[BYWG BLOG] Are You Balancing Your Caffeine Intake and Energy ☕

Is caffeine good for us?

As with most things, moderation is key. 

Caffeine is a stimulant. It stimulates your nervous system, which is why you feel more alert and focused after consuming that morning cup of joe. 

 

Caffeine also blocks the production of  adenosine in your brain, which is a compound that makes you sleepy. 

 

Studies have also shown that the caffeine in coffee can actually boost metabolism by 3–11%. 

One study gave some participants coffee with a meal and some without. The thermic effect of the food and fat oxidation were both significantly greater in those who drank coffee.

Interestingly, one study showed coffee increased fat burning by 29% for lean women, but only 10% for obese women. (Source: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/7369170)

Studies also show that regular and low to moderate coffee consumption can also lower your risk for serious health conditions like Type 2 Diabetes, Alzheimers, cancer, and Parkinsons. 

These are all great perks!  So what’s the catch?

Because caffeine is a stimulant, it can also increase your blood pressure and raise your heart rate.  And if you drink TOO much coffee, you may experience some negative side effects. 

Negative side effects of overconsumption include: nervousness/restlessness, anxiety, insomnia, digestive issues, fatigue, and muscle loss. 

It is important to listen to your body when determining the right balance of caffeine in your life. 

Your genes actually play a role in how much caffeine is too much for you… so everyone is different. 

Take a moment to assess your relationship with coffee. If you are experiencing any of the negative side effects, you may be consuming too much caffeine. Moderate and add balance to your intake level so that you can reap the benefits (and enjoy your coffee) without the negative side effects of too much caffeine.

 

How many cups of coffee do you drink per day?