WTF is Micro-dosing?
Why Micro-dosing energy is the game-changer you’ve never heard of
Micro-dosing is a technique for administering low-doses of chemicals or substances to produce effects that are noticeable but more diluted than normal. Caffeine is the most commonly ingested drug in the world - and our methods for ingesting it are crude and tough on the body. We’ve found an exciting new way to enjoy the benefits of caffeine - a solution to the daily energy problem that we like to call “micro-dosing.”
Bigger is not always better
When we think about energy and its role in our daily routine, we picture ourselves in-line for a large coffee which we hope will send a shockwave of caffeine - usually between 100-200 mg (a heavy dose) through our bodies in order to start the day. And while this common approach to daily caffeine intake works in delivering a cognitive boost, this method is not kind to the body nor mind.
We come from backgrounds in science, where the power of data is embedded into our DNA. We examined the robust literature on caffeine (there are lots of studies out there!) and its physiological and performance effects on the human body, and found some amazing results. A large bulk of this research shows that the ingestion of low-dose caffeine (less than 60 mg) can actually have a number of beneficial effects on performance and function. This alone suggests that bigger - or more caffeine - is not always better. Once we saw this, we went on a deeper dive into the benefits of caffeine “micro-dosing.”
The Benefits Are Legit
Strap in - it’s science time!
- Studies have shown that as little as 32 mg of caffeine can significantly improve auditory vigilance and visual reaction time (Liberman 1992)
- Doses less than 50 mg can significantly improve cognitive performance relative to controls (Smith and Rogers 2000).
- Small doses (~25 mg), administered hourly, were also shown to improve cognitive function tests, while providing sustained alertness without a crash (Wyatt et al. 2004).
Studies also found strong evidence for improved mood and enhanced performance after a series of hourly micro-doses of 65 mg (Smith and Brice 2001). Taken together, these results highlight a different way to use caffeine to maintain alertness and performance without disrupting normal function and avoiding a crash. The take home message: smaller doses might actually be better for you.
How to micro-dose your energy
We aren’t suggesting you sign up for a caffeine study or follow the protocols of the regimented experiments listed above. But considering the above benefits of micro-dosing caffeine, you may want to consider trying it out. Here is a rough plan you could follow:
Morning: Try starting your day out with caffeine from tea, either a single cup of green tea or a beverage with 30-40 mg of caffeine. You will experience a gentle, sustained buzz that will last a couple hours. Chances are you won’t have cravings for more caffeine.
Early PM: If you are looking for another perk, you can go for another dose of 30-40 mg in the early afternoon. This amount will carry you through the rest of the day without a crash. The 2pm slump, characterized by fatigue and lack of motivation typical for heavy-caffeine users, won’t be an issue for you due to your gentle micro-dosing approach. You will end your work day on a high note - feeling like you are in control of your body!
Our advice: We get that sometimes a plain cup of green tea is not necessarily the most exciting, portable, or easy thing to drink. That’s why we have created a fun, ready-to-drink solution to the daily energy problem. Our canned sparkling teas currently contain 45 mg of caffeine derived from organic tea leaves. This number falls within the range characterized by researchers as a “micro-dose.” Take control of the rhythm of your day with Tempo.
Tempo Sparkling Teas - The Right Amount of Energy
Reading this article make you thirsty?
- Sparkling Matcha with Raspberry and Lime (caffeinated)
- Sparkling Black Tea with Blood Orange and Ginseng (caffeinated)
- Sparkling Rooibos Tea with Hibiscus and Strawberry (caffeine-free)