Do we really need to be ‘pepped’ up artificially everyday? Caffeine, we all know is a stimulant, but it is also in my opinion a most underrated drug. Does anyone know what a safe level of caffeine intake is?

When I drank coffee, it used to change my mood. Sometimes, instead of giving me energy, it would take it away. But, maybe I am the exception to the rule.

In so many things, you have to listen to what your body is trying to tell you. Unfortunately, it speaks many times with the language of pain and discomfort.

‘Some people are more sensitive to the effects of caffeine than others [1 medlineplus.gov/caffeine.html]’.

Although, after a cup or two of coffee, you may feel more alert and active, in the hours ahead, you may become more restless, suffer from anxiety and become irritable.

In our fast paced society, we have to continually stay alert because of its competitive nature. Yet, in the end, is exhaustion worth pumping our bodies up just to be let down?

When I used to drink coffee, I had heart palpitations. That, I didn’t like at all. Also, I felt a feeling of impending doom.

Although, caffeine can keep one going for possibly hours on end, the next day one might feel lethargic. Then, the pattern will begin again once you drink more.

‘What are the side effects from too much caffeine?

For most people, it is not harmful to consume up to 400mg of caffeine a day… [2 medlineplus.gov/caffeine.html]’

(*400mg of caffeine equals about 4 cups of coffee.)

I was able to quit drinking coffee by drinking Japanese green tea. I still drink tea. It did take me over two weeks of headaches and tiredness to get over coffee though. Coffee, at least for me, was a genuine addiction with little positive payoff.

On the other hand, tea is quietly energizing, yet relaxing with much less caffeine than coffee. Learn to listen to your body when it tries to give you its subtle ‘hints’.

Source- 1 & 2 URL medlineplus.gov/caffeine.html
Website Title MedlinePlus
Publication Day 30
Publication Month April
Publication Year 2019
Access Day 15
Access Month december
Access Year 2019
Article Title Caffeine

Note- consult your doctor before you change your diet.

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