I know a silly question, right? But really though, are you having too much coffee? What is too much coffee anyway? What does research say about taking excess coffee? This post answers all these questions. So, if you have concerns about the amount of coffee you consume each day, then make sure to read this article to the very end. Everything you need to know about coffee consumption is well detailed. Ready to learn more? Let’s get started.
How Much Coffee Per Day Is Recommended?
Having too much coffee per day can put your life at risk. So, that moment you find your body thirsting for more and more cups, know that you are hurting your health. You may not see those signs and symptoms alarming you to monitor your drink habit or see the doctors immediately, but soon you will feel something is not ok. It is good to note coffee sometimes can mimic the symptoms of insomnia.
Below are some of the symptoms related to excess consumption of coffee. In other words, these symptoms could be a sign you need to watch your coffee consumption.
- More and more accidents at work or at home
- Feeling sleepy in the middle of the day, but not at night
- Waking up completely restless, even after a solid eight hours
- Difficulty falling asleep in the first place
- Depression or anxiety
- Quick bouts of anger, or irritability
- Waking up in the middle of the night or before your alarm (more than once per night)
Now let’s answer the question “how much coffee per day is recommended?”
It is advisable to keep your consumption under 400 milligrams of caffeine per day. In fact, according to USDA’s FoodData Central one eight-ounce (about 227g) cup of coffee has about 95 milligrams of caffeine.
Now, considering coffee has other substances such as melanoidins, diterpenes and chlorogenic acid, it is best to keep your caffeine consumption under 400 milligrams.
Can You Overdose?
Although it is possible to overdose on coffee, it is near impossible to overdose. This because, even before you near coffee overdose, your stomach will send a power signal. In most cases, you will feel immense pain.
What Happens If You Have Too Much Coffee?
Now, what happens when you take too much? Will your body react differently? As we said above, even before you near overdose, your body will send a powerful message.
If you have coffee metabolizing gene in your liver enzymes, you might not know that you have exceeded recommended coffee consumption until you consume a massive amount of caffeine. Now once you consume too much coffee, this what happens to you:
- You will start to feel systematic problems such as elevated blood pressure.
- Develop tension headaches and a parched mouth.
- Excessive thirst and in some cases you may constipate.
- May bring on the symptoms of paranoia which include but not limited to doubting yourself, others and assuming that something is out to get you.
- Too much coffee consumption also increases the risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD).
Benefits of A Healthy Level of Drinking Coffee
Coffee is more than a drink. It has some health benefits no other drinks guarantee. Below are some of the benefits of a healthy level of drinking coffee.
- Reduce the risk of type II diabetes.
- Increase our energy levels.
- A potential solution to constipation.
- Coffee blocks adenosine. This means neural activities are not slowed down, and therefore you stay alert or not sleepy for long.
- Coffee contains a lot of antioxidants that help our bodies in various ways, such as fighting free radicals. Besides, antioxidants in coffee also act as anti-inflammatory agents.
Caffeine in Other Forms
Caffeine is available for consumption in different forms. For example, some of the supplements in the market have caffeine. Now, if you are nearing or have exceeded the limit (400 milligrams) per day, it is best to avoid caffeine in any form until the next day.
Keep in mind your body metabolizes at night, and even though caffeine from coffee can be metabolized in 45 minutes or less, foods like chocolate, ice cream, or energy water beverages could stay in your system for longer.
That is where you run into trouble sleeping.