Caffeine Intolerances: Is Caffeine Good for You?Posted on Sep 18, 2014
A lot of people start the day with a cup of coffee. They then have a caffeinated soda pop at lunch. And another coffee by mid-afternoon. Dessert that evening might contain chocolate and then they’ll have another coffee after that. As you can see, many people consume quite a lot of caffeine during the average day. But is it too much?
This is a question that a lot of people ask themselves. In fact, many people wonder if caffeine is good for your health or bad for your health. There are a number of factors to consider when answering these questions.
As for how much caffeine you should be drinking, the FDA recommends that the average adult consume less than 400 milligrams of caffeine per day. That’s generally about three or four regular cups of drip coffee. However, it can sometimes be tough to accurately measure how much caffeine you’re actually getting. Different coffee shops serve coffee in different sizes and different types of coffee have different amounts of caffeine. You’ll also need to take into account the caffeine that you get from other sources such as cola drinks, chocolate and other foods.
Is Caffeine Healthy?
In general, consuming a moderate amount (less than the upper limit of 400 milligrams per day) is safe for most people. In fact, coffee intake could possibly lead to improved memory function as well as a decreased risk of diabetes, inflammatory diseases, Parkinson`s and dementia. However, caffeine can also be addictive, disrupt sleep and lead to weight gain, poor concentration and other issues.
In order to reduce your likelihood of experiencing these issues, you need to be careful how much caffeine you consume and when you consume it.
Here are some tips for consuming caffeine:
- · Try to wait until 9:30 or 10 am before you have your first cup of coffee. Drinking coffee earlier than that will set you up for an afternoon crash.
- · Don’t drink caffeinated beverages within six hours of bedtime. Caffeine can make it difficult to get a good sleep.
- · Reduce consumption if it makes you feel nervous, restless, irritable or if it causes your stomach to feel upset or your heart to race.
Caffeine Sensitivity & Caffeine Intolerance
Some people are especially sensitive to caffeine. A caffeine sensitivity or caffeine intolerance is even possible. If consuming caffeine causes cramping, gas, bloating, nausea, diarrhea, vomiting, frequent urination, headaches, ringing in the years, fatigue or abdominal pain, you could have a caffeine intolerance. The HEMOCODE System can help you identify your food intolerances and bring relief.