At Keller Williams, we believe that health and wellness are a top priority. We desire for every one of our agents to be healthy, happy, and full of energy. In light of this, we will be sharing wellness tips every Wednesday on our blog!
Today’s Wellness Wednesday focus: Caffeine
OK, we’re all real estate agents, we know that coffee throughout the day is sometimes the only way to get through it (especially during the spring market!). But is caffeine good for you? Today we’re going to look at the effects of a real estate agent’s favorite drink.
According to the Mayo Clinic, most healthy adults can safely consume up to 400 milligrams of caffeine per day. (Quick tip, a standard serving size is 8 ounces, if you’re using a mug you’re probably drink 16 ounces).Caffeine is not just in your coffee, it can be found in tea, food, and medicines as well.
As with most things, there are two sides to the coin. Caffeine, at least in it’s natural form, has benefits as well as negative side effects. Although, we would recommend staying away from energy drinks at all costs.
Positive effects of caffeine:
- Research has shown that caffeine increases memory.
- Caffeine can stimulate hair growth.
- Caffeine increases stamina during exercise.
- Caffeine reduces kidney stone risk.
- Caffeine may prevent weight gain.
Negative effects of caffeine:
- More than four cups of coffee a day has been linked to early death.
- Caffeine can cause incontinence.
- Caffeine can cause indigestion.
- Caffeine can reduce fertility in women.
- Caffeine causes more forceful heart contractions.
So is caffeine good or bad for you? The key, as in all things, is moderation. So instead of having that third cup of coffee, try one of these energizing tricks instead:
- Drink a glass of water. According to CNN, often a feeling of fatigue is actually your body telling you that you are dehydrated.
- Go outside. Fresh air and a little exercise (think 5 minute walk) will break up the monotony of the day and energize you.
- Eat a healthy afternoon snack, like an apple or almonds, instead of a sugary snack. You’ll avoid a blood sugar crash later and be healthier in the process.
So how do you get energized without caffeine? Let us know in the comments section!