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How much coffee should you be drinking?
    2015-03-20  08:53    Shenzhen Daily

    COFFEE is good for both mental and physical health, and it’s recommended that you drink java before a workout. But like every other healthy food or drink, too much of it can produce side effects. To determine your daily dose, here are some factors to consider.

    1. Everyone’s different

    Dietary experts concluded that strong evidence shows moderate coffee consumption (up to 400 milligram/day caffeine) isn’t tied to any long-term dangers for healthy people. The word “healthy” is key, and this is a general statement, not a directive. In other words, they aren’t saying that everyone should drink three to five cups a day.

    Even if it may offer some benefits, it’s 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.

    2. Your current health matters

    If you already have heart disease or other chronic conditions, you may still need to curb your coffee consumption. For example, people who suffer from gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) or other digestive disorders feel much better when they eliminate it, as do those who have anxiety disorders. And while coffee hasn’t been shown to cause high blood pressure across the board, it may aggravate the condition.

    3. Be mindful of your sleep

    One thing we know for certain is that caffeine interferes with sleep for most people, and catching enough zzz’s is critical for mental and physical well- being, as well as for weight control. A good rule of thumb is to nix all caffeine at least six hours before bed. So if you’re tempted to pour another cup when you’re in an afternoon slump, find other ways to perk up, like going for a quick walk, listening to a five-minute guided meditation, or drinking a cold glass of water.

    4. Consider what else is in your cup

    Many people aren’t able to drink coffee without doctoring it up with some kind of milk and sweetener, and those extras can add up to surplus calories that feed fat cells. For example, 150 calories (roughly the amount in a skinny vanilla latte) doesn’t sound like much, but downing an extra 150 calories above and beyond what your body needs to support your ideal weight each day can leave you 5 to 8 kilos heavier. Not to mention that extra cups of joe tend to crowd out water, the ultimate beverage for optimal health. Balance is always the goal.

    (SD-Agencies)

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