People often look for that extra boost of caffeine provides to going. Several studies have indicated that consumption of up to 400 mg of caffeine per day can improve overall physical and mental performance. However, consuming too much caffeine could derail your progress.

When consumed caffeine primarily affects the brain. Before reaching for the next caffeine supplement, consider this: although caffeine supplementation can improve physical and mental performance, it can disturb sleep habits, alter cognitive abilities, and even cause dehydration. It is also important to know that each person metabolizes caffeine differently.

As a Warrior Athlete, how and when you fuel your body is key to overall performance. Before reaching for that next energy drink or supplement, always consider total consumption of caffeine. 

Consider these questions about caffeine:

  • How much is safe?
  • How to tell how much is in a supplement?
  • Should I use it to optimize performance? How much should I use? When Should I use it?
  • Do I need to time my consumption?

For basic guidelines, visit the Operation Supplement Safety website, or to discuss how it applies to your situation, visit the Semper Fit Health Promotion office and talk to one of our fitness experts.