Coffee and Caffeine . . . How much is too much?

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Coffee and Caffeine . . . How much is too much?

Coffee is a critical part to most people’s morning routine, including my own. That warm beverage, first thing in the morning, is something I always look forward to. Coffee and the caffeine that comes with it actually come with a plethora of health benefits such as:

  • Decrease of fatigue
  • Improved mental functioning
  • Antioxidants and minerals

But too much of a good thing can quickly become bad.

When I was 17 and prepping for my first bodybuilding show, I was addicted to caffeine. That sounds dramatic, but it’s the truth! My typical day consisted of a cup of coffee in the morning, a pre-workout just about an hour later, a Monster energy drink in the afternoon, and a double or triple espresso in the evening (I was working at Starbucks, so quick jolts of energy were always at the ready). This equates to roughly a gram a day! For anyone concerned with heart health, longevity, and general body functions, this is a huge problem.

Excessive caffeine consumption can lead to:

  • Insomnia
  • Increased blood pressure
  • Boost in blood glucose levels
  • Boost in risk of heart disease
  • Rapid heart rate

My goal for this email isn’t to scare you away from caffeine. Like I stated previously, there’s plenty of benefits with it, and black coffee is my go-to pre-workout! However, it’s something we need to be mindful of, as excessive consumption can lead to long term effects. Because of this, I recommend to most and limit myself to two cups of coffee a day, which is about 200mg.

Key Points

  • Decreases fatigue
  • Improves Mental Functioning
  • Boost in blood glucose levels
  • Boost in risk of heart disease
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