At some point in our lives, we all have different needs for caffeine. For example, when we were little kids, most physicians would advise our parents not to give us anything with caffeine because it would make us hyperactive. But when we got to our teen years it seemed like our world would be incomplete if we don’t have chocolates, candies and especially soda.
Then here comes adulthood when we become totally dependent on that caffeine fix just to keep ourselves up to the task at hand on the day ahead of us. For women who are pregnant though, doctors aren’t too keen on drinking coffee or anything with caffeine more than once a day.
There is very little study on the exact effects of too much caffeine on unborn children but relatively speaking too much caffeine is not safe for either the mother or the child. This also translates to breastfeeding mothers as the caffeine from the beverages and food they eat may pass to their breast milk and go into the system of the baby which causes a number of effects on the baby like fussiness and irritability. With that in mind, I myself sought an alternate caffeine fix and I found green tea and these are the reasons why.
Why Do I need To Cut Back On Caffeine?
Too much of a good thing is bad. The normal recommended dose for an adult is about 300-400mg of caffeine will be enough for a day. That can be translated into around four cups of fresh hot brewed coffee and about 10 popping soda cans. So unless you exceed these then you are okay. Then again caffeine is not just in coffee and soda. It could also be found in some sugary confections like chocolates, candies and energy drinks. Caffeine can give you a boost of energy once induced and goes into the bloodstream and once it is in your blood, it takes about 24 hours from consumption to get rid of it from your body.
A little caffeine is good for you but it has effects that are not so pretty. You will know if you have had just a little bit too much when you experience one of the following symptoms. You may start to notice that you frequently visit the bathroom to urinate all throughout the day. It is because coffee is a natural diuretic and let’s not forget the caffeine which explains a lot why you urinate often. When you’ve had too much caffeine you may also feel a bit restless, irritable, and slightly jittery or nervous. But if worst comes to worst, you might experience massive headaches or migraine, insomnia, stomach cramps or pain, and trembling muscles all these along with an abnormally fast heart rate.
Did you know that some people are so sensitive to caffeine that they can feel the effects 24 hours after they drink or eat anything with caffeine? On a side note though, some of these side effects of caffeine might easily be observed in people who have very low tolerance on caffeine. They might not just be regular drinkers. Their bodies might not be to keen on that caffeine rush. That is why some people don’t drink coffee. It might be a choice or because they couldn’t help how their body reacts to caffeine.
Green Tea: A Healthy Alternative For That Caffeine Fix
If you’re like me, and you just need to start your day with a hot cup then you probably would like this suggestion. You can always try and drink decaffeinated coffee. They pretty much taste the same with that of the caffeinated one. Or if you are looking for that caffeine fix but want to be a little healthier then why don’t you try green tea. Since I have been breastfeeding, I often search about what I am supposed to eat and what I am not supposed to. Because it will eventually pass on to my breastmilk and to my baby. There are so many bad effects of caffeine when it gets into the system of babies and young kids like fussiness and sleeplessness. So I looked for an alternative and found that green tea is actually a good alternative to my usual morning cup of joe.
Green tea has an accidental rich history. As it turns out, green tea was accidentally discovered in China by Emperor Shennong when he drank boiled water that contained a dead leaf in it. He was surprised that the taste of the water with the dried up dead leaf was to his liking and then it became an instant hit with the elites of China.
For quite some time, since its discovery, green tea was a beverage only for the privileged. Until times have changed and it was a commodity for everyone no matter their status in life. Going further in history, green tea was then sought out by the Brits. When they started trading with China, one of the most traded goods was green tea.
The Europeans brought green tea to their shores which then became their national beverage up to this date. Green tea then made is way to the United States of America when the colonies started. They have found love in drinking green tea and have not looked back since. Japan also jumped on the bandwagon and even have their very prestigious tea ceremonies. But that is another tall tale to tell.
Caffeine in Green Tea
When it comes to thinking of going healthy, nothing has ever gone wrong with going green except of course if we talk about the Incredible Hulk. Kidding aside, did you know that one healthy alternative from a cup of coffee which usually contains more caffeine is the all-natural green tea. Green tea generally contains 25mg of caffeine and some of its variants have low contents of caffeine too. Take for example a teabag from Lipton’s would contain around 16.4mg of caffeine while Decaf Green Tea by Stash contains around 7.6mg of caffeine. It would be safe to say that green tea with all its variants may contain around 12-75mg of caffeine.
This amount of caffeine would be just right under the recommended 300-400mg of caffeine per day. Keep in mind that the recommended dose of caffeine is for an entire day which means if you drink tea several times a day even if they are very low in caffeine, it might still put on the borderline of the limit. That is of course when you add the caffeine you may also be taking in from other foods.
Health and Green Tea
Green tea has to be the healthiest drink on Earth as some experts would say. But maybe their claim isn’t as baseless after all.
Here is a shortlist of the different benefits of drinking green tea.
- Green tea contains loads of antioxidants more specifically polyphenols that help in fighting cancer and lessen inflammation.
- It can help in burning fat and increase physical performances. This claim is still debatable as it may have effects on some people but no effects on others.
- If you drink green tea while you are young, you might have a bigger chance of combating the risks of having Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease. It can also help improve brain functions.
- When it comes to your oral health, you’d be amazed to know that some experts believe that green tea can be helpful in fighting off bacteria as some studies show.
- Green tea may be able to help those who drink it to ward off type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular complications.
- It might also be a link to having a long lifespan, as some studies on people especially in Japan showed signs of longevity while drinking green tea.