When to Say No to The Extra Cup of Joe

Ever wonder why you can’t function in the morning without a latte? The mid-day crash effects us all in different ways. Whether you have a deadline to meet before work is over, need a jolt before your night workout, or simply need an afternoon pick-me-up, we consistently use caffeine as our crutch to save the day. What the population may not know are the harsh side effects our bodies face when we over consume caffeine. We’re not saying caffeine lovers can’t enjoy their morning cup of coffee, however, it becomes a problem when people start adding four, five, or six cups throughout the day. Science tells us exactly what it does to our bodies and what those extra doses of unwanted soda can do to our mental and physical state.

Have you ever noticed what your body does when you drink too much caffeine?  In “Your Body on Caffeine,” the article states, “the mild stimulant, yes it’s defined as a drug, can disrupt sleep and promote anxiety and depression” (1). However, gauging the amount that you drink is more important than eliminating caffeine entirely. The key to getting the most of your caffeine is having it in moderation. Although drinking too much caffeine has a negative impact on our bodies, we can still drink a normal amount and reap the benefits.

                  Keeping under a target daily dosage will help users benefit from their beverage rather than hurt from it.  According to the research article, “The Institute for Scientific Information on Coffee suggests adults consume no more than 400mg of caffeine per day (>4 cups)” (1). This study is not saying to remove caffeine entirely, in fact, the article lists the benefits we can gain by sticking to a healthy, moderate amount of caffeine. The report states that caffeine is beneficial in improving alertness, reducing the risk of dying from cardiovascular disease, and can help cognitive functioning (1).  The take away message? Indulge, but do not over indulge.

 If you are feeling particularly sluggish one day at work, instead of grabbing a third cup of coffee, try eating a handful of almonds, drinking hot lemon water, or even going for a glass of mild green tea. Although teas do have caffeine, they can help lower your overall caffeine consumption because they typical contain less caffeine than coffee. If you are looking to cut back on your addiction, do so gradually. There’s no need to go cold turkey on your cup of joe since it does prove to have benefits! Eliminating caffeine entirely may bring upon headaches and other side effects, so be cautious and courteous to your body. Swapping coffee for a milder green tea or a probiotic tea will help your caffeine jitters in the long run.