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  • Is it bad to drink coffee after a workout?

    I read something about drinking coffee after a workout raising cortisol. Ideally you should drink it before a workout but I workout at 5 am so this isn't really possible for me. Will drinking coffee after derail all my efforts? Thanks.

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    Stressing over what to drink after a workout likely raises cortisol more than the drink itself.

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    • #3
      There was actually a study quoted in Runner's World a couple years back that showed that caffeine seemed to increase recovery after a run. I don't know how that relates to other exercise, but I would guess that a cup of coffee is no biggie. Also, exercise itself slightly raises cortisol -- that's why we do it, as a controlled stress to the body. Cortisol qua cortisol isn't bad; what's bad is the constant, chronic release due to low-grade stress being a constant in our lives these days, rather than having large stretches of rest punctuated by the occasional predator from which to flee or tasty prey to chase.

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      • #4
        Ok so maybe if I limit my caffeine to the morning it won't matter too much. Thanks

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        • #5
          Why even drink it, exercise does enough to wake me up. I mean, if it's for "pick me up" purposes that you drink the coffee.
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          • #6
            I only have one cup a day to treat myself

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            • #7
              Purely anecdotal, but I find a cup of tea (green or black) after makes a difference for my recovery.
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              • #8
                Drinking coffee will raise your cortisol levels. If you are trying to avoiding raising your cortisol levels do not drink coffee. If you don't care because you like coffee drink coffee.

                Or you can have you cake and eat it to by drinking a naturally decaffinated brand of coffee thereby maintaining the ritual without the side effects of caffeine!
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by john_e_turner_ii View Post
                  Stressing over what to drink after a workout likely raises cortisol more than the drink itself.
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by TheFastCat View Post
                    Drinking coffee will raise your cortisol levels. If you are trying to avoiding raising your cortisol levels do not drink coffee. If you don't care because you like coffee drink coffee.

                    Or you can have you cake and eat it to by drinking a naturally decaffinated brand of coffee thereby maintaining the ritual without the side effects of caffeine!
                    Yeah, but all the crap the use to remove the caffein is certainly non-paleo....
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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Owly View Post
                      Purely anecdotal, but I find a cup of tea (green or black) after makes a difference for my recovery.
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                      • #12
                        If you like it, drink it. Like the others have said, stressing over what to drink will do more damage.
                        Georgette

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Thor Falk View Post
                          Yeah, but all the crap the use to remove the caffein is certainly non-paleo....
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                          • #14
                            i dont think so because coffee is good for dieting.

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                            • #15
                              This is bad, because the caffeine in coffee will soon disappear after a crash. Try taking B complex supplement, their symptoms of fatigue and coffee, it is worse as time goes on, whether you drink coffee after the PEP. You may need to focus on what you eat, your body. Natural foods such as fruits and vegetables will give your body what it needs, whole grains, your energy needs of complex carbohydrates. Caffeine is a drug, if you are trying to be healthy, should not be taken.

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