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Healthier Me: Best Time of the Day to Drink Coffee

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It's a morning routine we all know and love.  Get out of bed, turn on the coffee and then down your first cup. But, we may be doing this all wrong -- so we have a little update for you on what time is the best time to down our favorite caffeinated beverage.

Experts tell Smithsonian.com that there is an optimal time to drink your coffee -- between 9:30 and 11:30 in the morning.  Why? this is the period when the cortisol levels in your body start to fall.  Cortisol is related to stress and alertness.  

Experts believe coffee will have its biggest benefit in this window, when your cortisol levels are dropping, and when your body really needs it. Experts tell Smithsonian.com, that when your cortisol levels are naturally high, coffee will not have the same, or the maximum effect.

So, you may want to time your next cup of joe, with the next dip in your cortisol level -- and that may help you get the most out of your coffee break.


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