If you’re like myself or like nearly 80 percent of the adult population, your day doesn’t start until you’re able to get a little caffeine in your system. Whether you get it from coffee, soda, or tea you probably look to caffeine to jump start your morning and help you become alert, energized, and focused. But the truth is too much caffeine can be bad for your health.
For almost all of us, we don’t think of our coffee or other forms of caffeine as a bad thing. I mean, come on, most of us look at a large iced vanilla coffee from Starbucks as our savior each morning. Let’s just put out there, this blog is not to shame your coffee drinking. At least not until a cup of coffee a day turns into 3 cups of coffee and 2 sodas and maybe a cup or 2 of tea. Suddenly the recommended 200mg of caffeine is out the window and we’re now consuming somewhere between the 600-800mg area.
Here are a few ways why too much caffeine can be bad for your health and how to tell if you’re consuming more than your body can handle.
Caffeinated products help to block adenosine, aka our brain chemical that makes us feel tired. While simultaneously triggering the release of adrenaline giving us an increase of energy. While this is typically great to have added adrenaline throughout the day to keep us going, consuming too much can essentially give you an overload of energy causing your anxiety levels to rise.
Any high caffeinated product is known to boost your energy levels and keep you from dragging throughout your day. Magic! However, it’s important to know that they can also have the opposite effect when consumed to much. When large doses of caffeine leave your system, you might experience fatigue, sleepiness, or an overall crash.
Trouble sleeping? Your caffeine consumption may be attributing to that. Caffeine keeps us alert, awake and gives us that sweet rush of energy we all crave throughout the day. I am guilty of drinking pre work out at 7pm before the gym, grabbing coffee after a long day of work or not checking to make sure my nighttime tea is caffeine free and thus I have laid in bed at 2am wondering why in the world I cant sleep. Make sure to limit your consumption to morning and early afternoon in order to avoid insomnia.