Are you a simple one-cup-of-coffee a day person? Or a veteran who only wakes up after the third?
Whatever your cup of jo consumption, it’s important to consider how much caffeine you’re consuming.
It’s safe for adults to drink up to 400 mg of caffeine a day – which equates to about 4 cups of brewed coffee.
People who drink this amount of coffee can expect to enjoy benefits such as enhanced energy levels, boosted physical activity and a reduced risk of cognitive disease.
However, those who drink more than this, or who are particularly sensitive to caffeine, may experience symptoms such as irritability, insomnia, headaches, and an exhilarated heartbeat.
If you are experiencing any of these side effects, it may be time to start reducing your intake.
Here are a couple of tips to help you cut down:
1. Start paying attention to the nutrition labels on the food and drinks you buy to keep track of how much caffeine you are consuming.
2. Try to gradually reduce your intake by drinking one less cup of coffee a day, and try to avoid drinking caffeinated beverages late in the day.
3. Choose to drink decaffeinated coffee – this can often look and taste the same as the caffeinated version.
4. If you are making tea, shorten the brewing time to decrease the caffeine content.
5. Try drinking herbal teas that do not contain caffeine.