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Future Health

Having Too Much Caffeine

May 8, 2023 

Caffeine is the bitter substance that occurs naturally in more than 60 plants. These plants include; coffee beans, tea leaves, kola nuts and cacao pods. Another type of caffeine is called synthetic caffeine (man-made), which is typically added to medications, foods and drinks. For example, pain relievers, cold medicines, and energy drinks like Redbull. 

Caffeine can affect your body in a variety of ways. Here are a few:

  • Can affect your body’s metabolism, by stimulating your central nervous system (makes you feel more awake and boosts your energy)

  • It is a diuretic, which means that it helps the body get rid of extra salt and water by urinating more

  • Increases the release of acid in the stomach, causing the potential for heartburn and/or an upset stomach

  • Increase in blood pressure

Now what happens when you have too much caffeine?

  • Can cause health problems

  • Restlessness

  • Insomnia

  • Headaches

  • Dizziness

  • Dehydration

  • Anxiety

  • Faster heart rate

Caffeine is not for everyone. There are some people who should avoid caffeine as much as possible. They include: those who are pregnant, who have a sleeping disorder, migraines, anxiety, ulcers, high blood pressure, and arrhythmia (problems with the rate of your heart).

Those who go through a caffeine withdrawal are those who consume it on a regular basis and then suddenly stop. When this happens there are some symptoms that will appear for a few days and then go away. 

  • Headaches

  • Drowsiness

  • Irritability

  • Nausea

  • Trouble concentrating