We’ve all heard that you need to drink so many cups of coffee a day, otherwise something bad might happen to you, right?

Sometimes it’s difficult to limit the cups of coffee you drink at the office, because you have one in the morning when you arrive, another when you’re starting to feel hungry (or hangry), another with your next meeting and so on.

According to the Mayo Clinic, the recommended amount of caffeine is up to 400 milligrams per day for healthy adults, which equates to approximately four cups of coffee. An overdose of caffeine may occur if you ingest more than this, although it differs for everyone and also takes into account your age, weight, and overall health.

Caffeine does not only get consumed through coffee, but through some teas, energy drinks, chocolate bars, medication, supplements and even certain chewing gums.

It can cause you to have an irregular heartbeat or in some cases – seizures and possibly lead to hormonal imbalances.

Caffeine content is affected by the type of coffee bean, its style of roasting, how it’s prepared and what the serving size is. So, it’s difficult to get to a clear-cut quantity of how much you should be ingesting.

Perhaps be mindful of the number of cups you are having, and have some water instead! You might experience a few healthy and welcome changes if you do.