Excessive Caffeine Intake…
Caffeine stimulates the central nervous system and is the drink of choice for millions of people who need a little boost. It is especially popular in the morning but overconsumption can lead to a multitude of health problems.
Should You Cut Back?
Research suggests that 200-300mg of caffeine a day (equivalent to 2-4 cups of brewed coffee) is absolutely fine for healthy adults. However, an increasing number of people drink well beyond that limit and this is where your health and wellness starts to be put in jeopardy. If you consume more than 500mg of caffeine a day, you are likely to suffer from at least some of the following side effects:
- Increased heartbeat
- Muscle tremors
- Upset stomach
Depending on how sensitive you are to caffeine, it could take a lot less than the above limit to potentially cause health problems. If you are not used to taking caffeine and suddenly go through a period of even moderate usage, you may be extremely sensitive to its effects. Regular caffeine drinkers that attempt to curb their habit may even experience headaches and other withdrawal symptoms.
Cutting Down on Caffeine
To alleviate any existing health problems caused by excessive caffeine intake, you need to cut back on consumption but this can be tricky for the aforementioned reasons. In most cases, the withdrawal symptoms will only last for a few days. Don’t forget to read food and beverage labels because there may be more caffeine in your everyday foods and drinks than you realise.
If caffeine is part of your daily ritual but you are going overboard, you need to curtail the habit and quit being a ‘caffeine junkie’ before it leads to severe health problems.
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