Caffeine is, essentially an adrenaline delivery system. It helps to increase alertness, concentration, and mental and physical performance.
In the short term, this jolting action wakes us up but, in the long term, the constant (and unnatural) stimulation of our nerves creates stress levels that damage the resilience of the immune system, which protects against disease.
While a morning cup of coffee or a mug of black tea might be fine, make sure you are not using caffeine as a help to make up for lack of sleep or a low energy level.
In moderation, coffee does have health benefits; it is a significant source of antioxidants and coffee consumption has been linked to lower risk of total mortality and lower rates of Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease and cardiovascular disease.
For most individuals, up to 400 mg of caffeine per day is acceptable but it affects each person differently. Some people can drink a cup of coffee (or tea) at 9:00 pm and be asleep at 9:45pm, while others may be awake for hours with a cup of caffeine in the afternoon.
One thing to keep in mind is that not all caffeine sources are equal.
Have a look at the picture below to discover the amount of caffeine in different beverages and food.
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