Coffee: How Much is Too Much?

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Do you have a child named Joe? Get your minimum daily requirement of calcium from half and half? Have a line item for coffee in your budget? Do you think maybe you drink too much coffee?

How much coffee is too much coffee?

The medical community tells us that we should limit our caffeine intake to 200 – 300 mg. a day, or about two cups of coffee.

A little coffee is a good thing. Caffeine stimulates the central nervous system, alleviates fatigue, and increases wakefulness. It increases strength and endurance in athletes. Coffee is full of antioxidants that reduce risks of certain diseases like type-2 diabetes, multiple sclerosis, and some forms of cancer. It’s been linked to lower rates of Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease. There are fewer suicides among coffee drinkers.

When Grande is your middle name.

About half of us start our day with a cup of coffee, typically going on to drink another 2 or 3 cups. At 4 or more cups a day you’re probably experiencing some unpleasant side effects like muscle tremors, headaches, and insomnia. Keep at it and the caffeine can cause fast and irregular heart rates and gastrointestinal symptoms. At 7 or more cups you could be looking at hallucinations. 60 cups in a day can kill you.

What’s a caffeine junkie to do?

The true coffee-holic knows the grip of caffeine addiction. A withdrawal headache kicks in whenever the morning fix is brewed a little late. Fatigue and maybe another headache accompany a coffee lull later in the day. Quit cold turkey and there’s lots more of that plus irritability and restlessness.

Pero, Teeccino, and  Cafix are chicory and grain-based coffee substitutes that boast of caffeine-free, coffee-like flavor without the acidity found in decaf. They can be drunk on their own or can replace some of the ground coffee in your brew if you want to cut back on intake without the crash of withdrawal.

If you really need to soothe your jangling, caffeine-deprived nerves, leWhif is a spray atomizer of coffee powder that delivers a light jolt (maybe half a cup’s worth) of brain-clearing caffeine.

Are you addicted to coffee?

Watch David Letterman’s list of the top 10 signs you drink too much coffee.

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One Response to Coffee: How Much is Too Much?

  1. Brad says:

    I am a coffee addict, but I limit it to two cups a day. Thanks for the interesting article.

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