While coffee is supposed to be one of the healthy beverages, it has a great amount of caffeine in them. Though caffeine could boost your mood, metabolism (weight loss), and mental and physical performance, it is recommended to drink it on low-to-moderate amounts. Taking high doses of coffee could be very dangerous and have side effects.
Here are some of the side-effects of drinking too much coffee that you should be aware of:
1. Feeling anxious:
Caffeine helps to increase alertness. Caffeine blocks the effects of adenosine i.e. a brain chemical that makes us feel tired. Whereas, it shoots up the functioning of adrenaline, which produces a high amount of energy.
Taking higher doses of caffeine will result in anxiety and nervousness.
It is advised to drink tea or coffee to keep awake while studying at night as these contain caffeine which increases the amount of time a person requires to fall asleep. Taking the low-to-moderate amount of coffee will not affect a person’s sleep. Therefore, it is said to take these drinks during day time so that it won’t affect the quality and quantity of sleep at night.
3. Issues with Digestion:
People use to take bed tea or coffee, assuming that this will help them in easy bowel moments. While it’s true, as coffee and tea have laxative effect i.e. it releases gastrin, a type of hormone, in the stomach, that will speed up the activity in the colon. It also stimulates the bowel moments by increasing the contractions that move food through the digestive tract.
But take a large amount of these can result in loose motion or even diarrhea. It has also been considered that taking too much coffee can also cause ulcers. Since it has a great effect on your body, therefore, it is recommended to take these in a limited amount.
4. Muscles breakdown:
Taking too much caffeine will lead to Rhabdomyolysis, a condition in which the damaged muscle fibers, enters into the bloodstream, leading to kidney failure. Also, it can lead to trauma, infection, drug abuse, muscle strain, and even bites from poisonous snakes or insects.
Therefore, it is better to cut down the intake of coffee to about 250mg per day.
According to researches, it has been found that caffeine affects the brain, in the same way, cocaine and amphetamines do, which in turn makes you addicted to coffee. It has been observed that coffee addicts can undergo may psychological or physical withdrawal symptoms.
Caffeine has a great effect on the nervous system of a person. It can lead to high blood pressure, heart attack, and stroke, it can also damage arteries and can also restrict the flow of blood to your heart and brain. It is better to look after the dosage of caffeine you are taking in.
7. Rapid heart rate:
In a case study, a woman who took high doses of caffeine in an attempt to commit suicide, developed a very rapid heart rate, kidney failure, and various other health issues. In another study, when 51 heart failure patients consumed 100 mg of caffeine an hour for 5 hours, showed their heart rates got normal.
Based on these mixed studies, if you are also noticing changes in your heartbeat, then you must cut down the intake of these beverages.
Coffee and tea help to boost your energy, but as soon as they leave your body, you start feeling lethargic. By taking a lot of caffeine in a day you can feel energetic but that will affect your health adversely later on. To feel energetic, you should take it in a moderate amount rather than taking it in high doses.
9. The frequent urge of urination:
According to research, a person who takes more than 450 mg caffeine daily, goes for urinating more often as compared to those who take 150mg per day. If you also feel the same, then you should check the intake of your caffeinated drinks.
Therefore, taking low-to-moderate caffeine is good for health, whereas taking high doses of the same will cause severe health problems.