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Run Caffeine, Run

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Coffee is a beverage consumed worldwide everyday. Some drink it in the mornings before work, while others may drink it at 2:30 to get an extra boost to finish the day. I was surprised over the weekend when a friend posted on Facebook they actually time their coffee consumption to help boost…{drum roll, please!} their athletic performance!

Coffee is known to help with diseases like Alzheimer’s because it boosts brain activity but how does it help boost athletic performance? This brain activity also makes you feel less sensitive to being tired, thus making you run farther. The trick is to time it right by drinking your coffee about an hour before your event. Coffee actually does not dehydrate you either. It is important to drink water or drinks with electrolytes during your activity just like normal. And it doesn’t stop there. This same caffeine can help with post activity recovery too.

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So what do you ya say? Maybe that morning coffee is for running! Just another way coffee can help you to get things done. Everything from waking up, to doing chores or work, to even getting off the couch and running farther than you expected. {Again…I am no doctor and as always, please check with your doctor before changing your routine!} Just be careful because about 8 cups of coffee prior to an event can cause you to fail an Olympic drug test!

Ok athletes out there…would you incorporate a cup of your favorite joe into your routine?

 

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Why Isn’t My Coffee Working?!

Some days my coffee gives me the boost I need and some days it’s like I haven’t had a cup all day!  Have you ever felt like the coffee you just drank wasn’t working? Of course we had to investigate and found that our bodies are naturally caffeinated at certain times of the day.  Therefore, coffee will have diminished results if drank during these periods of times.

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So when is the best time to drink caffeine? It varies from person to person based on their routines, but on average there are about three times a day that the body is naturally caffeinated. In between these times also comes a drop in energy and is the perfect time for a coffee if you are feeling flat or tired. If you want your coffee or tea to give you a boost then make sure you have a cup between these times of the day:

  • 8:00-9:00 AM
  • 12:00-1:00 PM
  • 5:30-6:30 PM

So grab your favorite coffee with us at Coffee Rocket and be better prepared to face the busy day…but you might want to avoid drinking that coffee too late after 6:30 PM if you don’t want to be up all night.  Happy caffeinating! :)

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Hidden Facts About Caffeine

Offduty: Caffine DrinksBesides the taste of coffee {downright AMAZING if you find the right flavor!}, caffeine is the main reason why most people consume it. Caffeine is a natural stimulant that over 90% of the world uses daily.  It gives us the energy and attention span to get through even our stalest days. But did you know that caffeine is naturally produced in some 60 different plants? A substance that makes you less drowsy and happy…it works so well that the Olympic Committee has banned it in athletic use due to increasing an athlete’s endurance.

Caffeine is found in coffee beans, tea leaves, guarana, etc. Many beverages come from these plants such as coffee, tea, and many energy drinks on the market today.  An average person feels the caffeine kick in about 15 to 20 minutes after having it and the kick usually lasts around three hours. Ever hear “you can never get too much of a good thing”? Too much caffeine can be lethal {about 100 cups of coffee in four hours}.

According to some studies, America consumes about 200 mg of caffeine per day but Finland takes the cake with an average 400 mg per person per day. A cup of coffee can contain anywhere from 95 to 200 mg of coffee and a caffeinated soda contains only around 30 mg.

Coffee has various amount of caffeine depending on what type of coffee you get. It is a common misconception to think dark roast has the most caffeine and that decaf coffee has none.  The light roast coffee actually has the highest caffeine content and decaf coffee actually has about 10 mg of caffeine in it!

Whatever the reason you enjoy coffee, we hope that it helps you find your moment, just for you. :)