Caffeine is by far the world’s most popular and easily available stimulant. Found in drinks such as coffee, tea or carbonated beverages. Although it can trigger anxiety in some people, caffeine is mainly known to stimulate minds and give a happy feeling to users.
How does caffeine work?
Caffeine works by blocking adenosine receptors in our brain. Adenosine1 receptor (A1) promotes sleepiness, and by blocking it, caffeine leads to alertness and feeling awake.
Benefits of caffeine:
• Good mood: Caffeine can increase dopamine secretion in your body, leading to a happy feeling and increased productivity.
• More power: Just 400 to 600mg of caffeine can lead to A temporary power boost. Especially for those drinkers who don’t frequently intake caffeine, it can give much more strength during training. Caffeine can also help you recover after a workout. Try and take caffeine alongside carbohydrates which will help with glycogen replenishment.
• Weight loss: Caffeine helps triglycerides release fatty acids used by the body as fuel, resulting in fat loss.
Less is more
As far as regular caffeine intake goes, it is a fact that frequently consuming caffeine leads to a tolerance to be created within our bodies. When caffeine reaches its limit, higher amounts of caffeine will simply not yield better results. While for people who intake caffeine once or twice a week, the results will be much higher and better in comparison.
While non-frequent users can use caffeine to increase their productivity, regular users can maintain their normal productivity levels by taking the same amount due to the tolerance created in their bodies. To wear out this situation, lessening your intake for some time can help reduce tolerance, and you can restart your caffeine consumption.
How much caffeine is too much caffeine?
Although the dosage can be measured, the symptoms also depend on each individual’s body capacity and health. While some can easily drink multiple cups of coffee in a day, some can only perform their day’s functions after getting their much-needed cup of coffee. Some people cannot stomach more than one cup. Some people get symptoms such as high blood pressure spikes, nerves, disrupted sleep cycles and more. 400mg is the amount of caffeine, according to health experts, that a healthy adult can take in one day without any significant health problems. The limit can be significantly lesser for pregnant women or based on your body.