2022 HowMuchCoffeeIsSafeSamboan, Cebu - Do you start your day with a cup of coffee or tea in the hopes that the caffeine will get you going? Do you have one or two more caffeinated drinks after it and then continue to have coffee throughout the day?

According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), healthy adults should consume 400 mg of caffeine each day, or about as much as 10 cans of cola or four cups of brewed coffee. Remember that different drinks have different amounts of caffeine, especially in energy drinks where the amount is typically not dangerous or harmful.

People are frequently more prone to the effects of coffee and other substances under certain medical conditions. Additionally, the regulatory body advises discussing whether you need to limit your caffeine intake with your healthcare practitioner if you're pregnant, attempting to get pregnant, breastfeeding, worried about another condition, or taking any medications.

The American Academy of Pediatrics on the other hand advises against children and teenagers consuming coffee and other stimulants because the FDA has not established a limit for them. Caffeine usage is not recommended for kids, even though it may be safe for adults. It is important to warn teenagers and young adults about using too much coffee and combining it with alcohol and other drugs.

If you drink more than 4 cups of caffeinated coffee per day (or the equivalent), you should cut back. Caffeine overdose can cause:

  • Headache
    • Insomnia
    • Nervousness
    • Irritability
    • Frequent urination or inability to control urination
    • Fast heartbeat
    • Muscle tremors

Caffeine is probably a part of your daily routine of most adults. Though, it’s not harmful to one's health, but it is important to be aware of its potential side effects and be prepared to reduce your intake if necessary. // ND II Bea Margaux E. Cornelia, RND