In the relentless demands of our daily routines, one may feel the requirement of a quick energy source, and caffeinated drinks cater to this incessant need.
What we do not realize is that high caffeine levels in the body tend to negatively affect one’s health; overdosage of the same is a problem which is rapidly consuming society.
When consumed in proportion, the health benefits of the intake of coffee are well established, but the chronic and habitual patterns of ingestion of caffeinated drinks have been proven to have adverse effects on the human body.
Via our article, you will be better equipped to handle your unquenchable thirst for caffeinated drinks and how one can prevent high consumptions of the same. Read on to find out more about the available substitutes that one may resolve to consume instead of the mainstream sources of caffeine.
Everyday beverages like that of coffee, tea, sodas, and other processed energy drinks serve as the major source of caffeine within our system.
What is Caffeine Overdose?
Despite being an ingredient that is readily available, caffeine is a potent drug that adversely affects the response time of the central nervous system. Ingestion of caffeine can lead to various symptoms like that of increased heart rate, increased levels of attention and alertness in addition to altering the electric signals that allow communication between the cells of the body and the brain.
When consumed in moderate proportions, the infested caffeine does not cause any hindrance in the normal activities of the human body. However, when ingested in large amounts, one can be subject to medical conditions that require professional assistance. Therefore, it is better to understand the problems that may originate when consumed in higher concentration.
Known to stay within our bodies for more than 6 hours, caffeine shows a plethora of behavioral changes within people of different backgrounds; elevated blood pressure, increased rates, hormonal imbalances and so forth.
When to know you have ingested too much caffeine?
Naturally occurring sources of caffeine include cocoa beans that are a major ingredient of coffee. However, numerous beverages that we consume contain caffeine or its derivatives.
Some common sources include:
- Carbonated drinks
- All varieties of tea; including black, white and so forth.
- Chocolate bars
- Many energy drinks and stimulants that are said to keep us awake.
- Performance enhancing supplements, some of which promote weight gain or muscle synthesis.
Coffee is the second most demanded beverage in the world is consumed by millions of people from all around the world. Therefore, it is one of the most nonchalant sources via which one ingests on a daily basis.
Not only does caffeine cause irritability, disruption of sleep patterns and so forth, it also affects the hormone regulation and may even lead to mental problems.
Since the consumption of a particular amount of caffeine in the body is subjective, that is, the tolerance levels of each individual varies adversely, one must conclude as to how much consumption of caffeine creates a negative impact on their bodies.
On average, intake of around 500 milligrams of caffeine per day seems to produce positive behavioral and physiological changes in the human body. Amounts exceeding this limit tend to usually create ill effects as mentioned in the article above.
Five cups of regular coffee add up to the quantity that is proven to have optimal performance on the human body cater to the daily needs of this natural stimulant.
To understand the context of drug consumption in totality, one medium (grande) coffee cup of Starbucks is said to contain over 360 milligrams of caffeine, a value which is on the higher end of the spectrum in most individuals.
During pregnancy, recommended upper limits of caffeine consumption decrease to about 200 milligrams per day as it has adverse effects on the health of the child.
An overdose of Caffeine.
People who categorize under ‘overdoses’ are most likely to consume caffeine via different sources- mainly stimulants and supplements.
To surpass the requisite levels of caffeine content, one must consume either a large volume of beverages or a stronger dosage (concentration) of the caffeine.
Therefore, avoiding any external consumption of caffeine-containing product like stimulants and energy drinks will go a long way in maintaining caffeine levels in the body that are effective rather than persisting as medical ailments.