Around 2.25 billion cups of coffee are consumed by people all over the world each and every day! But coffee does so much more than just keeping you awake, it stimulates the central nervous system stimulant that affects your body in numerous ways.
With so many people reaching for coffee every day, we decided to show you what exactly happens to your body from 0 minutes to 6 hours after drinking this brewed beverage.
With a single sip of coffee, you allow caffeine to enter your bloodstream which causes an instant spike in heart rate, blood pressure, and energy.
At this moment, your brain slowly gets pumped up with a ‘really good’ feeling as coffee begins affecting your adenosine levels. Thus you will feel your mood change transform into perkier, fresher and more awake than before. This is because caffeine allows the brain’s stimulants, dopamine and glutamine, to release their neurotransmitters.
This has also been shown to improve decision-making skills and prevent exhaustion.
30 minutes after you have enjoyed your favourite beverage, your body starts producing adrenaline, which increases energy production. It also causes your air passage to dilate and increase blood flow to muscles.
It’s for this reason that athletes tend to consume coffee as a pre-workout aid; it helps them perform better in the gym and focus harder on the workouts they engage in.
You will notice that your mood feels more elated because the brain becomes more sensitive to serotonin – a neurotransmitter responsible for mood regulation. Serotonin is in charge of improving motor functions which in turn increases muscle strength.
As a bonus benefit, caffeine also begins to promote the secretion of of stomach acid which encourages your body to burn calories, even if you remain sedentary.
One hour after the consumption of coffee, you will notice a lowering in anxiety levels. This can be attributed to caffeine’s function of increasing your dopamine levels, which brings with it feelings of happiness. It is no wonder that so many people are addicted to coffee!
This is when the effects of coffee begin to wane and three hours after drinking a cup of coffee, you will notice your energy levels diminishing.
6 hours after consumption you’ve consumed your cup of joe, your body is still hard at work processing it! Caffeine begins to function as a diuretic at this time, encouraging the kidneys to produce urine and remove toxins from the body.
In addition to encouraging urination, after six hours, a cup of coffee can also affect your body’s calcium levels. As coffee is an acidic beverage, you should consume more water at this point to prevent becoming dehydrated.