Today, there are a lot of studies on the Internet debating the acceptable daily rate of coffee consumption. Almost all of them are unanimous that this rate is individual and depends on each person. Due to my work, I come across people who are used to drinking 5-6 cups of coffee a day and those who feel unwell after just one. The way our body reacts to caffeine depends on a number of factors such as the following:
- blood pressure;
- food eaten prior to consumed coffee;
- sleep regimen.
Most doctors assume that the average rate of caffeine is 300-400 mg per day. However, it is worth noting that this data is an average value between the maximum and minimum rates. Not everybody is recommended to adhere to it.
If I drank even three cups a day, my heart would not withstand that. Though one friend of mine drinks at least four espressos every day and feels well because coffee helps her cope with low blood pressure. Often people drink a lot of coffee without noticing it. For example, they may have one cup in the morning to cheer up, the second one at work with colleagues, a cappuccino for dessert, and one more to take on the go and warm their hands. On top of that, some people still believe that drinks like latte are caffeine-free. That’s a myth, of course.
Since you’ve googled this question, you are most likely to wonder how many cups of coffee you can consume without harm to your health. My advice is to listen to yourself! Don’t rely on any average indices. I think you should drink coffee like wine: to enjoy, examine, or make it a ceremony. To stay awake, you should just have enough sleep.
I’d like to share a few of my personal recommendations for you to understand how much coffee is your adequate dose.
First, try to sleep as much as you need. If you compensate for sleep with caffeine, it won’t give you the energy and strength that you get during night sleep. Lack of sleep has a detrimental effect on our health, skin, and well-being.
Second, do not consider coffee a habit. Let it become a tasty drink for you or an occasion to meet a friend. You can also discover all the versatility of the coffee industry. Limit your coffee consumption for a while to understand how often you want to drink it without the intention to “recharge” or keep your friend company.
Also, do not drink coffee on an empty stomach – do so just after a meal. Coffee strongly irritates the mucous membrane of the stomach and can provoke indigestion or diarrhea.
The fourth piece of advice is about coffee quality. Take a closer look at the freshness of the coffee beans, their origin, and roasting time. Your body can get all the good stuff from coffee only if the beans are of high quality. Try to choose arabica or blends where it prevails.
Here is the most important recommendation. Pay attention to how you feel before and after coffee use, if you have an energy boost (if any), how fast you fall asleep, if there is stomach discomfort, if you have an increased heartbeat, etc. By trial and error, you’ll understand over time whether you can manage another cappuccino or not.
As a barista, sometimes I have to drink a lot of coffee, but I’ve worked out a system that helps me both enjoy the drinks and feel well. For example, in the morning when I need to set up the coffee machine for a delicious espresso, I will either have breakfast before the drink or right after it. When I have to try many different varieties of coffee and drink many cups of coffee, I don’t drink them off. A few sips are enough to understand the taste. I don’t drink more than 2 espressos and one pour-over coffee a day later than three hours before bedtime because I know I’ll get trembling hands and an increased heartbeat. In general, coffee is not your enemy if you don’t abuse it. Treat this beverage as another kind of pleasure and drink it at will.