As a society it is evident that we can't have too much caffeine. Of course this isn't true because caffeine's LD50 in humans is around 150mg per kg of body weight. Luckily, the vast majority of us don't reach the point of caffeine overdose. However, we certainly pay a premium on how we ingest our daily caffeine.
Why do we drink so much caffeine?
- Many people absolutely need it to get out of the bed in the morning.
- Many people will drink coffee or energy drinks in order to remain alert while driving, while staying up studying for finals and exams, and other mentally demanding things.
- We love the taste of coffee and sodas and drink it anyway.
Many people drink coffee in the morning in order to wake themselves up the rest of the day. Some have even admitted to not liking coffee that much, but enjoying the buzz of caffeine. Considering this, people jam the drive-thru and create long lines at coffee shops around the country, including Starbucks which lines every square inch of the world.
Next time you are at your coffee shop look at the price you are paying. 2, 3, 4, 5 dollars for every coffee product you get depending on how fancy. Now multiply that by every day you buy one of these drinks. You are wasting an awful lot of money just to have your caffeine fix in the morning. The Consumerist reported that their prices have increased by 17% even still as of recent. Even more reason to cut back.
The same goes for those who are regular users of energy drinks. A Redbull generally costs around 2 dollars for one can. Have you ever seen the size of the can? And have you ever tasted that yellow sludge? I think that itself is enough to warrant discontinuing its purchase from your list.
Do you want to know what the best substitute is for these drinks?
Completely quitting caffeine. To some this may seem crazy, but think about the money you could save if you didn't drink all those caffeinated drinks every morning of your life. You can save hundreds a year. Thousands if you drink enough. Unfortunately, those who are accustomed to caffeine may have a caffeine dependance. At this point, completely quitting caffeine can result in caffeine withdrawal symptoms due to caffeine addiction. It's best that you slowly wean yourself off of caffeine if this is the case. You may not feel the best for the time being, while your body adjusts to not having caffeine in it anymore. I had a close friend who lost weight, violently vomited, and shook for awhile, among other things, while quitting caffeine.
One caffeine pill supplement would be equal to or even more than the amount of caffeine in the cup of coffee you drink. The same goes for energy drinks.
If you still want something warm or hot to drink while on the job or on the go, substitute expensive coffees and energy drinks with very inexpensive homemade teas or hot chocolate. Supplies for both are very cheap to make a cup. You can drink that and simply take a caffeine tablet.