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This Is What Happens To Your Body When You Consume Too Much Caffeine

If you’re the type who starts their day with a cup of coffee or even tea, then you might want to read this. Coffee is one of the most beloved drinks around the world, it is comforting and flavourful, but it also comes with at least 96mgs of caffeine per cup, sometimes even more! I’m sure you know that moderation is key to a healthier lifestyle, so how much is too much caffeine?

According to Erika Schwartz, MD. Caffeine, research suggests that up to 400mgs of caffeine per day which more or less translates to 4 or 5 eight-ounce cups of coffee (2 energy drinks) is considered safe for most adults. However, this differs to each person’s sensitivity to the substance.

If you’ve encountered any of these symptoms or side effects then you’ve probably had too much caffeine:

Increase Anxiety

Your blood pressure will rise, which causes anxiety, nervousness, jitters, and a faster heart rate. This is because caffeine speeds your central nervous system, which may trigger an increased release of adrenaline that makes you jumpy or scared.

Trouble Sleeping

Well you technically drink coffee to stay awake, caffeine keeps you from falling asleep, staying asleep, or reaching a deep REM state. It takes an average of 5 to 6 hours for half of the caffeine you consume to be eliminated from your body, and about an entire day for it to completely clear your system.

Stomach Aches

It is so acidic and thus, has laxative properties, coffee also impacts your gut. This can cause heartburn, cramping, indigestion, nausea, and diarrhea.

Frequent Urination

Caffeine can cause dehydration, as it acts as a mild diuretic. Try having a snack beforehand or with the beverage to slow down the fluid’s movement through your body.

Headaches

Most of the time caffeine consumption can help relive a headache, but too much of it can result in lasting headaches throughout the day as your body feels withdrawal symptoms.

Dr Schwartz advises to slowly limit your caffeine intake by swapping a cup of coffee with a caffeine-free-tea or one with less caffeine, opting for decaf later in the day, and logging your daily caffeine consumption to keep track of where and when any troubles arise.

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