Caffeine, caffeine, caffeine.

There’s nothing like a cup of coffee in the morning to wake you up. But in different cultures people use various types of drinks and foods to rouse them and get them ready for the day. Many of these drinks have become popular across the world and now with the popularity of energy drinks, caffeine is everywhere! But how much is too much you may ask? Are all sources of caffeine the same? We had similar questions, so we decided to do some investigation and this is what we found.

While the science behind caffeine is complicated, it’s important to understand the basics. Basically, we have these things called adenosine receptors in our brains. When adenosine connects to its receptors, you become sleepy. Caffeine connects to the same receptors and stops adenosine from being able to connect, but the difference is that caffeine doesn’t make you sleepy. Instead, this process speeds up neural activity, making you feel energized and excited.

Most doctors suggest drinking no more than 500 milligrams of caffeine a day, and remember that the more caffeine you drink doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll feel more energized! Caffeine’s effect slowly weakens the more you consume it, so make sure to moderate how much you drink.

1. Coffee

Perhaps the most common means of getting caffeine in the west, coffee shops are everywhere and whether it’s a mocha frappuccino, iced latte, or a flat white, they all contain delicious doses of caffeine. But as you can imagine, caffeine levels can vary greatly depending on the quality and type of coffee, but also how the coffee is brewed. We suggest sticking to better quality coffee, which may come at a higher price, but drinking it less often. Not only is higher quality coffee less processed, but it is easier on your digestive system. Our final suggestion would be to pay attention to the milk and sugar that often come in coffee, while sugar is tasty, if you drink too much of it too often, it can actually slow your brain down!

“Sounds kind of like a drink for your granny, but tea can actually contain surprising amounts of caffeine!”

3. Tea

Sounds kind of like a drink for your granny, but tea can actually contain surprising amounts of caffeine, and in many ways is energizing in a gentler and smoother way than coffee or energy drinks. For example the tea mate contains a natural source of caffeine, but it also contains theophylline and theobromine, all of which are stimulants. Black tea also has caffeine and theophylline, but it also contains polyphenols, which are antioxidants.

“Remember, the more caffeine you drink doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll feel more energized!”

2. Energy drinks

The energy drink industry is booming and getting bigger by the minute. Energy drinks are a tasty, quick, but cool and refreshing way to perk yourself up. Energy drinks contain caffeine, but they also contain vitamins, minerals, and flavourings. Many energy drinks contain taurine, which is an amino acids that is a building block of proteins. Proteins are necessary for your brain to communicate and process information correctly. Many energy drinks also contain ginseng or ginkgo biloba, which have been shown to improve mental performance and memory retention. While scrumptious, many energy drinks contains loads of sugar, which as mentioned above is a no-no, so make sure to buy sugar-free ones.

4. Caffeine powder

Some of you may not be aware, but you can actually buy caffeine powder and add it to your drinks. Called caffeine anhydrous, it is a white powder that can be added to any drink and is a great option for those who drink smoothies in the morning and just don’t have time to grab a coffee. If you’re careful of how much you add and how often you drink it, you should be able to enjoy a powerful but enjoyable buzz.

1. Coffee

Perhaps the most common means of getting caffeine in the west, coffee shops are everywhere and whether it’s a mocha frappuccino, iced latte, or a flat white, they all contain delicious doses of caffeine. But as you can imagine, caffeine levels can vary greatly depending on the quality and type of coffee, but also how the coffee is brewed. We suggest sticking to better quality coffee, which may come at a higher price, but drinking it less often. Not only is higher quality coffee less processed, but it is easier on your digestive system. Our final suggestion would be to pay attention to the milk and sugar that often come in coffee, while sugar is tasty, if you drink too much of it too often, it can actually slow your brain down!

“Remember, the more caffeine you drink doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll feel more energized!”

2. Energy drinks

The energy drink industry is booming and getting bigger by the minute. Energy drinks are a tasty, quick, but cool and refreshing way to perk yourself up. Energy drinks contain caffeine, but they also contain vitamins, minerals, and flavourings. Many energy drinks contain taurine, which is an amino acids that is a building block of proteins. Proteins are necessary for your brain to communicate and process information correctly. Many energy drinks also contain ginseng or ginkgo biloba, which have been shown to improve mental performance and memory retention. While scrumptious, many energy drinks contains loads of sugar, which as mentioned above is a no-no, so make sure to buy sugar-free ones.

3. Tea

Sounds kind of like a drink for your granny, but tea can actually contain surprising amounts of caffeine, and in many ways is energizing in a gentler and smoother way than coffee or energy drinks. For example the tea mate contains a natural source of caffeine, but it also contains theophylline and theobromine, all of which are stimulants. Black tea also has caffeine and theophylline, but it also contains polyphenols, which are antioxidants.

“Sounds kind of like a drink for your granny, but tea can actually contain surprising amounts of caffeine!”

4. Caffeine powder

Some of you may not be aware, but you can actually buy caffeine powder and add it to your drinks. Called caffeine anhydrous, it is a white powder that can be added to any drink and is a great option for those who drink smoothies in the morning and just don’t have time to grab a coffee. If you’re careful of how much you add and how often you drink it, you should be able to enjoy a powerful but enjoyable buzz.