If a crucial component of your everyday morning routine involves coffee or another energy drink, you may be over-caffeinated. I can’t go a day without seeing a girl around school with a laptop sticker involving caffeine or Starbucks. The lines at Espresso Royale, Starbucks, and other coffee shops are always out the door. This business is booming, but sometimes at the price of our health. Caffeine is beneficial in small amounts. It makes you more alert so you can function better throughout the day, but when we become reliant on it, there is more harm than good.
Coffee and energy drinks like Monster have about twice as much caffeine as any tea. Consumption of this high caffeine content may decrease bone density and raise your blood pressure. Along with sugar used to sweeten coffee, this will cause your body to release more insulin, which in turn lowers blood sugar and creates an artificial hunger. Among all of these, excess caffeine consumption can also lead to anxious behaviors, obesity, diabetes, and other health issues.
This begs the question, how much caffeine consumption is okay? Depending on the study, you may get a variety of answers. But from what I’ve seen overall, 200-300 mg a day is safe. However, this should be taken with a grain of salt. This doesn’t mean that caffeinated drinks should be a part of your everyday life. Being alert without the help of caffeine is always the better option. This suggestion simply means that if you choose to do so, you should limit yourself to this amount.
This being said, there are many other ways to get your energy levels where they need to be. Tea is an amazing alternative that has a lower caffeine content than coffee and brings along with its own benefits. Tea contains an amino acid called L-theanine, which stimulates alpha brain waves to calm you down while increasing alertness – the perfect combination. Many teas also have a high amount of antioxidants, specifically green tea, that can help boost your immunity.
Other ways to restore your energy include exercising in the morning, reducing sugar intake, drinking water, and above all else, sleep. No matter how hard we try to substitute it with artificial energy stimulators, our bodies cannot function properly without a proper amount of sleep, so make sure that is your first priority. If you have trouble falling asleep, try yoga or meditation for 15-30 minutes a day before bed. Remember – moderation is the key to a healthy life.
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