Coffee and fitness
Should you be drinking that cup of coffee, you read it’s bad for you – too much caffeine, then it good for you. Well here are a few facts I’ve collected along the way.
- Coffee has a proven positive impact on our psycho-active responses such as being alert and happy.
- Recent studies that showed two cups of coffee a day may reduce the risk of Parkinson’s disease, also reported that higher levels of intake could begin to work against you.
- For endurance athletes, coffee has been known to mobilise fat stores which will, in turn, delay the depletion of muscle glycogen.
- Coffee is full of antioxidants, which help against ageing and cell damage.
- Recent studies showed that coffee reduced the risk of liver cancer by 50% and it has been said that regular and moderate consumption of coffee has been found to reduce the risk of Parkinson’s disease, gallstones, kidney stones and type 2 diabetes.
But as with everything there is always a down side.
- Coffee is still thought to be a cause for increased risk of cardiovascular disease.
- Coffee temporarily raises blood pressure, therefore anyone suffering from chronic hypertension should be careful regarding the quantities they consume.
- Coffee may increase the levels of homocysteines in the blood which is a risk factor for stroke and peripheral disease.
- Coffee is a diuretic and too much results in a drop in energy and headaches due to dehydration resulting dehydration that many coffee drinkers suffer brings on an energy drop and headaches.
So still drink that cup if you enjoy it but try :
- Drinking glass of water with/after having a coffee to minimise the risk of dehydration and maybe limit it to one cup per day or remove from your diet completely if you are highly stressed or have sleeping problems. Certainly try avoiding coffee after lunchtime.
- Limit your intake to 1-2 cups if you suffer from high blood pressure.
- Spread out your intake to sustain alertness, don’t have two with breakfast, have the other one around lunchtime.
As a personal trainer I get asked lots of questions about food and diet, one of the first ones to be asked is usually the question about coffee. As you can see there are some arguments for it and against it but as with everything, moderation is key to success. So enjoy your coffee and keep it as that early morning treat, Just don’t rely on it for your energy during the day. If you are finding yourself excessively tired then address the route of the problem.
At Leigh Carter Personal Training Milton Keynes we offer advice on all areas of your health and fitness, our focus is always on keeping you healthy, strong and happy.