March Is National Caffeine Awareness Month, Be Smart

Caffeine is one of Americans’ favorite things. Indeed, many people depend on at least one fresh cup of coffee to start their morning. Moreover, many of us drink these beverages throughout the day. For example, tea, sodas, and energy drinks. And, while caffeine gets us started in the morning and has some positive health benefits, overconsumption can lead to problems.

 

Caffeine: Don’t Get Addicted

The downsides are well documented. Consuming more than 400 mg per day could trigger anxiety, insomnia, and increased blood pressure. So in 2003, the Caffeine Awareness Alliance formed to advocate for drinking coffee and other drinks with moderation.  Thus was the month of March designated as National Caffeine Awareness Month.

 

Caffeine: Recommendations Against Excessive Consumption

  1. Exercise to clear your mind

    Instead of relying on it to get you through the day, try exercising. It can be as simple as going for a run after a long, hard day, or starting off your morning an energy-boosting jog.

  2. Drink, drink, drink — more water

    Keeping hydrated, provides plenty of energy, helps clear your skin, and decreases your chances of getting a headache. It also helps lessen your craving.

  3. Cut down your coffee consumption

    Don’t get addicted. Take this time to reduce your typical coffee intake, whether that’s eliminating one cup per day or cutting out coffee for the whole month.

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