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Caffeine Crazy: What You Need to Know about Caffeine

Caffeine. Like sugar, it’s one of those substances that seems to exist in every product. For many people, life without that morning cup of joe is a struggle. If you’re only drinking the equivalent of a cup or two a day, you’re probably not endangering your health. The trouble is, many of us ingest excess amounts of caffeine, often without realizing it.

Caffeine Quantities

One cup of filtered coffee contains 140 mg of caffeine, while an equivalent amount of instant coffee contains 100 mg. Switching to decaffeinated coffee drastically reduces your caffeine intake, but even decaf brands can contain as much as 10 mg per cup.

A cup of tea contains, on average, 75 mg of caffeine, while green tea provides about 25 mg, depending on how it’s brewed.What you need to know about caffeeine

Soda is another common source of caffeine, with soft drinks containing 40 mg a can. Energy drinks have much more — a can of Red Bull has 80 mg of caffeine.

In addition to drinks, you’re often ingesting caffeine when you eat ice cream, yogurt, chocolate, and some snack foods. Chocolate typically has 23 to 50 mg of caffeine per 50 grams. Hot cocoa contains 20 mg per cup.

Caffeine’s Physical Effects

Most researchers agree drinking three to four cups of coffee a day has no long-term effects, but it’s important to remember some people — especially children — are more sensitive to caffeine than others.

In low doses, caffeine stimulates the nervous system, making people feel more alert, able to think faster, and experience a slight increase in coordination. Drink too much, however, and your stress levels increase while concentration suffers. You get fidgety and irritable, and have difficulty sleeping.

Caffeine is also a mild diuretic, causing increased urination. It’s possible to become mildly dehydrated due to caffeine consumption, especially if you aren’t replacing fluids with water.

Is Caffeine Addictive?

We’ve all heard or said it: “I need my coffee fix.” By strict clinical definitions, caffeine isn’t addictive. Consuming caffeine is a choice, not a driving need.

You can, however, develop a physical dependence on caffeine. Cutting out caffeine after regular consumption can cause headaches, irritability, drowsiness, and a lack of concentration.

Limiting Caffeine

Try to limit your caffeine consumption. Water is a healthier alternative to any caffeinated beverage, but if you crave hot drinks, herbal teas contain less caffeine and offer a world of new tastes when made with filtered water. Pay attention to the foods you consume and the amount of caffeine they contain.

Children are especially susceptible to caffeine’s effects. If they want a drink with big flavor, infuse filtered water with kiwi, berries, and lemon using a Pelican H2Go infuser bottle. You can even create a soda-like experience by carbonating filtered water with a countertop carbonating appliance.

If you continue to drink coffee in large amounts, make it taste better by brewing it with filtered water. You will be more likely to savor your beverage, reducing your trips to the coffee machine. And maybe, just maybe, you’ll discover less caffeine makes you feel better.

A Disclaimer: The information on this website has not been reviewed by the FDA. Products offered for sale herein are not intended to treat, cure, or prevent any disease or health condition. No medical claims are being made or implied. Contaminants mentioned are not necessarily in your water.

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