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Caffeine- How Much is Too Much?
CAFFEINE: How Much is Too Much?
Scientists these days are saying that caffeine is just as addictive as cocaine... I can hear you now..."Oh no! The health Po-Po are turning into CONTROL FREAKS! Not my COFFEE!!!"... You need not worry...much. If you are pretty much a healthy person, you don't need to give up your coffee!
Caffeine, unlike cocaine, is pretty harmless. However, too much caffeine can make you jittery, anxious, and you may even get a headache. Withdrawing from a caffeine addiction can be very painful, as drug addicts will tell you about ANY drug. Caffeine IS a drug! It's just a legal drug... It would be wise to keep track of your caffeine intake everyday if you are worried you are getting too much.
As a reminder, (out of experience) quitting caffeine "cold-turkey" is NOT advised, as you might get extreme headaches, stomachaches, and feel like you are "crashing", or becoming very tired all at once. A gradual step, one soda, or cup of coffee less a day will work far better!
How much is too much?:
Almost every person in America consumes caffeine is one way, or another, every day. The coffee lover drinks an average of three, to three-and-a-half cups a day... (That puts me waaaaayyyyy above normal, as I usually drink three QUARTERS of a POT in the morning, then go right to the Mountain Dew!)
A five-ounce cup of automatic drip joe contains about 103 milligrams of caffeine. (That's cup, not mug. Mugs hold 10 ounces-206mg!) Most experts say you should not consume more than 450mg of caffeine per day, depending on your weight, age, and general health., as your body can build a tolerance for caffeine.
Too much caffeine can cause abnormal heart rhythms, or raise blood pressure. It can affect cholesterol levels slightly, but researchers have noted that any rise in "bad" cholesterol can be offset with an equal amount of "good" cholesterol. Drinking too much coffee can cause calcium loss, increasing the chance of osteoporosis and hip fracture. Women should drink at least one cup of milk a day to offset the affects of the coffee.
Good News About Caffeine:
Caffeine's stimulating effect can be useful. It can improve your mental and physical performance, make a dull task go by quicker and help with fatigue on long road trips. It helps some pain relievers work more efficiently, and research shows it gives metabolism a boost.
Caffeine and Pregnancy:
Doctors of all sorts have all agreed on one thing... Consuming caffeine while you are pregnant, may increase the risk of miscarriage. It is best to cut down drastically, if not stop completely until after the baby is born.
Wanna know something I didn't know before now? Gourmet coffees, espresso, cappuccino, and all the rest have less, not more, caffeine than robusta beans! (The mainstream bean for automatic drip coffee) Also, dark roast coffee... The darker roast burn off more caffeine, so although the coffee looks and tastes stronger, it isn't... Espresso, which looks and tastes the strongest of all, is made by forcing water so quickly through the grounds that it doesn't absorb much caffeine. So, as long as you are healthy, stop worrying about the caffeine!!!
JAVA IN SPACE!!!
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