Nothing appears more refreshing than a whiff of freshly brewed coffee. Be it after a long tiring day or over a conversation with a special someone, a cup of coffee has a place in the hearts of many. But did you know that coffee is not meant for all? Nutritionist Simrun Chopra has shared a video, emphasising three groups that should avoid coffee. First, if you have a slow metabolism, coffee may disrupt your sleep cycle. Second, if you experience anxiety or have a history of panic attacks, coffee can intensify that weird feeling. Third, if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, it’s advisable to steer clear. However, for others, coffee can serve as an excellent pre-workout option with various benefits, granted you stick to the recommended limit of 400 mg per day.
In the caption, Simrun Chopra discusses how every individual metabolises coffee differently. She writes, “Slow metabolisers are people who don’t process caffeine effectively. They get adversely affected like getting the jitters, get too alert or anxious for upto 9 hours after consumption. Fast metabolizers on the other hand get a boost of energy and are alter for a couple of hours.”
As per the nutritionist, slow metabolizers should consider cutting back or switching to decaf to avoid the downsides. Too much coffee might do more harm than good for them.
Simrun Chopra states that limited coffee consumption comes with perks like better memory, improved reaction time, and that delightful feeling of working less hard than you actually are. She recommends 1 to 2 cups a day. She said that, “There is much more to coffee like its relationship to our stress levels, serotonin levels, Alzheimer’s, and much more.”
Below are some tips on coffee intake:
1. Moderation is key: Limit your coffee intake to 1 to 2 cups a day, ideally not exceeding 3-5 mg per kg of body weight.
2. Watch the add-ons: Avoid loading it with milk, cream, or excessive sugar like a frappuccino, as these additions provide no real benefit.
3. Know your metabolism: If you’re a slow metabolizer, consider reducing consumption to 1 cup a day, preferably in the morning.
4. Strategic timing: Consume coffee when you genuinely need it, avoiding unnecessary intake.
5. Separate coffee from meals: Refrain from having caffeinated beverages with food, as they may hinder the absorption of specific vitamins and minerals.
6. Pre-workout precision: If using it as a pre-workout boost, have it 30 to 60 minutes before exercise. Caffeine blood levels peak 60 minutes post-consumption, with noticeable effects within 30 minutes.
So follow these tips and enjoy your coffee without compromising your health.