One coffee in the morning, one at lunch and one at each meeting or when you hang out with your friends. Coffee seems to be the best source of energy, it saves us when we have not managed to get enough sleep, and for many of us, it’s also a habit.
We do not necessarily feed the need, but we are accustomed to having a drink in the morning when we smoke or when we visit our best friend. Consider it a social thing if you want.
Dark coffee, in particular without sugar or milk, it’s considered to be healthy due to its richness in antioxidants. Also, the link with the level of energy being pumped up it’s not at all a myth – coffee really helps us to be more alert and more energetic.
Coffee reduces the risk of diabetes, dementia, stroke and liver cancer, not to mention the fact that it can help us lose weight.
But how much is actually too much? When should we stop and what is the limit?
Due to the quantity of caffeine, drinking coffee in excess might have some pretty unpleasant side effects: dizziness, hot flushes, insomnia, and anxiety. Not to mention the side effects that occur when you suffer from certain medical conditions for which caffeine is not recommended: hypertension, psoriasis, gastric reflux and other.
Specialists say that we should limit ourselves to 400 mg of caffeine per day. If we prepare the coffee with an average concentration, it adds up to maximum 5 or 6 cups a day, or if you’re used to drinking your coffee in larger mugs, keep in mind that a maximum of 2 or 3 cups per day is more than enough.
Consider the fact that these rules apply to a healthy adult and in case you’re going into Italiano mode and you prefer your dose of caffeine being taken as espresso, limit to 3 cups a day.
Some rules that you should keep in the back of your mind, you know..just to enjoy your coffee and stay healthy
Avoid drinking coffee after 5 o’clock in the afternoon – don’t forget about insomnia or anxiety
Always watch the body’s reaction – if you have an uncomfortable state for no reason, try to reduce the coffee amount and see if you feel the difference – usually, our body is continuously sending us signals
If you suffer from the certain chronic disease, talk to your doctor about coffee consumption – any generalist or nutritionist who knows your medical history can help with this information
ALWAYS, and we mean.. ALWAYS buy quality coffee – this is a must, even if you invest a little more, it’s best to know that you only have to control the coffee effects, not the effects of any added dyes or flavors
The coffee effects pass after a certain period of time: so if you drink more coffee, try to split the consumption throughout the day.