As we get older…and busier…many things change. Am I right…or am I right? 🙂 One of these things is our energy levels. We just aren’t the same people we were when we were 10 and every minute of every day is an endless sprint of energy and playtime and freedom and fun. Our days are now filled with “adulting”…working, bills, chores, families, side hobbies, and trying to stay sane. All of which requires energy. Now we are endlessly seeking out ways to rekindle our childhood flames in order to just power through one more day. One more day of 4am wake up calls and a busy 24 hours of doing what we need to do to survive. Which, however unfortunate, is the reality for many of us. To quench this search for energy, it usually has us reaching for highly caffeinated coffee by the I-V loads. Essentially an intravenous slow drip of the chicory goodness.
But how much is TOO much?
Studies show that 400mg of caffeine is the healthy daily dose for most adults. That’s equal to about 4 cups of regularly brewed coffee. What the bags of beans normally DON’T tell you, is that if you consume this much on a regular basis, your body will build up a tolerance. Thus, you find yourself needing more and more just to feel the same effects as you used to.
What happens when you drink more than the recommended dose?
Well, you may experience symptoms such as:
- nervousness and anxiety
- frequent urination
- irritability and restlessness
- elevated feelings of stress
- shakes and jitters
- adrenal fatigue – when combined with other forms of stimulants and stressors
Not to mention, caffeine consumption creates an unwanted cycle of sleeplessness. We usually consume coffee because we feel tired. But caffeine is a stimulant, so it keeps us up at night, and we are UNABLE to sleep….thus more coffee the next day while we are running on not-so-optimal 4 hours of sleep each night. See the problem?
Rest assured however, there are a few ways to dial back your reliance.
- Keep tabs on consumption – make a mental note to always record and keep track of how much caffeine you’re consuming. When you’re reaching your daily levels…STOP.
- Get better sleep – sleeping 7-9 hours of GOOD sleep each night decreases your need for caffeine and other stimulants because your body is rested and has enough energy to make it throughout the day.
- Cycle your sources – there are other natural forms of caffeine such as herbal teas. Try going every other day, cycling teas and coffees. This way, your body won’t build up as strong as a tolerance, and you will feel the same effects with smaller doses.
Alright…who’s ready to go attack the day now?!!? Or are you looking for some NATURAL remedies aside from caffeine, that will provide your body with endless amounts of ENERGY?! Check out 3 Ways to Naturally Boost Your Energy and Power Through Your Day!
-The Well Life Coach