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6 Side Effects of Too Much Caffeine

Slim flat white, or black, either way what is life without coffee, or some tea for that matter?

What we forget is that these beverages can be very healthy drinks. Coffee for instance is packed with caffeine, which boost your mood, speeds up your metabolism, and your physical can mental performance. However, in low to moderate amounts of course.

Too much coffee can have some serious side effects, although it should be said that each person has their own tolerance levels of how much we can consume before it becomes dangerous. But here are the 6 side-effects you should be aware of, of drinking too much coffee.

1 Anxiety

Alertness is one effect of caffeine. Caffeine blocks the effect of the chemical adenosine, which should leave you tired. Instead, caffeine increases your adrenaline hormone, which give you more energy. However, if you overdose on caffeine you will become nervous and will show signs of anxiety. With anxiety comes rapid breathing, and increased stress levels.
If you notice that you are becoming a nervous wreck or having some jittery feelings after your oh so many cups of coffee, then you should reduce your caffeine intake as it is indicating that you have exceed your caffeine tolerance level.

2 Could cause lack of sleep

Just as caffeine can wake you up, it can also affect your sleeping patterns, especially too much coffee. You could suffer from insomnia or you could just sleep less.

The problem is you are most likely now thinking that you only drink two cups of coffee a day, how can that affect your sleep. Well, coffee and tea might be the most concentrated drinks that contain caffeine, but sodas, energy drinks, cocoa and some medication also contain caffeine.

The time of day you drink your coffee will also be a factor towards sleeping problems. For example, the later in the day you have your cuppa, the more likely you will have a sleepless night. Caffeine stays in your system for five to nine hours after you consumed it. Therefore, the more you drink, and closer to your bedtime, the more likelihood that you will have sleeping problems. So, it might be best to stop drinking coffee in the early afternoon, to ensure a better nights rest.

3 Could cause digestion problems

Coffee can help your bowel movements, but this laxative effect can lead to the release of the hormone in the stomach that speeds this movement up, called gastrin. And decaffeinated coffee drinkers you too will have the same effect. Still, caffeine drinkers will have an added effect of stimulating bowel movements.

The effect of too much coffee can lead to loose stools or diarrhea developing.

Even more problematic, is that prolonged coffee drinkers can develop stomach ulcers.

Nonetheless, coffee has an effect on our digestive function. If you are developing any of these side effects, cut back or switch to other drinks such as Rooibos.

4 The need to urinate more

Just as coffee can affect your digestive track, it can also influence your bladder. Increased frequency of urination is a common side effect of too much coffee.

The older you get the worse might this side effect be.

As you are urinating more, you might also get dehydrated. It is best to cut back if you are urinating more frequent and to drink more water to ensure that you remain hydrated.

5 High blood pressure

Coffee, especially too much, can raise your blood pressure. High levels of blood pressure can increase your risk for a stroke or a heart attack. That is since elevated blood pressure damages your arteries over a time, these veins that carry blood to your brain and heart.

Luckily, the effect that coffee has is temporary.

Still, be careful. If you have high pressure already, then you really should be careful and monitor the effect that coffee has on your system.

6 Muscle failure

The condition of rhabdomyolysis can be very serious. This condition involves damaged muscle fibers enter the bloodstream, leading to kidney failure.

Coffee, in rare cases, could also lead to rhabdomyolysis. But only in extreme caffeine intake cases, where caffeine has been consumed in a very short time span.

The guideline is about a maximum of 250 mg of caffeine a day. This should help you prevent the condition of rhabdomyolysis.

The end note

Consuming little of some caffeine could be healthy, for most people. The extreme, of consuming too much caffeine in the form of coffee or some teas, can have severe side effects. These effects can affect your daily life, and others can lead to staid well-being concerns. Thus, note your sleeping patterns, and other effects on your system, and cut back so you too can benefit of this substance instead of it damaging you.

About Jacques Dippenaar

Jacques is an influential health blogger and researcher helping readers explore interesting facts and information.

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