How Much Caffeine is in Your Favorite Beverage?

I am the first one to admit, I love coffee-but not caffeine.

We must be aware of how much caffeine our beverages contain.

An 8 oz. cup of coffee has about 100 mg of caffeine. A soda such as Coke or Mountain Dew has about 50 mg. Energy drinks can have between 80 – 240 mg depending on the size. The problem with all that caffeine is that it is rapidly absorbed into the blood stream and easily passes the blood-brain barrier as a stimulant to the nervous system. So if you have experienced heart palpitations or heart flutters, caffeine may be the cause. Sodas are also either loaded with sugar, about 12 teaspoons per can,  or they have artificial sweeteners that lead to a host of other problems, most recently suspected of leading to dementia and stroke. Soda is just plain bad for you, no matter what.

Caffeine also dehydrates you. So for every cup of caffeine you drink, you need to replace it with water.

Our brains and organs are largely made of water, so becoming dehydrated is dangerous, as is overdosing on Caffeine. Adults should have no more than 400 mg  daily, while teens should have no more than 100 mg. And teen are the ones drinking loads of sodas and energy drinks loaded with caffeine and sugar-a recipe for disaster. A 16 year old boy just died from drinking a cup of coffee, a Mountain Dew and an energy drink within the span of a couple of hours. This is a serious issue. Caffeine is a stimulant, and therefore a drug. 

If you love coffee and tea like I do, a health tip is to cut back by mixing decaf in your morning pot, or switching to decaf after two cups in the morning. Remember to have at least eight cups of water per day. Green tea is a very healthy beverage and a cup contains only about 25 mg. Try one of these tips and see if you don’t feel better. Let me know how you do!

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