Quick Tips About Drinking Your Favorite Coffee in Moderation
Note from Lana | Lifestyle Queen Bee: I can’t start my day without a cup of coffee. It helps wake me up, feel warm and kick start my brain for another day. I love it in all forms – iced coffees, cappuccinos, lattes – but drinking all that coffee can have a toll on you. Between yellowing teeth to pesky withdrawals when you haven’t had your daily cup, learning how to wean yourself off is in your best interest. Guest Blogger, Sarah Jones, is sharing her tips on how you can still enjoy your drink of choice in moderation.
Coffee is one of the world’s most popular drinks and serves as a great way to improve your mood and make your day a bit easier. With its several health benefits, it’s no surprise that over 80 percent of adults consume at least one cup of coffee a day. This is especially true since there is a coffee shop at every corner or a coffee maker at home or work making coffee readily available.
Because of this, it is easy to consume copious amounts of coffee each day, but is there a limit to how much coffee you should be drinking? The answer is yes. Beyond a certain limit, coffee can have a negative impact on your body and overall health and you should incorporate simple practices in order to consume it only in moderation.
Not All Coffee Is The Same
Coffee is produced all over the world and is sold in many different varieties and roasts. Whole beans are usually sold in two different varieties, which are known as Arabica and Robusta beans. Arabica beans are usually more flavorful and are often of higher quality compared to Robusta beans.
Coffee’s flavor is also determined by its roast. Coffee is roasted longer to produce a darker roast, which is also more bold and aromatic compared to lighter roasts. Darker roasts also contain less caffeine compared to lighter roasts.
Although coffee is known to make you feel more alert, drinking too much can cause you to feel sleepy, jittery, irritable, nauseous or just generally unwell. To maximize the benefits of coffee, there are many ways to choose coffee beans that will minimize the effects of overconsumption.
First, you should try switching to a darker roast which contains less caffeine compared to a lighter roast. If you prefer the taste of lighter roasts, you can also try decaffeinated coffee in a lighter roast which will enable you to enjoy your favorite drink minus the effects of caffeine.
Tips For Limiting Your Coffee Intake
There are also several things you can do to help you drink coffee in moderation besides choosing a different roast. Timing might be everything. Since most people rely on coffee to help wake them up and keep them more alert, try only drinking it when you feel like you need it. For some people, this might be first thing in the morning. But for others, this may be later in the afternoon when they feel like their energy levels are lower like after lunch.
Reducing coffee intake might be a very difficult thing if you are used to five or six cups a day. In this case, you might try weaning yourself off coffee over several weeks. You can do this until you are down to just one to two cups of coffee each day in order to prevent caffeine withdrawal.
One helpful tip is to try replacing your normal cups of coffee with water or a healthy juice or incorporating a quick five to ten minute walks when you are used to making yourself a cup of coffee. The endorphins and increased blood flow can be sufficient to give you a boost of energy, improve your mood, and make your mind feel sharper.
Why Monitoring Your Coffee Intake Is Good For You
Coffee, when consumed in moderation, has several life benefits, while overconsumption can have several adverse effects on your health. It can make you jittery, nauseous, but more importantly, it can make you feel tired and interfere with healthy sleep patterns. This is because it blocks certain receptors in your brain responsible for that tired or sleepy feeling. Sleep is crucial for both your mind and body to run effectively which is why you need to avoid coffee in the evening.
Taking a few steps to help lower your consumption of coffee to one or two cups a day will have many positive benefits for your life. Keeping your coffee consumption limited to one or two cups of coffee a day can improve your overall health and will help you get a more restful night’s sleep.
Try weaning yourself off in one to two-cup increments if you are a heavy drinker. You can also switch to a darker roast that contains less caffeine. These quick and simple tips will help you manage your coffee consumption so that you can still enjoy your favorite cup of joe without sacrificing your health or sleep.
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Guest Blogger Bio:
Sarah writes for We Dream of Coffee.
She enjoys learning about the drink as much as she likes to drink it. Still, she wants everyone to know that it comes with its limits and it should be enjoyed moderately.