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Infographic: How to drink coffee smarter

Coffee! (Photo: Getty)
Coffee! (Photo: Getty)

You’re drinking your coffee all wrong.

Yes, there are rules for this, especially if you want to make the most out of the caffeine kick for your work productivity levels.

For example, it’s not the best idea to drink it before 10am (it’s related to your circadian clock). Your cortisol levels peak three times a day, the first between 8am to 9am – so it makes sense to have your coffee when your cortisol levels naturally dip.

You’ll also be serving your memory best by drinking after a learning event, not before.

In need a power nap? Chuck down a coffee before your quick kip to wake up more refreshed than ever (coffee takes 20 to 30 minutes to take effect).

You’re also undermining the health benefits of coffee (which reduces the risk of heart disease, stroke, diabetes) by adding unnecessary fats and sugars from milk, cream or artificial sweeteners.

If you’re expecting a burst of creativity from your coffee, you’re looking in the wrong place – actually, it’s probably the cafe itself that’s giving you those eureka moments.

Picking conventional coffee over organic coffee probably isn’t the right move, either.

Here’s all that and more in an infographic by the Art of Wellbeing:

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