No doubt that caffeine can alert you and enhance your performance in a short term. However, excessive caffeine intake stimulates the cascade of stress hormones in the body including cortisol which intensify the body’s stress response. When stress hormones are chronically elevated in the body as a result day to day life stress, sedentary life style and excessive caffeine intake can have detrimental health effect and well-being. Over secretion of cortisol and other stress hormones can inhibit the secretion of growth hormone, thyroid and, reproductive function, promote fat deposits in the abdominal area, increase insulin resistance, hypertension and interfere with proper bone deposition resulting into clinical illness like obesity, diabetes, heart disease and bone disease.
Therefore, reducing caffeine intake can help your body better repair from the effect of stress hormones. Up to 400 mg of caffeine appears to be safe for healthy adults. Actual caffeine content varies depending on the drinks but your caffeine should be limited to no more than 4 cups of brewed coffee/day. Please look at the caffeine in other drinks like cola and energy drinks that may usually are heavily caffeinated. So, before you grab your next caffeinated drink, treat your body with any herbal tea of your choice. We will be sharing a therapeutic basil tea recipe next Thursday.