Caffeine is a delicious stimulant found in coffee & other beverages (like tea, energy drinks, & pre-workout). It elevates heart rate, increases focus & alertness, and may cause (temporary) changes to blood pressure, blood sugar levels, mood, and hormone levels.
Coffee is actually the most commonly consumed beverage (water being the most popular). Caffeine typically stays in the system 4-6 hours, but how long it takes to metabolize may vary person-to-person. Know that person that can chug coffee late in the day with no issue? We can be a ‘fast’ or ‘slow’ metabolizer.
Caffeine is metabolized by a gene in the liver known as CYP1A2. If we carry copies of this gene, our ability to process caffeine is slightly compromised, so we’re more sensitive to caffeine & it lingers a little longer in the system vs someone who’s a fast metabolizer.
To add a layer to the onion, you can also be a fast or slow metabolizer of catecholamine hormones in the body (which include dopamine, epinephrine, and norepinephrine). COMT (catechol-O-methyltransferase) is one of the genes that deals with the metabolism of these hormones.
Caffeine is badass, but it should NEVER be a replacement for sleep. It’s TOTALLY ok to drink a lil caffeine to elevate our awesome, but if we’re scamming caffeine to make up for the fact that we don’t go to bed at night, the long-term picture won’t be pretty. Also important to smartly & sparingly use caffeine as it may impact hormone levels since it impacts adrenal glands & their production of epinephrine/norepinephrine.
How to Caffeinate Like a Champ?
⚡️Keep intake to sub 200mg a day or so
⚡️Avoid sugary additions and empty calories
⚡️Consider avoiding caffeine after 12 pm so sleep isn’t negatively affected
⚡️If you feel like you “need” caffeine to getcha hyped for a workout, lol (I hear better mental game & sleeping more hours at night is a great alternative, too)
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