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: 

  • Insomnia 
  • Restlessness
  • Irritability 
  • 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:

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.

South Australia recently conducted a new study which shows that excessive coffee consumption can increase stimulation which can lead to heart disease.
“In order to maintain a healthy heart and a healthy blood pressure, people must limit their coffees to fewer than six cups a day — based on our data six was the tipping point where caffeine started to negatively affect cardiovascular risk,” said Professor Elina Hyppönen of the Australian Centre for Precision Health, one of the study’s authors.
Once you reach six cups of coffee per day, the risk of heart disease increases by 22 percent according to the study (The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition).