Microdosing is the practice of taking very small amounts of certain substances, such as caffeine, to experience subtle positive effects without the intense effects of full doses. You may be familiar with the effect of shaky hands or increased heart rate that can occur when you take too much caffeine, an effect that people who use pre-workouts may recognise. You obviously want to avoid this, especially if you need extra focus while studying, working or driving.
To adjust and regulate the effect of caffeine, we at First Energy Gum have gone the way of microdosing through our smaller gums that contain 40 mg of caffeine (equivalent to half an espresso or energy drink). This trend has gained popularity in recent years, with people around the world trying it as a way to improve their wellbeing and optimise their performance.
Let's delve deeper into the world of caffeine microdosing and discuss what you need to know about it.
What is caffeine microdosing?
Caffeine microdosing refers to taking a fraction of the typical amount of caffeine one typically consumes, usually in the form of chewing gum or some other precise dosing method. The aim is to experience the stimulating effects of caffeine without the side effects of higher doses. The 40 mg of caffeine in First Energy Gum has a direct effect on your body, but not to the extent that you experience unwanted effects. If you want to experience more focus or energy, simply take an extra gum. This way, you can adjust the dosage so it works optimally for you.
How caffeine microdosing works
The mechanism behind caffeine microdosing is quite simple. By taking a precise amount of caffeine, usually in the form of chewing gum, the stimulating effects of caffeine are gradually released. This results in a more controlled and balanced boost in alertness and energy over a longer period of time, without the fluctuations often associated with drinking caffeinated drinks.
Why microdose caffeine?
People who microdose caffeine report different benefits depending on their needs and goals. Some common reasons why people consider microdosing with caffeine are:
1. Improved alertness and concentration
Caffeine is known for its ability to increase alertness and improve concentration. With caffeine microdosing, people can experience these benefits without the nervousness or insomnia that can occur with higher caffeine intake.
2. Energy boost without 'tingling'
Caffeine microdosing can provide a gradual and steady energy boost throughout the day, without the sharp peaks and troughs that sometimes occur when drinking caffeinated drinks.
3. Improved productivity
People striving for increased productivity in their daily tasks, such as work or study, may benefit from caffeine microdosing to feel focused and alert for longer.
4. Personal adaptation
Every person is different and reacts differently to caffeine. With our microdoses, you can tailor your caffeine requirements exactly to your own needs. If you are sensitive to caffeine, you will probably notice an effect with just one eraser. If you are less sensitive, you can take more. Simple, but effective.
Caffeine microdosing and safety
Caffeine microdosing is generally safe, but it is important to take precautions to minimise side effects:
Start with a low dose: When starting caffeine microdosing, start with a low dose, such as 40 mg (one First Energy Gum), and adjust based on your personal tolerance and needs.
Monitor your intake: Be aware of your total daily caffeine intake, including microdoses, to avoid overuse.
Avoid late-day intake: Do not take caffeine microdoses late in the day to avoid disrupting your sleep.
Caffeine microdosing is an interesting practice that attracts the attention of people looking for subtle improvements in their well-being and performance. Whether you want more alertness, to increase your productivity, or are simply looking for a steady energy boost, caffeine microdosing may be worthy of consideration. The best form for this is chewing gum, or rather Energy Gum, as the effect of caffeine is almost immediate and therefore easier to regulate.
However, it is important to microdose wisely and in moderation, keeping your own needs and tolerance in mind. Bear in mind that caffeine microdosing, like other forms of microdosing, can show individual differences in terms of effects and tolerance. Stay alert to how your body reacts and adjust your dosage if necessary.
Effects of caffeine in chewing gum on mood and attention.
Effects of caffeine ingestion on exercise testing: a meta-analysis.
Effects of caffeine chewing gum on race performance and physiology in male and female cyclists.
A low caffeine dose improves maximal strength.