So here is your daily routine, you’re up at 6.30am and do a few press-ups, pull-ups and mountain climbers. An 8 minute abdominal circuit gives you a warm glow and you finish off with a stretch (you may substitute the body weight circuit for a run, cycle, 30 minute walk with your 9 month old baby and canine), shower / bath and then have some breakfast. As you know that you have a big day ahead, you reach for the multivitamin jar (oh no it’s empty!). Ah, but we do still have some of the effervescent Vitamin C tablets left, perfect! Drop one into your glass, add some water and then bottoms up once the fizzing stops. (Where is this going you may ask?)
Now, being that you’re human, you do have the daily instant coffee (3 cups per day), but now that you have taken your vitamin, should you still be ok to have your coffee fix?
Well as part of the vitamin C complex is ascorbic acid then drinking coffee will not help the fact that the ascorbic acid is making you calcium deficient. Ascorbic acid is not vitamin C, it is only part of the “C” complex and requires co-factors of the “C” complex to be utilized by the body. Did you know that if you were to take ascorbic acid with a coca cola, or other fizzy drink that uses Benzoate of Soda for a preservative, you will get BENZENE, that is high toxic and poisonous!
Coffee has caffeine in it that causes your adrenal glands to fire as a result of of an endocrine system process of high insulin spikes to high glucagon production. When this happens, you will be producing excess cortisol which as many of you know is present when our moods are low and affects amongst other things, muscle growth, are part due to the fact that your liver will not be making steroid hormones and instead makes cortisol, which in turn is creating the process of exhausting your adrenal glands. Coffee does have some redeeming qualities like the fact it contains rubidium that helps your thyroid hormones T4 to be converted to T3 hormones that is the active hormone that creates the energy.
We know that caffeine is a diuretic and does dehydrate the body. You need to consume 1½ times the amount of coffee you drink in water to compensate for the water loss created by caffeine.
So now when you wake up tomorrow morning, will you still have your coffee and vitamins together? Well if you have to, just take away one thing from this piece and leave at least 30 minutes between taking the vitamins and coffee (or tea!) to allow your body to get more maximal effects from the additional vitamin supplementation, else it will quite literally go down the toilet!