the penis.
According to reports, this can reduce your risk of erectile dysfunction.
Meanwhile, scientists have discovered how a splash of milk can add a healthy kick to your coffee.
Proteins from milk can bind to the antioxidants and help the body absorb more of them.
Laboratory experiments at the University of Copenhagen showed that this doubled the effectiveness of the polyphenols contained in coffee.