So how much caffeine is safe?
The level of caffeine that is safe for an adult is around 400 milligrams per day. If you think about this in terms of drinks then that’s approximately 4 cups of freshly brewed coffee, 10 cans of cola or two energy shot drinks.
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.
Whilst 10 cans of cola may seem an excessive amount for one person, 4 cups of coffee may be a little believable. In fact there are a high number of people who will exceed that on a daily basis.
Side-effects of too much caffeine
Whilst you may think that it is harmless, the side effects seen in people who drink more than 500mg to 600mg of caffeine rich drinks per day may not be life changing however they can cause a range of health issues that have an impact on your day to day life.
For some people the side effects can take an effect even when a small amount of caffeine is drank. Particular medicines, supplements or illnesses can cause negative symptoms to manifest.
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 own caffeine intake.
How to cut the caffeine
The best way to cut your own caffeine intake is to pay attention to how much you do actually drink. 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 still want to enjoy the taste but want to lower their intake.
If you do decide to cut down on your caffeine then our best advice is to take your time, perhaps start of by drinking one cup less per day. Your body will need to get used to the lower levels and if you give up “cold turkey” then you can experience unwanted side effects such as headaches, fatigue and nervousness.
One last way that you can cut down your caffeine intake yet still enjoy a tasty hot drink is to make the switch to Matcha green tea. Full of antioxidants and also known to give you a natural energy boost; there really is no better way to wake yourself up and keep you going.
Surprisingly matcha also helps to reduce anxiety as it has a calming effect on your body. Energy & calming I know....but it's true.