Looking around the internet you will find caffeine being accused of causing everything from osteoporosis to migraines. Now turn the page and you may read how coffee helps mental alertness, improves cognitive function, and is the best bean since I dunno — Jim Bean. So today I hope to shed some factual light with “no cream” in regards to what’s really up with that cup of joe.
With almost 90% of Americans surveyed saying they need their java, I wouldn’t have big enough beans to tell them to stop drinking. But trying to dig a little deeper on the subject of how much coffee will have you “pop’n lock’n” (a popular break dance move from the 80’s) for the next few hours right before you crash or how much caffeine is in your favorite cup of joe can become a whole separate job in itself.
Most polls show most people drink caffeinated beverages to increase their energy and alertness. Studies show that 100-200 mg of caffeine (about 1 to 2 cups of regular coffee) are enough to achieve these results. Consume more than this and you may experience signs of overuse and/or withdrawal symptoms. One recent study actually goes as far as to imply that caffeine does not increase energy, alertness, and your functionality. The study suggests caffeine users actually going through withdrawals with every sip of caffeine and that they must get their next fix in order to bring them back to their natural energy level.
Since I know that caffeine depletes vitamins and nutrients from your body, I thought this was a reasonable argument to consider since your body could now be forced into slug mode from lack of vitamins and nutrients. At that point your only option could be racing to grab that next cup and chug your self back up to your natural energy baseline. But that is an entirely separate blog, and with conflicting reports and studies all over the place, this could be a never-ending drama on what’s good and what’s evil. In any case, I’m not here to pick a side. My goal is to relay the message of responsible consumption. So here it goes…how does caffeine cause headaches and health issues
100-200mg and generally a max of 250mg should be enough caffeine consumption for the day. However, based on your size and tolerance for caffeine, dosages may vary. Below you will find a list of withdrawal & overuse symptoms to know if you have began to OD (slang for over dose) on the java.
Also there is a very popular coffee chain (if you live in New York City, there is one on every corner) with caffeine milligrams listed below. And yes, if you go for the Tall cup you have already surpassed the recommended daily consumption. Enjoy!
So what’s fueling you, America??? Hopefully, it’s the long-term, solid health choices and not the quick-trash-my-heart-now so I can go-go-go and then worry about happens when the beat go-go-goes-too-fast later. And I apologize in my tone for seemingly picking sides this time, but at least I’m rooting for you and your health.
- Caffeine (mg)
- (8 oz)
- (12 oz)
- (16 oz)
- (20-24 oz)
Withdrawal symptoms may include the following: edginess, depression, headache, the shakes, dizziness, cramps, nausea, insomnia, anxiety, lack of concentration and fatigue. Overuse can cause: nutritional deficiencies, agitation, tremors, depression, edginess, irritable stomach, headaches, anxiety, increased and irregular heart rate and elevated blood pressure.