March is National Caffeine Awareness Month! That’s right—it’s time to focus on the most statistically abused substance in America. Whether you get it in your coffee, your chocolate, your soda pop, or in certain alcoholic beverages, the odds say that you’re getting it somehow. In fact, it would be difficult not to consume caffeine on a near-daily basis in some way, shape, or form. Most Americans end up drinking caffeine daily without even knowing it.
While it isn’t the end of the world if we indulge ourselves with a cup of coffee or an energy drink every now and again, caffeine dependency can be somewhat difficult to overcome. We have to be careful about the amounts of caffeine that we consume on a daily basis. Over the years, caffeine has been linked to various health issues including headaches, shakiness, irritability and mood swings to more serious health concerns.
Some things that you didn’t know about caffeine:
Caffeine is the most widely used behaviorally active drug in the world with an estimated 80-90% of adults and children habitually consuming caffeine.
- Caffeine is a strong diuretic that increases blood flow through the kidneys.
- Females metabolize caffeine 20-30% more quickly than males.
Caffeine is absorbed rapidly into the bloodstream and reaches maximum concentration within about one hour.
9 in 10 Americans consume some type of caffeine regularly.
Coffee is the leading dietary source of caffeine among adults in the United States, while soft drinks represent the largest source of caffeine for children.
- The average American consumes about 200 mg of caffeine a day.
Although, caffeine is not all bad for you, it’s important to monitor how much you’re consuming in a day and find the right amount for you! Take this quiz to see if you are addicted to caffeine.