Many of us don’t even realise that we are keeping ourselves going with caffeine. According to the studies, over 2.25 billion cups of coffee are consumed in the world every day. Finns are one of the top coffee drinkers in the world, downing whopping 8-9 cups per day!
I used to be hooked on black ‘builders’ tea. I ‘needed’ 5-6 big cups per day to give me a quick pick me up & keep me going. Only when I quit black tea & replaced with herbal teas, I realised how much better I felt.
Caffeine can be beneficial in small amounts, it can boost your memory and make you more alert. However, in large amounts, caffeine can disturb your gut and make you wired and even more tired. Excessive caffeine can also:
Caffeine activates your stress response ‘flight or fight’ & increase cortisol
Caffeine can inhibit mineral absorption such as B-vitamins & iron.
Start by doing a caffeine-check - how you do start your morning? Do you ‘need’ a cup of coffee first thing in the morning, mid-morning and mid-afternoon? What would your energy be like without caffeine?
It’s usually fine to drink 1-2 per day (depending on a person) but make sure you also drink plenty water and some herbal teas. These will keep you hydrated.
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