How much caffeine do you need as an adult? Are you drinking too much?
Some adults are more sensitive to caffeine than others. For some, even a single cup of coffee can cause side effects. Others aren't bothered at all by an entire pot.
Be Careful with Energy Drinks and Powdered Caffeine
It's important to remember that caffeine content can vary when it comes to energy drinks; and caffeine in powder form can actually contain toxic levels. The Food and Drug Administration cautions consumers not to ingest too much caffeine, noting that high levels of caffeine can cause serious health issues.
Heavy Caffeine Consumption can Cause Unwanted Side Effects
Even among adults, heavy caffeine consumption can cause unpleasant side effects like headache, insomnia, nervousness, fast heartbeat, and muscle tremors.
Caffeine can interfere with normal sleep patterns. Small amounts of sleep loss can disturb daytime performance and alertness issues.
Women who are pregnant or trying to become pregnant should consult with their doctor about caffeine consumption. Most physicians will have pregnant women cut back to 200 mg per day about two cups.
Consume Caffeine in Moderation
If you are like most adults, caffeine is part of your daily routine in one form or another. But be mindful of possible side effects, especially if you are on any medications or have heavy daily consumption.
Our recommendation? Cool it on the coffee. A slow gradual lower consumption may be just what the doctor ordered.