How Much Coffee Should I Drink A Day? - With Canada even joining the giant coffee train with Tim Horton’s 24oz size and coffee drinking throughout the world generally being out of control you have to ask yourself how much can you drink every day and keep the habit healthy?
How Much Coffee Should I Drink A Day?
The health benefits of coffee have really been coming out recently with claims that it is good for keeping diabetes, dementia, Parkinson’s, heart disease and more at bay. It’s thought to help with dieters by suppressing hunger and keeping you regular. The caffeine is the main known element of that but a number of minerals such as magnesium, chromium and antioxidants.
If you drink it black or just with a little milk and only drink a couple of cups a day then it could well be doing you some good. But like anything there is likely a limit and it is possible to cross that healthy threshold!
Addiction and other issues related to caffeine are the things to watch out for, as well as drinking so much that you just pee yourself out in public or worse! For some people caffeine even causes constrictions of the throat and heart, something I suffer from a little myself if I consume too much caffeine.
A great article from the BBC followed up with some details after a teenager was taken to hospital due to an espresso overdose, she had shakes, was laughing and crying and heavy sweats along with burning up! She only had seven espresso coffees.
The article talks about how much caffeine is safe. It says that a normal cup of filter coffee contains roughly 120mg of caffeine, Instant has roughly 75mg and espresso roughly 107mg.
Caffeine can be lethal with it being about 90mg per two pints of blood for an average person. Luckily that is around 200 instant cups per day. That doesn’t mean that you can drink as much up to 200 as you want, obviously before it becomes lethal there are always other side effects.
Coffee could be affecting your sleep and you could even be addicted, two very unhealthy things. Some say anymore than 6 cups a day is enough to get you hooked and if you have trouble sleeping at all then the coffee could be the culprit and you may be drinking too much.
A slow withdrawal may well be needed and bringing yourself down to an amount somewhere around 2-3 regular sized cups a day.
Personally I can see and believe coffee is healthy. It feels good to drink 1-2 cups a day but with the absolutely huge sizes available now it is easy for anyone to get addicted and even overdose.
I think people really need to track what they are drinking and curb it if it seems excessive. It is easy to grab a coffee and seemingly healthier than a soft drink or any sugar filled beverage.
How much coffee do you think is healthy?
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Thanks for reading.