Tuesday, March 16, 2021

Caffeine Pro's and Con's

 Caffeine, in all its forms, plays a key role in many of our daily lives. It has potential to both help and harm if used irresponsibly. Common benefits include increased alertness and energy. But over intake can lead to negative side effects. Common side effects of over consumption include:

  • Jitteriness 
  • Increased anxiety
  • Increased blood pressure
  • Stomach irritation
  • Irritability 
  • Headaches
  • Abnormal heart rhythms
  • Sleep walking

Limit tolerance can vary from person to person. Knowing your personal tolerance can help you consume in moderation. Consuming within these limitations can exaggerate benefits while preventing negative side-effects.

Along with side-effect monitoring, limitations have been recommended by health professionals. These include:

Adults: less than 400 mg/day

Teens: less than 100 mg/day

Children: 0 mg/day

**Consuming as little as 100 mg/day can result in caffeine dependency. 

These numbers add up quickly. Consider the following caffeine breakdown. Notice these amounts are per 1 cup (8 oz.) serving. It is common to consume more than this 8 oz recommendation, increasing intake, increases caffeine equally.

Many caffeine loaded beverages also include ample amounts of added sugar. Energy drinks being a prime example.
With increased intake of these energy drinks there is increasing concern of over consumption of caffeine side-effects and dependency. 

As with all nutrition groups, moderation is key. Listening to your bodily cues can prevent over indulgence and negative side effects from occurring. Become familiar with your daily caffeine intake and find a limit that works for you! 

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