Let me start by saying this is not a story about why coffee is bad for you. Quite the opposite.
This is a story about how to best capitalise on its benefits.
Coffee can be the healthiest thing you consume all day. First and foremost because caffeine is an anti-inflammatory, and inflammation is linked to pretty much every disease that can kill you. It’s also in general one of the smartest, least expensive ways to promote weight loss, it helps you feel energised and boosts your mood.
But when you drink it matters more than you might think…
Scientists have discovered that consuming caffeine during peak-cortisol production – which happens to be between 8 and 9am, when our circadian rhythm is programmed to wake us up – greatly diminishes its impact and increases our ongoing tolerance… meaning the next cup has less of an impact too.
But of course, by habit or otherwise, most of us still rely on a hop cuppa something to feel refreshed first thing and ready to take on the day.
The answer? Start your morning with a green tea.
Eight ounces of green tea contains about 35 mg of caffeine, which is a pretty small dose. Specifically, about half the amount of caffeine found in regular, black tea and between a third to a sixth less than the average cup of coffee.
Added to the fact that it basically gives you super powers, it really is the best thing you can start your day with. About a third of it by weight is polyphenols which in turn are made up of natural antioxidants that reduce inflammation and help fight cancer.
I also find it gets me into the right mindset. There’s just something uniquely smug about starting your day with the healthiest drink on the planet.
Oh and I drink mine with ginger, as I find it can be a little bitter first thing in the morning. You can pretty much get it combined with any flavour, so no excuses!