Classified as a psychoactive drug, caffeine is a bitter substance found in coffee, tea, soft drinks, chocolate, some nuts and certain medicines. It has many effects on the body’s metabolism, including stimulation of the central nervous system. It can make one feel more alert and give a boost of energy.
For most people, the amount of caffeine they consume each day is not harmful.
However, too much caffeine can make one feel restless, anxious and irritable. It may also prevent a good night’s sleep and cause headaches and abnormal heart rhythms. Furthermore, if heavy caffeine use stops, it can cause withdrawal symptoms.
So Are You Drinking Too Much Caffeine?
Certain circumstances call for reducing the amount of caffeine you consume. If you answer YES to any of the following 3 questions, you might fall into this boat:
- Do you consume more than 500 to 600 milligrams of caffeine per day? (This is about 4 cups of coffee)
- Do you experience any caffeine sensitivity symptoms, including anxiety, fatigue and headaches?
- Do you have trouble getting to sleep at night or staying asleep?
Here’s what the research tell us:
Caffeine can be habit-forming, so any attempts to stop or lessen the amount you consume can be challenging. It’s important to know how much caffeine is in the foods and beverages you consume and to gradually reduce the amount of caffeine you take in.
To begin, try replacing some of your caffeinated coffee, tea and soft drinks with their decaffeinated counterparts, then slowly move towards drinking less and less of the caffeinated varieties. Baby steps like this are an easy way to live a healthier lifestyle.