Caffeine is everywhere and is a daily necessity for most. It can help to wake you up, improve concentration and focus. No wonder most people can’t start their day until they have had their morning coffee fix. It can even be found in products that are labeled as decaffeinated or even your everyday foods and medication:
Decaffeinated Coffee: While the name implicates that it is decaffeinated this is usually not the case. Even decaf coffee could contain at least 2mg of caffeine with some containing 12mg. Which is enough to alert your brain and stop you from getting a good night’s sleep.
Chocolate: Chocolate is often popular after-dinner snack, however, some chocolate does actually contain caffeine since it is naturally found in cocoa beans. This means that the darker the chocolate the more caffeine it contains. So you may want to rethink how much after dinner chocolate you consume.
Ice-cream: Many popular brands of ice cream have around 30 to 45 milligrams of caffeine in them, so if you are tempted for an after-dinner treat you might want to check the caffeine level.
Headache Remedies: Some pain relievers for migraines or headaches could contain up to 40% of caffeine. Research has shown that caffeine can help aspirin and acetaminophen to relieve a headache. Since caffeine is a stimulant you might want to think about taking them before you go to bed.
What are the negative effects of caffeine:
If you’re drinking more than 6 cups of coffee a day you may want to think about cutting this down. Caffeine can have a few negative side effects including:
- Stomach upset
- Fast heartbeat
- Muscle tremors
Start to track how much caffeine you are consuming and workout where you can cut down on your consumption. You don’t have to cut back altogether, just make small changes to help reduce your intake and see if you notice any benefits of doing so. Caffeine is very much a part of adult life our daily routine and while normal consumption may not pose a health risk it is important to know when you’re drinking too much and what this may do to your health.
However, there is good news! There are many benefits to drinking coffee:
- The American Heart Association and the University of Colorado School of Medicine conducted a study where they found that risk of heart failure or stroke went down 8 percent for each additional cup of coffee per day.
- A British study of 498,123 people found that the ones who regularly drank coffee were between 10 and 15 percent less likely to die during any 10 year period than non-coffee drinkers.
- Stanford University undertook a study that tracked 100 people over several years, and found that coffee drinkers tended to live longer than non-coffee drinkers.
- A Spanish study found that drinking four cups of coffee per day led to a 64 percent lower risk of dying among study participants compared to non-coffee drinkers.
These studies all say that drinking as many as four cups of coffee a day could have health benefits. But what is to stop you drinking 5, 6, 7 or even 10! Well, you should stop at around 5 cups of coffee a day.