Many of us rely on a fresh cup of coffee in the morning, and some might need to pour a few more throughout the day to maintain their energy. While a cup of joe provides an assortment of health benefits, there is such a thing as too much caffeine (possible side effects include anxiety, insomnia, and increased blood pressure). Recent studies suggest that most adults can safely consume up to 400 milligrams of caffeine per day, which is approximately equivalent to four cups of coffee. A 2017 survey found that 23% of Americans drink 4 or more cups of coffee per day. Caffeine is also found in a variety of other sources besides coffee, including soda, tea, energy drinks, protein bars, and chocolate products. Formed in 2003, the Caffeine Awareness Alliance has advocated for a caffeine-free industry, and helped initiate March as National Caffeine Awareness Month to help raise awareness of the dangers of caffeine.
National Caffeine Awareness Month - History
Caffeine Awareness Alliance founded
This alliance was formed in order to promote a caffeine-free environment.
How to Observe National Caffeine Awareness Month
1. Go for a run to clear your mind
Instead of relying on caffeine to get you through the day, try exercising. It can be as simple as going for a run after a long, hard day, or starting off your morning an energy-boosting jog.
2. Drink more water
Besides keeping you hydrated, providing plenty of energy, helping clear your skin, and decreasing your chances of getting a headache, drinking more water can also help lessen your need for caffeine.
3. Cut down your coffee consumption
Don't let caffeine addiction control you. Take this time to reduce your typical coffee intake, whether that's eliminating one cup per day or cutting out coffee for the whole month.
Why National Caffeine Awareness Month is Important
A. Caffeine helps keep you going
Not only can caffeine increase your ability to stay awake, but it sometimes allows for you to become more productive and level-headed throughout your day. Caffeine affects everyone differently, but for some, they aren't able to think coherently or clearly until they have their first taste of coffee in the morning.
B. You can learn your caffeine limit
It's only natural to look into things that will affect your day-to-day life. National Caffeine Awareness Month is the perfect time to see how you're affected by consuming caffeine on a daily basis, allowing you to make the choices that are best for your mental and physical health.
C. You're able to make smarter decisions when shopping
When it's time for you to go grocery shopping, you'll know what to buy and what to stay away from. Maybe caffeine triggers you to become more irritable or anxious. If that's the case, then you'll know which food items to avoid.