What Your Body Looks Like on Coffee

Science says that the health perks of coffee are real. So here's permission to let your coffee-loving flag fly.

Every week, or so it seems, a new study finds that regular coffee sippers don't just potentially live longer but may also be sharper, happier, and more likely to enjoy their workouts.

No wonder the federal Dietary Guidelines weighed in on coffee for the first time in the report's history in January. The verdict: up to 5 cups a day can jibe with a healthy diet, as long as we don't get crazy with the cream and sugar. The panel pointed out that the brew isn't associated with an increased risk of major chronic diseases, and — even better — scientists increasingly suspect that coffee may actually help protect against some biggies.

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For all the coffee drinkers, here is an example of what your body may look like on coffee:

8:00 A.M. Morning coffee run. Large, please!

8:01 A.M. Already feeling more human? The coffee aroma alone may be enough to rouse a sleepy brain.

8:15 A.M. Your heart rate's picked up — and higher levels of adrenaline and dopamine may add pep to your step.

9:00 A.M. Tick through your to-do list! Caffeine's effects peak 45 minutes or so after those first gulps.

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11:00 A.M. Ladies' room. Half the original caffeine may have already been metabolized and departs when you pee.

4:00 P.M. Feeling residual rev? Some 15 to 20 percent of the stimulating stuff may still be kicking around.

This story originally appeared in the April 2016 issue of Dr. Oz The Good Life.

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