How Much Caffeine is Too Much?
Most of us can’t get out of bed without the thought of a morning coffee. Some of us brew a whole pot at home, some of us use single-cup servers, and some of us spend over $5 a day on a fancy Starbuck coffee cocktail. Whatever your poison, the coffee industry had taken the world by storm and has implemented a daily ritual in many of our homes. It’s even common to drink one cup at home before work, one when we get to work, and one mid day just to keep up running throughout the day! There’s no doubt that it’s tough to get through a day without it, especially when the caffeine practically runs in your blood! But how much is TOO much? What happens when we drink to much coffee? Keep reading!
As a general rule, 400mg of caffeine per day is the healthy limit. That’s about 4 cups of normal-strength coffee. Some people need much less to start to feel jittery, and others need over that recommended 400mg to even “function” throughout the day. It’s important to remember that coffee is not the only caffeine source in our lives. Tea, energy drinks, chocolate, and even some medications can have caffeine in them and can impact your daily recommended dosage. Because coffee is a stimulant, it can cause many side effects when consumed in excess, such as jitters, tremors, fast heartbeat, irritability, insomnia, stomach issues, and dry mouth. Finding your body’s perfect amount of caffeine may take some trial and error, but at the end of the day, you know what feels right for your own body. Don’t misconceive caffeine (from coffee especially) as a bad thing! There are even some studies that suggest coffee lovers live longer! It’s all about finding the balance.
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