A Coffee Addicts Guide to Peak Performance
How many people do you know who can not go without their morning coffee? Or for some it just becomes second nature to grab a coffee in the morning before you sit down at your desk? Some even go out of their way to tell you how much they need a coffee in the mornings, or have bloodshot eyes in desperate need for their next caffeine hit.
It has become something very socially acceptable in modern society to have coffee incorporated in a normal day-to-day life. This poses the question, how is coffee different to any other drug present to the market? Most research points to the simple fact that it’s not addictive…
What is caffeine?
Caffeine releases adrenaline in the body, which the body stores with the intent to only use in a life or death situation. Extensive caffeine intake can lead to depleted adrenal glands which can cause a multitude of problems to a normal human. When you have a coffee in the morning, you are setting yourself up for a roller coaster effect on the reliance on this drug, leaving you wanting another in the afternoon.
Many peak performers eat whole foods, regulate sugar intake and opt for longer lasting energy sources. So why do so many people drink coffee if it has the same effect as eating sugar?
Maybe because there isn’t as much stigma around coffee for an aspiring academic as there is sugar, or the lower calorie impact than a handful of sweets?
Recently I have been testing out eliminating coffee from my system. I was a 1-2 per day coffee drinker, who sits at a desk. I realised I didn’t need the coffee, so I stopped. I have been without coffee for 2 weeks now and I feel great!
However, I had 1 coffee this morning to test out how much of a tolerance I had built up over the years. Even a weak coffee triggered off a firing brain and has now left me by after lunch with a want to have another. I intend to stay away from caffeine to repair my adrenal glands for as long as I need. (3-4months).
I don’t believe the answer is to completely cut out coffee. It’s a social celebration, a warm embrace with a friend, it amplifies life to another level. I am merely suggesting that it might help if we turn down the volume from time to time and let the natural wonders of life shine through… un-caffeinated.
I’ll let you know how I go, and I urge you to do the same.