I will admit that I drink up to 12 cups of coffee a day. Those of us that are “coffee addicts” may even have more. I don’t drink it all day long but, have most of my intake in by noon. Many other people I know to include my Dad drink the dark stuff all day long and just keep re-filling the cup. I see nothing wrong with that. In fact when I hit that 3 p.m. slump of working I have a cup or two as well.
Now lets look at what the “experts” believe is the right amount.
How many cups of coffee should you drink a day?
According to the FDA, 400 mg per day of caffeine (that’s about four cups of coffee) is a safe amount of caffeine for healthy adults. But too much caffeine—500 to 600 mg—can be dangerous, causing restlessness, tremors, irritability, insomnia and stomach upset.
Wow! They sure make caffeine consumption scary. Let’s look at it this way. You know your body and how much it can handle. Drink what you love in moderation. That simple right?
I am a member of a few groups on Facbook™ related to coffee. I see a lot of people say the doctor says, “I can’t have coffee anymore.” This is not likely to them drinking too much coffee but, rather another health problem that caffeine would aggravate. ie, high blood pressure, stomach ulcers, high anxiety. (1) You get the point. Everything in moderation. And for those with health problems that truly love the taste of coffee and would really miss it; half-caf coffee or decaf are options. Don’t shoot me I said decaf. But, I would rather you drink that then die from caffeine issues.
Looking at the bad stuff is no fun. Truth be told coffee has many health benefits and is where most Americans get their antioxidants.
A few health benefits of coffee
The potential health benefits associated with drinking coffee include: protecting against type 2 diabetes, Parkinson’s disease, liver disease, liver cancer, and promoting a healthy heart. (2) With that being said you have to ask yourself are the benefits worth the risk? And I know for the sake of my sanity and the protection of the people around me. Coffee is staying around for a bit.
I will say that this morning was a rough one and even my daughter said, “Mom you need to get up a bit earlier to have coffee before you get us ready for school.” I am quite the bear in the morning and really feel bad when I am grumpy as I don’t mean to. I will make that promise to my kids to get up with enough time to drink a cup before the morning routine chaos begins. I think it’s been just in the past month or so but, it’s getting harder to get up when that alarm clock rings. And by 2 p.m. or so I am spent and all I want to do is nap. I do have thyroid disease and my medication is on point but, lately the symptoms are driving me up the wall. Coffee at least helps with some of the sluggishness.
I will end my ramblings for today. Let me know your thoughts in the comments below 🙂