Thanks to coffee, we can manage sleepiness, be more efficient at work and get up on the right foot every morning. In Norway, the average person drinks about 3.1 cups of coffee per day. However, how much coffee should we drink?
Excess caffeine is not good for us
Caffeine has positive properties for the body. However, consuming excess caffeine can generate counterproductive effects on the health of any person.
An overdose of this alkaloid is enough to cause dangerous symptoms such as:
- Muscle tremors
- Cardiac arrhythmia
Although a person will need to consume a significant amount of caffeine to suffer from a medical problem of these proportions, one may even die from an overdose of caffeine.
It all depends on the body of a given individual.
How much caffeine is in a cup of coffee?
Knowing how much caffeine is in a cup of coffee is something very relative. It depends on the quantity and quality of the ground beans used in the blend of this popular beverage.
It is estimated that only one cup of this substance may contain between 50 and 400 mg of caffeine. The amount depends on the distribution between the amount of coffee and water in each cup.
We also know that a dose of 10 grams can be fatal to the human body.
That said, a person will need to drink 25 cups of strong coffee in a very short amount of time to experience complications.
How much coffee ?: Weight and toxic dose
However, it also depends on the person’s weight. What is the correct dose of caffeine?
- To give an example, a person who does not weigh more than 50 kg can experience serious problems if he or she ingests 7.5 grams of caffeine. It may even be enough to risk death.
- Furthermore, a person weighing more than 78 kilograms consuming 12 grams of caffeine can be subject to mortality. Some analyzes suggest that consuming more than 90 servings of espresso can lead to immediate death.
We need to be very careful with children when it comes to caffeine since they have a faster metabolism.
- For children, 35 milligrams per kilogram would be enough for a severe caffeine overdose.
- Either way, this is an amount of coffee that an adult does not tend to drink at one time.
The right amount of coffee
At the moment it is assumed that we should not consume more than 4 cups of coffee per day. It is the ideal consumption limit, but there are some people who exceed it drastically.
When we take this into account, we should assume each body’s tolerance for certain substances is a unique and irreversible ability.
Going over our own limits can lead to minor symptoms such as the following:
- Difficulty sleeping
- Abdominal pain
- Accelerated pulse
There are other options than drinking too much coffee
If we want to be more efficient, stay awake or wake up with more bounce, there are some other options that can complement the need for coffee.
For example, a little chocolate can give us energy and even activate substances such as endorphins and phenylethylamine, which are linked to the feeling of happiness.
In addition, there are teas available that can stimulate us and keep us very focused and concentrated. Some of these drinks have caffeine, but only in very small amounts.
The best news is that caffeine is not the only alkaloid out there that can increase our physical and intellectual performance.
Avoid becoming addicted to coffee
Drinking coffee or other caffeinated beverages with a meal can help maintain good blood pressure. However, it is never a good idea to abuse it as it can cause other medical problems.
In all likelihood, caffeine is the most widely used and known legal substance in the entire world. However, it is also true that it is a psychotropic drug and can as a result lead to addiction for those who are in the habit of drinking it.
Regular coffee drinkers experience withdrawal symptoms if they do not ingest caffeine within 24 hours of the previous cup.
To be more specific, we refer to muscle pain and headaches, physical fatigue and difficulty concentrating.
So the drowsiness and lack of attention that we feel when we do not get enough caffeine can actually be a result of drinking coffee often.
To sum up, drinking coffee will not have a negative impact on our body as long as we drink it in moderation.
The benefits are positive for our productivity, but abuse of this can have the opposite effect.