There’s lots of research proving coffee’s many health benefits. It can increase energy, improve focus, support heart health, boost your metabolism and balance blood sugar levels. They’re not bad results from a cup of coffee in the morning!
You’ll also have heard of the many health benefits of drinking enough water. We should all be aiming to drink between 6 – 8 glasses of water a day to support our body to function optimally. Even just a small dip in your hydration levels can cause physical side effects like headaches, tiredness and dizziness.
With both coffee and water offering such fantastic health benefits, it makes sense that enjoying them side by side can further support your health. Working long days at the office can take its toll, so staying hydrated is a simple way to stay energised and alert. We take a look at why having a glass of water alongside your cup of coffee is a helpful habit to adopt.
What to drink when you wake up?
For most of us, enjoying a cup of coffee when we wake up is a daily ritual to kickstart the morning. However, scientists suggest that before we hit the caffeine, to reach for a glass of water. It’s thought that our bodies can become dehydrated whilst we sleep overnight. A quick glass of water poured at room temperature quickly hydrates us and then we can happily go on to enjoy our tea or coffee.
Coffee is widely known to be acidic and whilst coffee’s acidity is fine for most people, it can aggravate certain health conditions. These conditions include acid reflux, gastric ulcers, and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Depending on a person’s health, it may help to drink water alongside coffee or either before or after to lessen the acidic effects. In some cases though, people may want to switch to decaf coffee, which is often less acidic and easier on the digestive system.
We all want a brighter, whiter smile and of course, drinking tea and coffee can stain your teeth. A great way to prevent this is to have a drink of water after your coffee. Not only will this help keep you better hydrated but it will also rinse the mouth and reduce staining on your teeth. Also, note that if you add milk to your coffee, it won’t stain as much as black coffee. And remember don’t brush your teeth immediately after coffee as it can damage tooth enamel. Rinsing just with water alone can help reset the pH levels in your mouth to actively protect your enamel.
Avoid a caffeine crash
Coffee undoubtedly gives us a quick caffeine hit but sometimes people experience a caffeine crash post coffee. Theobromine is a chemical in caffeine that starts working about half an hour after you drink coffee and can be the cause of the ‘crash’ you may get. Drinking water after, or during, your coffee helps lower this effect so that you can keep your energy levels up and stay productive.
In some places, your coffee may be served with a glass of water and this may make it taste better. Water is used to cleanse your palette. Cleansing the palate is basically resetting your taste buds so you can experience the true flavours of what you’re eating or drinking. Drinking sparkling water is even better than still water as the bubbles leave your mouth feeling extra refreshed.
Coffee and water for the office
If you’re thinking about getting a premium bean-to-cup coffee machine that pours the perfect coffee every time, look no further. We have a wide range of machines to suit every office size, budget and unique requirements. We’ve also got you and your colleagues covered if you’re looking for refreshingly good water for the office. Choose from our undercounter water taps that pour filtered ambient, cold, hot, still and sparkling water.
Simply contact our team if you have any queries and we’d be delighted to help.