• Deanne Pandey

How much caffeine is too much caffeine?

Caffeine is not just a stimulant, it is an experience. Caffeine can make you feel awake, energetic, and on top of the world; but at the same time it can also make you anxious, irritable, and unable to sleep. Along with these effects, it has a lot of long term effects. Further, caffeine dependent people can barely get through the day without any assistance. This makes us reconsider having that extra cup o’coffee. Although, the real question here is, How much caffeine is too much caffeine? And How do you know you have reached your limit? Up to 400 milligrams of caffeine a day is said to be safe for an average healthy adult. That is roughly the amount of caffeine in four cups of brewed coffee, or 10 cans of cola. However, Keep in mind that the actual caffeine content in beverages varies widely, especially among energy drinks. On the other hand, Teens and young adults need to be warned about excessive caffeine intake and mixing caffeine with alcohol and other drugs. The side effects of caffeine overdose can be long lasting. Some of these side effects include insomnia, anxiety, harmful effects on the digestive system, muscle damage, High blood pressure and heart rate, frequent urination, and fatigue. Moderate caffeine intake seems to provide favourable health benefits, On the other hand, very high dosages may lead to side effects that interfere with day-to-day living and might even cause serious health issues. Some people are more sensitive to caffeine than are others. If you are susceptible to the effects of caffeine, even small amounts may prompt unwanted effects, such as restlessness and sleep problems.

Clearly, it is not advisable to intake loads of caffeine.

Next issue that arises is How to curb your caffeine intake? Cutting back on caffeine can be challenging. An abrupt decrease in caffeine may cause withdrawal symptoms, such as headaches, fatigue, irritability and difficulty focusing on tasks. The right way to go about it is to curb your habits gradually. Start paying attention to how much caffeine you're getting from foods and beverages, including energy drinks. Read labels carefully. However, this is just an estimate, try to keep it on the lower end. Another great way to curb your caffeine habits is to decrease your caffeine intake one cup at a time. Decreasing your intake gradually and replacing your beverages with decaffeinated beverages will help you to a great extent. Lastly, consider caffeine alternatives. Luckily, giving up caffeine doesn’t necessarily mean you will doze off during work hours or get through the day like a dull jack. There are many alternatives to caffeine. To know more about these alternatives, check out our blog on caffeine.

Stay Home, Stay Safe, and Cut back on that Caffeine!

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