How to Supercharge Your Coffee and Your Productivity
So almost everyone I know drinks coffee or a caffeine containing beverage daily, and many drink it in the morning to get started and again in the afternoon, usually after lunch, to keep the intensity and productivity flowing. And yet some drink it later to get motivated to work out, or take a pre-workout product which contains caffeine and/or other stimulants.
So lets start with some quick facts. Caffeine in coffee takes about 45-60 to peak in the bloodstream and lasts about 2-2.5 hours, then it tapers off drastically, usually leading to a “crash” effect. So lets say you drank coffee at 7 am, you will probably end up feeling the effects leaving your system around 12 pm and if you eat lunch you might get sleepy also. Second cup on the way!!! But is it going to carry me over to my work-out after work, or am I going to be to wound up and no go to sleep later, wait now that I drank it I feel edgy and foggy, not really clear and focused. What do I do now, how do I make it last longer?
Having been in the nutritional business for 30 years, this is a common complaint from many clients, and these are some of the nutritional ideas to enhance the biochemistry of your coffee and extend its effectiveness.
Guys, coffee is a diuretic, and to boot most people don’t drink enough water as it is, so make sure you drink plenty of water about 50% your body weight in ounces (i.e. I weigh 200 lbs so about 100 oz a day). Not being sufficiently hydrated will not allow the caffeine to have its maximum effect and work its magic. I recommend to drink water that is enhanced with Electrolytes whenever possible, like Smart Water, Essential Alkaline Water, Core Hydration, and for those that need flavor, Vitamin Water Zero (I’m smitten with the Lemonade and the Kiwi Strawberry) This will enhance and sustain your energy levels as well as keep your brain fueled, and functioning.
Avoid sugar as much as possible!! This will really have an adverse affect on energy at the cellular and hormonal level, and contribute to the agitation, moodiness and brain fog. Those fake sweeteners, also pure garbage, have been associated with impaired immune functions. So, I know a lot of people are not used to Stevia, I like Sweet Leaf liquid that comes in different flavors, but please try to use this instead, it will help lower blood sugar and blood pressure, and will also help keep your body from storing fat due to insulin spikes you get from sugar!! *Note: Sugar is Cancer’s favorite friend…
Sleep!! Whenever possible or feasible try to get at least 5-6 hours nightly, “at least”. It also depends, if you fall asleep quickly and sleep deeply, you can get away with less sleep, but I don’t recommend less than 5 or 6 on a regular basis. But then again, the lack of sleep is why we drink coffee!! I know, I know, that’s why we are reading this right?
I try to use Organic coffee, and organic everything else whenever possible and whenever feasible. Let’s be honest, with how hectic our lives can be with school, work, kids, business, sports and other activities, reality can easily overshadow the ideal scenario. Also, not to mention the costs associated, but if you are going to spend money at an expensive coffee shop because of convenience, you may want to weigh out the cost/benefit differential with the organic route whenever feasible. Besides a lot of coffee beans have pesticides and other chemicals in them.
Finally, you may have heard of Bullet Coffee, made from mold free coffee beans and Coconut oil and organic butter. Turns out that this combo is excellent for the Keto-Diet, and the fats help time release the caffeine and give sustained energy levels without spiking insulin.
I like to use 2 squares of Lindt 90% Dark Chocolate in my coffee, with a 2 tablespoons of Organic Valley Half and Half, add Sweet Leaf Stevia liquid, and my 2 Tablespoons of Organic Coffee from Publix, which I brew in my $20 Mr Coffee Maker. The results are extended energy and mental alertness from about 7am to 4pm. I love the taste and the effects.
Dark Chocolate has Theobromine, which is very similar to the Caffeine in coffee, but it enters the system much slower and stays longer. It also has about 11 grams of fat and about 2g of fiber, so it gives the same effect of the Bullet Coffee, so when you combine them, you get an extended release of energy without the crash of just the coffee.
Everybody’s body reacts differently, and we all have different tastes and likes so experiment and see what combination works best for you!!
President G8 Nutrition Inc.
- 6oz of Organic Almond Milk, or Horizons Organic Whole Milk
- 6oz of Organic Ice (JUST KIDDING)
- 1Tspn of organic instant decaf coffee, she’s only 11 years old.
- For me caffeine, 2 dropperfuls of liquid Stevia, or more depending on personal taste.
- Blend in blender or Magic Bullet.
*You can add 1 scoop of grass fed whey protein, either Vanilla or Choc, and it will become much creamier and thicker, or additionally becomes a Protein Snack.
*You might need to play with the amounts of liquid, coffee and ice to get your desired consistency and flavor. Great fun to drink through a straw.