The Health Implications of Caffeine: National Caffeine Awareness Month

What You Should Know About Consuming Caffeine 

Did you know that March is Caffeine Awareness Month? If you’re like most of us, then you’ll start your day with a cup of coffee and perhaps munch on a candy bar in the middle of the day. If so, you may be relying on caffeine for an energy boost. Caffeine is known for producing a high-volume of energy when consumed, but there’s more to caffeine than we may realize. Read on for more information!

The Effect of Caffeine on the Body

  • Alert brain – The stimulating effects of caffeine cause alertness right away. It can also temporarily relieve drowsiness and fatigue.
  • Performance booster – Not only does caffeine ease the pain and fatigue of a workout, but it’s believed to help muscles burn fat as an energy source, too.
  • Decreased sign of oral cancer – Drinking four or more 8-ounce cups of coffee may lower your risk for oral and throat cancers.
  • Ease headaches – Caffeine can either help ease migraine and tension headaches by constricting swollen blood vessels in the brain.
  • Rapid heartbeat – Caffeine can cause a rapid heartbeat. This may be a concern if you have a preexisting heart issue.
  • Heartburn – The acidity of certain caffeinated products, such as coffee and soda, may cause heartburn.

The commonly held safe amount of caffeine consumed in a day is 400mg. That is equal to about 10 cans of soda, 5 cups of coffee or 2 energy drinks. If you consume the same amount of caffeine on a daily basis, your body develops a tolerance to it. Other factors like your age, body mass, and overall health can determine your tolerance to caffeine, too. If you want to decrease the amount of caffeine you take, it’s best to decrease your consumption slowly.

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