by Tony Gjokaj February 24, 2020 4 min read
Caffeine… we can’t live without it. About 85% of the US population consumes it, and for good reason: it fights fatigue, and handles our sleep-deprived selves pretty well before work.
In the Fitness Industry, it is emphasized more than ever before with pre-workouts and fat burners. Not to mention the Energy Drinks, where over 300mg of Caffeine is a regular thing.
The challenge with this is the over-reliance on stimulants to provide us energy. This can have a negative effect on us after the stimulant diminishes, or even through overconsumption. In fact, there was research done on caffeine-related deaths in 2018, and the FDA has jumped at caffeine powders for that reason.
I can tell you from experience: I have overdosed on caffeine and it’s not pretty!
With that being said, this blog post is dedicated to caffeine lovers.
As always, discuss with your physician or doctor before consuming supplements or stimulants. What may be common for some might have negative effects on others. Please be aware!
Now, let’s dive in!
Caffeine is a stimulant used to fight fatigue, enhance focus, and manage mood. It can be found in many products we consume: Tea, Coffee, Sodas, Chocolate, and more.
In medical cases, caffeine has been used to treat things a variety of things: for example, breathing problems in infants. It has also been shown to improve the effects of some OTC drugs like Aspirin.
Now when it comes to athletes, caffeine consumption is used to increase performance and endurance. Aerobic and anaerobic activities can be improved slightly when athletes consume caffeine an hour before training.
When it comes to caffeine, moderation has always been the decision-maker between benefits and consequences. Consuming a little extra can lead to negative effects like being too wired, increased anxiety, and more.
The key to effective caffeine consumption is dosage and timing.
There is not really a direct guideline on caffeine consumption.
However, based on studies*, around 1.85mg/lb (3mg/kg) of body weight is a good guideline to keep you energized and focused for the day. Caffeine may have more negative effects past that, so it’s not recommended to go any further beyond that.
As a simpler guideline, 400mg of caffeine should be the limit for an average person daily.
Timing is really important when it comes to caffeine.
I would recommend consuming it in the morning, or 4-8 hours before bed. Although caffeine diminishes, the effects last for hours.
Don’t be that person who drinks Starbucks at 8pm and wonders why they can’t get sleep. ;)
Caffeine is great to supplement with, but sleep deprivation is difficult and will ALWAYS affect your performance in life AND the gym. Always consume your caffeine WAY before bed.
“The dose makes the poison.” This means that caffeine consumption in the right amounts is beneficial, but any more can come with negative effects.
As I mentioned in the previous section: the dose makes the poison. Being aware of this, we can discuss common issues with overconsumption of caffeine.
While caffeine DOES affect heart rate and blood pressure, it is not harmful in small amounts. Avoid overconsumption so that you may not deal with heart issues, especially through elevated cardiovascular exercise.
People tend to overreact on the mild diuretic effects of caffeine. It makes you use the bathroom, but it doesn’t dehydrate you in small consumption.
Although not really talked about, caffeine overdoses exist and should be made aware of.
While working at my old job years ago, I consumed over a gram of caffeine (1000mg) in a span of a few hours. The following happened:
I was lucky in that instance... others have not been, as reported by the FDA.
Remember that caffeine should be limited AT MOST to 400mg. Anything past that typically results in more detrimental effects.
So what if you're a caffeine-head and you desire more energy?
Our solution is supplementing with nootropics. Most nootropics synergistically work together with caffeine to provide a variety of benefits, like enhanced focus and concentration.
For example, if you supplement caffeine with an amino acid, like L-Theanine, you can help mitigate the negative stimulatory effects of caffeine.
Remember:the dose makes the poison. Do not consume tons of caffeine thinking you can consume L-Theanine to "balance" it out. There are depreciating returns with L-Theanine and Caffeine!
There it is: Caffeine!
On the plus side, caffeine consumed in the right amounts can actually improve your health. Too much of it will harm it.
Balance is key.
Awareness of ingredients and supplements is something that we always preach.
A lot of supplements include caffeine, and taking a combination of fat burners and pre-workouts together might be a bad time for you.
Reading this, my hope is that the knowledge of caffeine and its depreciating returns can help you make better decisions with your lifestyle.
Based on our research and our passion for wellness, caffeine, and all things nootropics... we have made it our duty to continue crafting beverages that will help our Reforged Legion perform their best.
And we look forward to help you augment your lifestyle for the better.
Thanks for reading everyone! If you have any questions or insights, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org... or direct message me on Instagram.
Until next time, Reforged Legion!
Tony is the Owner of Reforged Performance Nutrition. He is a PN1 Certified Nutrition Coach and has been in the fitness space for over a decade. His goal is to help bridge the gap between physical & mental health through fitness.
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In this post, I will give you information for you to decide, along with my personal opinion on the matter.
Let's dive in!
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In this post, we are going to explore one of the most popular methods of Intermittent Fasting: Lean Gains!
Let's dive in!
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What is the best Intermittent Fasting protocol for you?
Have you ever tried creating your own?
In this post, we are going to explore Time-Restricted Feeding Protocols, and how you can make a protocol that's flexible for you!
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