Whether it's long working hours because of a nagging client, late nights studying for that exam you want to ace so bad or simply to wake up and start your day on a high note, a little energy boost always comes in handy when it's about getting through those tough times.
white, double, short... are all used to describe one thing, and no I'm not being racist. I'm talking about something you either love deeply or hate strongly. Coffee.
For some, just smelling coffee could make them less stressed. While others need more than 3 cups per day to feel the blood rush in their veins. But how much coffee is too much coffee? Different researches have been made on that matter, showing that up to 400 milligrams of caffeine a day appears to be safe for most healthy adults.
However, many signs and symptoms have been determined to showcase that you have been overdosing on caffeine:
- Stomachache: European scientists found that certain compounds in coffee stimulate the secretion of stomach acid by your stomach cells. Taking an over-counter medication can neutralize the acid short-term, but you might want to rethink your coffee routine.
- Your heart is racing: A racing heart can lead to dizziness and even fainting spells. In this case, avoiding caffeine altogether is the most effective solution to getting rid of constant heart palpitations.
- Insomnia: According to Mayo Clinic, coffee can stay in your system for as long as 14 hours, increase the amount of times you wake up during the night, and decrease overall time asleep. To solve this problem, try to drink that last cup of coffee no later than noon.
There are many other symptoms such as headaches, stress, nausea, anxiety, etc...
It is important to also note that ingesting massive doses of caffeine all at once is particularly dangerous as it doesn’t give your body time to react nor does it give you a double energy boost - making it utterly useless to drink 2 cups of coffee an hour apart.
It’s good to take an honest look at the subject and try to put all of the information into perspective, even if it means reducing or giving up your daily double espresso.