Coffee makes the world go round. But there is such a thing as too much of a good thing—even coffee. Coffee can do wonderful things. It helps you wake up in the morning. In small doses, coffee is even medically beneficial.
However, it’s important to note that one can drink too much coffee and thus get far too much caffeine in their system. The positives of coffee will be quickly overrun by the negative if you surpass your body’s natural limitations.
How Much Is Too Much?
According to Melissa Nieves, the average (and healthy) adult should consume no more than 400 milligrams of caffeine a day. While that doesn’t sound like a whole lot, it is more than enough to get most people through their day.
The FDA reaffirms Nieves’ statement, stating that 400 milligrams of caffeine are the equivalent of four to five cups of coffee (depending on how it is brewed). However, they caution that some people might be more sensitive to caffeine and should take a significantly smaller dose.
People who are more likely to find themselves sensitive include those on certain medications, those who are pregnant (or trying to become pregnant), or are dealing with various other health conditions.
When You’ve Had Too Much
Some fairly classic symptoms come with consuming too much caffeine. You might notice some obvious signs, such as jitters, shakiness, a racing heart, or a headache. But there are also some more obscure symptoms, such as dizziness, irritability, and an upset stomach.
Those are all the more expected symptoms of ingesting too much caffeine. Healthline takes the warning a step further and lists other concerns, such as; anxiety, insomnia, Rhabdomyolysis (muscle breakdown), high blood pressure, and addiction.
What To Do When You’ve Had Too Much?
There are various ways in which you can help your body once you’ve surpassed your caffeine limit. The first step is to stop consuming caffeine, at least until your body has had a chase to level out. Give your body a chance to process what it already has. Unfortunately, this also includes chocolates and other treats that have caffeine in them.
Drink! Drinking water is one of the best things you can do for your body right now. You can also drink anything high in electrolytes, which is especially important if one of your symptoms includes an upset stomach.
Take a minute and breath. Do some deep breathing exercises, take a walk, meditate. Do whatever you find that helps to calm your heart, your body, and your mind. Any of these techniques will help your body recover at a faster rate.
Naturally, once your body has fully recovered from intaking too much caffeine, the most important final step is to learn from what has happened. Make a note of how much was too much for your body, and avoid taking that much again.