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Some years ago, I also had to decide how much caffeine was good for me.
From the smell to the taste.
And not just any coffee.
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I like strong black coffee.
Also, my second favorite drink is a popular tea from South America called mate.
In Rio de Janeiro, my hometown, we drink it cold, and it’s very refreshing.
With or without lemon, mate is my beverage of choice when I go to Brazil to visit my mom.
What can I say? I love it!
But guess what?
Mate is also a caffeine a bomb.
I’m not going to get into the discussion of which one is better.
If you want to learn more, there are various articles on the subject on the Internet, like this one.
Still, there’s one thing we need to think about:
How does caffeine affect us?
My recent story with caffeine
In my worst caffeine days, I used to drink between 7 to 8 cups of coffee a day.
Back in the day, it was my source of hydration.
It was too much!
At a certain point, I didn’t even enjoy it anymore.
I grabbed the next one just to keep on moving.
My body was so accustomed to all that caffeine; it needed more and more to keep functioning.
But, needless to say, it kept backfiring on me.
When I started with fitness contest preparation, I cut down the coffee drastically.
The main reason was me always adding sugar to it, and that was a no-no for my diet.
My alternative was energy drinks and pre-workouts.
What I didn’t know back then is that I performed A LOT better with fewer stimulants.
I realized not only I felt great, but I also slept better, with just one, maximum 2, cups of coffee per day.
Accept that everyone is different
I have this secret dream that I’ll live caffeine free in the future.
While I’ve never been able to pass the crush period to know it for sure, I have a feeling it’s the ideal scenario for me.
Until I get there, I had to decide how much caffeine was good for me.
What about you?
Personally, I think it’s a question only YOU can answer.
I’m not questioning the validity of studies and trials, but our body is unique.
How can a substance work the same for everyone?
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How can you determine it then?
The 3 steps I took to lower my caffeine intake were:
- Measured how much coffee I drank
- Tracked how I felt during the day
- Tried to drink less
Give them a shot and see how it works for you.
Have in mind that coffee and tea aren’t the only sources of caffeine we consume on a regular basis.
Before you go
Can you answer the following question in the comments below, please?
How many cups of coffee (or tea) do you drink on a daily basis?