NATIONAL CAFFEINE AWARENESS MONTH
National Caffeine Awareness Month in March reminds us that our fifth cup of java may be harmful to our health.
While sticking to just one cup still has its benefits. When our blood pressure is up, or stomach acid bothers us, sometimes we need to give up the morning pick-me-up. But do we?
This stimulant that provides jolts of energy throughout the day may not be offering the perk it once did. We can build up a tolerance and require more to feel the same boost.
Consider your sources and how much it takes to derive a benefit from the good ol’ bean these days. Take a daily tally of your total caffeine intake from all sources. Do you only have two cups? Or after careful consideration, is your caffeine intake substantially higher?
- Guarana/energy drinks
Remember, to include caffeine incorporated into our foods. Caffeine isn’t taken out of the coffee ice cream we enjoy before bed. If you wonder why you can’t sleep, that might be why. Don’t be surprised when you order an extra large sweet tea at lunch and get the jitters and sweats during a meeting with the boss.
All these circumstances add up to our total caffeine intake and contribute to sleepless nights, increased blood pressure and stomach acid. However, studies show caffeine in moderation can be beneficial.
According to a study by the Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University researchers summarize that 3-4 cups equivalent to 300-400 milligrams of caffeine per day offer few health risks. The Mayo Clinic concurs.
HOW TO OBSERVE #CaffeineAwarenessMonth
Gain benefits from caffeine by consuming it in moderation. Track your intake and see how much you really consume. Use #NationalCaffeineAwarenessMonth to share on social media.
NATIONAL CAFFEINE AWARENESS MONTH HISTORY
In 2003, the Caffeine Awareness Alliance founded National Caffeine Awareness Month.