Monday, 30 July 2018
Feeling anxious and irritable? Your daily coffee fix could be to blame
It is most people’s favourite way to start the morning: with a hot coffee in hand. Coffee has become a handy sidekick that gives an extra boost to tackle the day.
A recent rise in temperature (not related to the current heatwave), frequent bathroom breaks, dehydration, dizziness and headaches are signs you could be taking your daily java intake too far. A racing heart, restlessness, anxiety, irritability and trembles are also symptoms of the 6% of Brits who over-caffeinate daily.
So how is it possible to build a dependency? Coffee is a common stimulant that increases adrenalin in the body, making you feel awake and energetic. When enjoyed in moderate amounts, coffee helps you focus and feel mentally alert.
Unsure whether you are part of the population that relies too heavily on a caffeinated routine? It is perfectly safe – and may even be healthy for you – to enjoy between 300 – 400mg of coffee a day. This translates to two medium sized coffees.
Note: Tea has more caffeine than coffee when unmade. But, when tea is made, caffeine is left in the tea leaves than in the liquid. So, do not steep the tea leaves for ages if you do not want to have more caffeine.