3 Reasons Drinking Too Much Caffeine May Be Damaging to Your Body
By: Jenn Moss
Maybe for you, drinking a big cup of steaming hot, or iced coffee right when you wake up is a must. Stopping at a cafe or coffee drive-through takes priority, so much so that it often results in being late for work or class. Having caffeine run through your body is essential for you to even begin to function, and move through your day. But what happens one cup of coffee turns into two, three, four, five, or even six cups per day?
Like alcohol, the more you drink it, the more of a tolerance you build, and the more alcohol it takes to get you drunk. Similar logic applies when consuming caffeine, the more cups you consume every day, the higher amount of caffeine will be needed so that you feel the effects. While caffeine in moderation has benefits such as increased mental functioning, memory, alertness, and weight loss. There are a lot of things about caffeine that you might not be aware of. Some of these things may be wreaking havoc on your body, and you might be unaware that caffeine may be to blame.
1. Stomach Upset
Coffee is very high in acid. This very acid hurts the lining of the stomach and intestines, causing you to have stomach pain. You may even notice you have to run to the bathroom right after drinking coffee. For some, drinking an all-organic blend helps with this, as it doesn't have any pesticides or chemicals and is a much more pure product.
2. Increased Anxiety
For those who suffer from anxiety, drinking a stimulant such as coffee or any caffeine-containing substance can be scary. Sometimes caffeine increases your heart rate, makes you jittery, etc. For those who have experienced generalized anxiety, and also panic attacks, you may recognize these same symptoms. High amounts of caffeine not only can mimic but make symptoms amplified.
3. Sleeping Problems
If you find that you lay awake tossing and turning, drinking coffee may be to blame. When we drinking caffeine, a stimulant, it activates our central nervous system. If this is too overstimulated, it can cause sleeping problems, as you are unable to tap into that rest and digest part of the parasympathetic nervous system — allowing you to get a good night's rest. If going cold turkey away from caffeine is not something you want to do, perhaps you make the shift over to tea. With less quantity of caffeine, you get less of the jitters, but still a kickstart to your day. For example, green tea has been known to provide energy as well as contains other health benefits.
If you’re experiencing some of the side effects mentioned before, maybe it’s time to reduce your caffeine intake and make sure that what you are consuming isn’t causing harm to your own body.