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Hi everyone, As a Nation, it has become a trend to head into our favourite coffee shop and grab a cup to take away, but is this impacting our health more than we realise? Here's a bit of information about caffeine and what it actually does to the body and mind, you might be surprised... The effects of too much caffeine: When we overindulge in any food or drink product, there is always going to be a consequence. Knowing how much you can have of something and the purpose it has to you, is something we need to understand and take into account. It is a stimulant and impacts our adenosine levels (your hormone which makes you tired.) The best time for caffeine: No one would natural think that there is a good time to drink coffee, but it’s time to think again! The best time is actually first thing in the morning, on an empty stomach. This means it doesn’t interfere with your body’s absorption of vitamins and minerals that you will get from your first meal. How does caffeine affect stress? If you are stressed and tired, the first thing people tend to grab is a hot cup of coffee to try and get you back on track and focused. Little do people realise, that this will actually have the opposite effect and rather than help aid stress and tiredness, it will heighten these levels. Hormonal effects: Latest studies have found that drinking caffeine when you are stressed, increases cortisol, blood pressure and other negative hormonal effects. Keep it natural: It’s common knowledge that any natural product is better than a processed one and this should be the same thought when thinking of caffeine. Recent studies have shown that natural caffeine found in plants doesn’t have the same effects as an instant cup of coffee. So before you think to grab a cup, try an alternative like green tea. Hope you enjoyed the read and found out some more information! Steve from 110% Health & Fitness