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Caffeine!  Am I Consuming To Much?

August 6, 2017

Caffeine!  Am I Consuming To Much?


Caffeine has always been in my adult world so I cannot say that I know what a month, week or even a day looks like without it. I have grown accustomed to the warm taste and happy feeling that my cup-o-java provides me in the morning.

Some say too much caffeine is bad for our bodies others say it's just fine for us.

I know that we all settle into routines that may consist of morning coffee or tea and afternoons filled with soft drinks and perhaps a few nibbles of a chocolate bar, etc. all of which can provide us with and energy zip in our day.

For the sake of gaining knowledge, this week I'm shedding light on the pro's and con's of caffeine.


What does caffeine really do to our bodies and how much caffeine is ok to ingest a day?

Caffeine reaches your brain quickly. It acts as a central nervous system stimulant.

The most noticeable effect is mental alertness. It can help you feel more awake and less tired. Therefore, it's a common ingredient in medications to treat drowsiness.

Up to 400 milligrams (mg) of caffeine a day appears to be safe for most healthy adults.  

Although caffeine use may be safe for adults, it's not always a good idea for children.


Here's a quick view of the amount of caffeine in particular coffee drinks:

  • Restaurant espresso (1 oz.) 40-75 mg

  • Instant coffee (8 oz.) 27-173 mg

  • Typical brewed coffee (8 oz.) 95-200 mg

  • McDonald's brewed coffee (16 oz.) 100 mg

  • Starbucks brewed coffee (16 oz.) 330 mg

(Source: Mayo Clinic)


The good news about caffeine and, of course my favorite – coffee is that caffeine has been shown to protect against a host of problems. One study found that those who drink lots of coffee (but not decaf) seem to be four to eight times less likely to develop Parkinson's disease.(NIH's National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke)


Some benefits from your favorite cup of joe

  • May lead to a longer life.

  • Protection against a number of cancers.

  • May reduced the risk of type 2 diabetes.

  • May lower the risk of oral cancers.

  • May reduce the risk of Alzheimer's and dementia.


While low to moderate doses of caffeine are generally safe, it is addictive and users can become dependent on it. Many find it difficult to quit or even cut back.


Effects of Too much caffeine:

  • It can increase anxiety and disrupt sleep patterns. This could lead to relying on caffeine to help with daytime foggy feelings.

  • Caffeine interacts with some medications. (check on line for a full list.)

  • It increases blood sugar levels. This can make it hard for those with type 2 diabetes to manage their insulin.

  • Caffeine potentially can lead to some spinal bone loss in postmenopausal women.


All in all caffeine can affect us in different ways. Some people have zero issues with caffeine and others may have increased daily agitation and anxiety from too much caffeine consumption.

I strongly suggest that you monitor your energy levels and your frustration levels during the day to see if you are consuming too much caffeine. If you feel punchy and frustrated all the time and you are a 'more then four' cup of coffee drinker a day that may be your sign. Maybe the last two cups, over time, can become half caffeine, half decaffeinated.


Here's to a day filled with great energy!





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