Coffee/caffeine for runners?


I believe the jury has reached a verdict… Coffee beans are good for you.

The coffee debate is not unlike the argument of whether to eat eggs or not. “Experts” have claimed that coffee is bad for you. Then… No, no it’s good for you!

Here’s the good and bad:

The Good:

•Caffeine releases fatty acids into the blood stream, thus saving the all important glycogen to be used by muscles while running.

•It’s a known stimulant giving athletes a psychological bulster because caffeine helps workouts and races “feel” easier.

•Coffee has antioxidants that may fight free radicals caused by heavy exertion and exercising.

The bad:

•Dosing can be tricky do to body weight and unique physiological interactions.

•Caffeine has been known to be very acidic and can cause gastrointestinal disruptions.

•Some people get a gittery or “on edge”which can feel disconcerting.

With the current information about coffee/caffeine, we can say with some certainty that coffee isn’t bad for you when enjoyed in moderation, and maybe… it’s even GOOD for you. Bottoms up!


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