The Checkup: This Is Exactly When to Drink Coffee to Get the Most Out of It

And more healthy reads for your morning.




• Between 9 a.m. and noon: That’s when science says you should reach for your first cup of coffee to get the most bang for your buck. You see, our cortisol levels — which naturally keep us alert — peak between 8 and 9 a.m., and coffee dulls that cortisol response. When you really need caffeine is after that, so wait until around 9:15 to down your La Colombe fix. You. Can. Do. It. [Refinery29]

• Be happy this didn’t happen to you while you were chowing down on your farmers’ market finds this week: A woman in Connecticut was just minding her own business, eating some grapes, when a black widow spider crawled out of the recently-purchased bag of grapes and bit her. [Yahoo Health]

• Here, 21 totally legitimate reasons to curl up under your desk today for a midday nap. [Men’s Health]

• Currently writing down on my to-do list: Go to to CVS, stat. Because this is how much not flossing on the regular can end up costing you in the long run. [Women’s Health]

• It takes a whopping 11 steps to complete just one rep of this full-body exercise. But all those steps are totally worth it — trust us. [Outside Magazine]

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