Here’s some news that will wake up anyone who can’t live without their morning coffee. While that liquid gold first thing in the morning is often the only reason some people get out of bed, too much of a good thing can be quite bad.
Here are 9 things that can happen to your body if you go overboard with your coffee drinking:
1. It’s Addictive
Some people don’t actually mind having to drink coffee all day ever day once their body becomes dependent on it. As any addict knows, the more you consume caffeine, the more you’ll need to capture the same “awake” effects.
2. Multiple Cups A Day Is Bad For Your Heart
More than four cups per day might increase risk of heart disease and heart failure, according to Business Insider.
3. It Can Make You Moody
Irritability and anxiety are the most common traits due to the fact that caffeine causes shallow breathing, which in turn has the ability to limit oxygen flow to the brain (i.e. you won’t make good decisions). And according to Forbes, “coming off caffeine reduces your cognitive performance and has a negative impact on your mood.” That’s also the reason it’s addictive.
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According to John Hopkins researchers, “The only way to get back to normal is to drink caffeine, and when you do drink it, you feel like it’s taking you to new heights. In reality, the caffeine is just taking your performance back to normal for a short period.”
4. It’ll Mess With Your Sleep
You might find you have trouble sleeping since caffeine can stay in your body for as long as 14 hours. The Mayo Clinic also says it may increase the amount of times you wake up during the night, and decrease the amount of good sleep you get. Experts advise taking your last sip of coffee no later than noon.
5. It Can Give You The Jitters
Caffeine speeds up your central nervous system making you feel jumpy.
6. It Can Make You Anxious
So much so, the National Institute of Mental Health recommends that people who have anxiety avoid caffeine all together because it can trigger your fight or flight response, not to mention, deplete you of proper sleep.
7. It Can Lead To Withdrawal
Weaning your body off of caffeine is no walk in the park. If you’re drinking too much and want to stop, you might experience a bunch of symptoms ranging from headaches, depression and, ironically, fatigue. Instead, slowly decrease your coffee intake and try swapping your daily Joe with fresh juice, decaf tea or sparkling water.
8. It Can Damage Your Liver
According to Business Insider, while moderate amounts of coffee can actually help your liver detoxify your body, too much can hinder its functionality. And if you’re taking lots of medication, it’s especially dangerous.
9. It Can Be A drag For Your Bladder, Too
University of Alabama researchers found that coffee exacerbated existing bladder problems in some men and women.
If you ever do drink so much coffee you start feeling sick, here’s what to do, according to Women’s Health.
First, drink water. It will help hydrate you and help keep your heart rate down. Second, eat a banana or something else with lots of potassium. Overdosing on caffeine can deplete your magnesium and potassium levels, so it’s best to ward off the unwanted symptoms of coffee before they get out of hand. If you find yourself struggling to breathe, having chest pains, elevated heart rate or anything else that seems more serious than just a caffeine crash, call your doctor.