Millions of us wake up every morning just to get that first jolt of caffeine. Caffeine is the most commonly used stimulant in the world. It’s cheap and easily accessible — available in both natural sources, like coffee, tea and cocoa, and as an additive in sodas, energy drinks, over-the-counter drugs, a number of foods and some surprising other products. 90% of Americans consume caffeine daily. If you have a desk job, chances are you make a few trips to the break room for a caffeinated beverage every day to get through the day.
While numerous studies suggest there are health benefits from caffeine (or caffeinated coffee), there can also be risks, especially when consuming too much.
Are you one of the millions that is suffering from a caffeine overdose?
Because caffeine can stay in your system for four to six hours (and potentially even longer for some people), it’s easy to overdo it at times and feel jittery, sick and anxious — all signs of caffeine overdose.
So how much caffeine is safe to consume daily?
It’s difficult to assign an exact amount for everyone because people can have different sensitivities or reactions to caffeine based on age, medical history, and tolerance
Caffeine Amounts for Healthy Adults
For healthy adults with no medical issues, it is generally agreed upon that 200-300mg of caffeine can be consumed daily without any adverse effects.
The Bottom Line
Light-to-moderate caffeine intake seems to provide impressive health benefits in many people.
On the other hand, very high dosages may lead to side effects that interfere with day-to-day living and might even cause serious health issues.
Although responses vary from person to person, the effects of high intake demonstrate that more isn’t necessarily better.
To get the benefits of caffeine without undesirable effects, conduct an honest assessment of your sleep, energy levels and other factors that might be affected, and reduce your intake if needed.
Are you an ‘over consumer’ of caffeine? Leave a comment below, & lets us know your thoughts.
Denise & Emily