Are you in tune with how much caffeine you consume and where it comes from? According to Dietary Guidelines for Americans, a maximum of 400 mg. of caffeine can be part of a healthy, daily diet. An 8.4-oz. energy drink, a 20-oz. diet cola, and a shot of espresso contain about the same amount of caffeine as a cup of coffee (80 mg). A cup of green tea or a 12-oz. can of soda contain approximately 40 mg. of caffeine.
Of course, not all caffeine comes in liquid form. A 1.5-oz. milk chocolate bar can provide about 10 mg. of caffeine, whereas a dark chocolate bar can contain up to 30 mg. Keep in mind that these guidelines are for adults and that caffeine is not recommended for children under the age of 12. Teenagers should exercise particular caution with caffeine, as they are still developing. Due to the importance of sleep, brain development, and possibly unknown medical conditions, experts usually advised that teens limit their caffeine intake to about 100 mg. a day.
Your Health and Caffeine Consumption
We all know the obvious benefit of caffeine consumption: energy! Most of us can’t even imagine starting our morning sans coffee or making it through the rest of the day without a can or two of soda, but too much of a good thing can be bad.
We probably all have experienced the jitters after drinking too much caffeine while studying or trying to stay alert while driving long distances, but having shaky hands is just the beginning. Prolonged overloading on caffeine can cause anxiety, insomnia, and even high blood pressure. On the other hand, moderate levels of caffeine consumption can boost memory, burn fat, and increase blood flow through the kidneys, and detox the liver.
Find an Alternative
If you are concerned that the amount of caffeine you are consuming is too high, now is an excellent time to scale back and find your baseline. Try reducing the number of sodas you drink in a day or limiting yourself to just one cup of coffee in the morning. If you find this is not providing you with the energy you need, exercising may be the answer. Exercise and proper hydration can increase blood flow and boost energy levels to help get you through your day. Remember, a run through the park is better than a coffee run any day of the week! Except maybe for Mondays…
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