To most people, coffee is an essential thing to start the day with in the morning. However, the side effects of too much caffeine can be subtle.
Here’s how your coffee addiction may be hurting your health.
You feel anxious
Ruminating about an upcoming event or deadline can fuel your desire to grab a comforting mug of java. Yet, experts recommends that people who suffer from anxiety should avoid caffeine. Why? Caffeine can actually worsen the effects of anxiety, either by robbing you of proper sleep or triggering your flight or fight response, according to Everyday Health. Instead try some deep breathing exercises or one of these stress-busting meditations.
Your stomach hurts
You may associate stomach pains with spoiled food or menstrual cramps. Early morning caffeine should be added to the list as well. European scientists found that certain compounds in coffee stimulate the secretion of stomach acid by your stomach cells.
Taking an over-counter medication like Tums can neutralize the acid short-term, but if you suspect coffee is making your stomach hurt, think about changing your coffee consumption habits.
Your heart is racing
The feeling that your heart is beating too fast can be frightening. It may feel like your heart is trying to escape from your ribcage. According to WebMD, these heart palpitations are often caused by the consumption of caffeine, nicotine, and even alcohol.
In some cases, a racing heart can lead to dizziness and even fainting. Sadly, one of the only solutions to getting rid of constant heart palpitations is to avoid caffeine altogether.
You have diarrhea
Everyone knows that coffee can help keep you regular, thanks to its laxative properties. Drink more than two or three cups a day, though, and you might get diarrhea, according to the International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders.
If you find your bathroom issues become unmanageable, experts recommend gradual withdrawal from caffeine. Consider trying these other home remedies for diarrhea.
You can’t sleep
Insomnia is a telltale sign of too much caffeine. Even if you swear coffee doesn’t have any effect on you, this tasty drink can still wreak havoc on your sleep cycle. According to Mayo Clinic, coffee can stay in your system for as long as 14 hours, increase the amount of times you wake up during the night, and decrease overall time asleep. To solve this problem, try to drink that last cup of coffee no later than noon.
You’ve got the jitters
Coffee makes you feel more alert, but sometimes that feeling turns into too much of a good thing. This is where the jitters come in. Caffeine speeds up your central nervous system, causing you to feel jumpy, according to Livestrong. Skip that fourth cup and stop the shakes. Instead put your coffee to use in these novel ways
You get headaches
A moderate amount of caffeine helps relieve a headache, by helping pain-relief medications work better. That’s why you’ll find caffeine as an ingredient in many over-the-counter headache drugs.
However, if you drink too much coffee for a sustained amount of time and you can go through caffeine withdrawal.
The symptoms include headaches and fatigue, an expert said. Slowly decrease your caffeine intake—and look at all the possible sources in your diet, including coffee, headache drugs, tea, soda, and energy drinks.
By Tony Nwanne
Source: Reader’s Digest