Caffeine is used by millions of people every day to increase wakefulness, alleviate fatigue, and improve concentration and focus.
Roughly the amount of caffeine in four cups of brewed coffee is safe for most healthy adults. In fact, a caffeine habit could even reduce risks of cardiovascular disease and type-2 diabetes. Just make sure you take it easy on the milk and sugar.
All the same, its important to listen to your body. Some people can drink a strong cup of coffee and feel fantastic. Others may drink half a cup and feel jittery and be left with an upset stomach. Consider what feels best for you.
If you have stomach ulcers or acid reflux you may want to cut back on your coffee intake because caffeine stimulates acid secretion. If you have an anxiety disorder and get more jittery after a coffee switch to decaf or skip coffee entirely. All of us are different...
After decades of controvery and conflicting evidence, theres still no consensus on how much caffeine is safe during pregnancy. To err on the side of caution, it is recommended that pregnant women limit their caffeine intake to about one 12-ounce cup of coffee.
Other research has shown that newborns whose mother consumed more than 500 mg of caffeine a day had faster heart rates and breathing rates and spent more time awake in the first few days after birth.
Although some studies show an association between high caffeine consumption and a slight reduction in the babys birth weight, other research has shown no link