What do coffee, tea, and dark chocolate have in common besides a luscious brown color? All of them have their respective health benefits. Among these are weight loss, reduced stress, happier mood, and decreased risks for type 2 diabetes, heart disease, cancer, and neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. Oh, and they also contain caffeine, which is great for staying awake and alert on a busy day.
Caffeine may be your best friend at work, but it’s bad for your immunity. While it has no direct effect on the immune system, too much caffeine can deprive you of sleep. Studies have shown that lack of quality sleep weakens the immune system, leaving you more prone to catching a virus or some other infection. Not getting enough sleep also prevents the body from recovering quickly when you’re ill.
To ensure a restful night’s sleep, stay away from caffeinated foods and beverages 6 hours before going to bed. Eat foods that promote sleep instead like milk, cherries, banana, sweet potato, walnuts, almonds, lettuce, tuna, and turkey at least 1 hour before bedtime. Remember to limit your portions to avoid indigestion.