It seems that no matter where you are in the world, there is no better feeling than settling down with a steaming cup of tea or coffee. While there is nothing wrong with drinking the occasional caffeine-rich drink, too much of this energy booster can cause some issues.
So how much caffeine is safe?
The lower recommended caffeine limit is 200mg a day. If you think about this regarding drinks, then that’s approximately 2-3 cups of freshly brewed coffee, five cans of cola or one energy drink.
For teenagers, it is recommended that they drink no more than 100mg per day and for children, it is said that they should avoid caffeine completely.
Side-effects of too much caffeine
For some people, the side effects can take effect even when a small amount of caffeine is consumed. While others can consume 400mg+ of caffeine per day without any negative side effects.
The side effects of high levels of caffeine intake include:
- Digestive problems
- Accelerated heart rate
If you are showing any of these signs then perhaps you might want to look at your caffeine intake. A good alternative for you might be black tea, green tea or matcha green tea.
Surprisingly matcha & green tea also helps to reduce anxiety as it has a calming effect on your body. Energy & calming I know....but it's true & probably a good option for you.
How to cut the caffeine
The best way to cut your caffeine intake is to pay attention to how it affects your body & how much caffeine you are consuming. You may not realise the amount of tea, coffee or coke that you drink a day and this may lead to you taking in too much.
Decaffeinated versions of your favourite drinks are of course a great option for those who want to avoid caffeine completely but still enjoy the taste. If you choose this option, we recommend you to cut your caffeine intake down gradually.