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Wake Up and Smell the Coffee

Smell the Coffee - Pro:Kinesis Personal Training, High WycombeHere’s a good question – How much caffeine is good and how much is bad?

Well the answer is… that depends. For most adults, caffeine in excess has some health issues but if you drink between 1-4 cups of coffee a day (200-300mg of caffeine) you could be getting some real benefits.

Caffeine in coffee stimulates the central nervous system, alleviating fatigue, and improving focus and concentration. Some people though are more sensitive to caffeine than others and even one cup can lead to sleeping problems and nervousness. For most people though, too much coffee means more than 4 cups a day, since it can cause restlessness, irritability, insomnia, stomach upset, muscle tremors and a fast heartbeat.

Research also tells us that high consumption of unfiltered coffee is associated with a mild increase in cholesterol levels. Another study showed that some individuals who have a specific, and not uncommon, genetic mutation that slows the breakdown of caffeine in the body are more at risk at developing heart disease. However recent studies have generally found no connection between coffee and increased risk of cancer or heart disease.

On the benefits side, and in addition to the wake up effect, newer studies also show coffee can have a protective effect against developing Parkinson’s disease, type 2 diabetes and liver cancer. Coffee also is a great source of antioxidants to add to your healthy eating habits, but just remember the old saying of everything in moderation and go ahead enjoy a daily dose of 1-4 cups guilt free.