Many people rely on a fresh cup of coffee to start their morning; Some drink several throughout the day. While craving the warmth and energy provided by a cup of joe, it’s easy to think only of the assortment of health benefits associated with caffeine. However, there are downsides as well. Consuming more than 400 mg per day could trigger anxiety, insomnia, and increased blood pressure. So in 2003, the Caffeine Awareness Alliance formed to advocate for a caffeine-free industry and helped initiate March as National Caffeine Awareness Month.
National Caffeine Awareness Month timeline
Caffeine Awareness Alliance founded
This alliance was formed in order to promote a caffeine-free environment.
Caffeine Is Added To The Pure Food And Drug Act
The U.S. House of Representatives decided to amend the Pure Food and Drug Act in 1912, adding caffeine as a "habit-forming" and "deleterious" substance.
Caffeine Is Extracted For The First Time
Friedlieb Ferdinand Runge, a German chemist, was the first to extract caffeine from cocoa beans into its purest form.
How to Observe National Caffeine Awareness Month
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Patients use caffeine to treat conditions ranging from headaches to OCD. Caffeine creams can also help with skin problems like dermatitis.