Caffeine overdose occurs when you ingest more the recommended daily amount of caffeine in a day and can have some pretty unpleasant side-effects. However, the factors that determine whether you’re likely to suffer an overdose are dependent on your age, weight, sex and your general health at the time. On average the recommended daily dosage for men is 400 mg, pregnant women at 200 mg and children, or adolescents should try and limit their intake to around 100 mg a day in order to avoid the symptoms of a caffeine overdose. But what actually happens to us during a caffeine overdose and why do we become dependent on coffee i.e. are you a coffee addict?
Well, the issue with coffee is that while it may be a great source of energy and is loaded with antioxidants that help to flush toxins and free radicals out of our system, it’s also a diuretic agent. This means that it causes us to urinate more regularly when we drink it and the more we drink, the more we urinate. If you fail to replenish your water, you basically become dehydrated and then start feeling the symptoms of the overdose. Plus all the added antioxidants can actually flush out some of the good nutrients and minerals that you need to stay healthy and your energy levels are likely to make you crash at some point too – hence the tired feeling you may develop soon after drinking too much coffee – much like a sugar rush. On the other hand, caffeine is an addictive substance much like nicotine or anything else that has a long-term physical effect on our chemical balances.
So we become addicted to coffee, drink more and become addicted over time (even if it’s only as part of our morning ritual, habitual consumption is pretty close to addiction). This increases our chances at experiencing the symptoms of caffeine overdose as coffee tends to have a half-life of around 1.5 to 9.5 hours in your blood. This means that it’s only at half of it’s original amount after 9.5 hours which means that if you drink another two cups the following morning – you’ve already had your daily limit (and then some). So this is really more of a cultural issue and limiting yourself to one cup a day in the morning is probably best for your health.
There is a safe amount of caffeine that one can have before they overdo it. Caffeine can actually be healthy in many ways. One way in which it’s healthy is that it promotes weight loss. A cup of coffee fills you up which means that you end up needed to eat less food during the day. It also helps with your mental clarity. A few cups of coffee a day are actually more positive than they are negative.
Mixing caffeine with a downer is another way you can overdose on it. You can intake more caffeine when you are taking it with downers, which is very unsafe. Stick to either uppers or downers when intaking any type of drug legal or illegal. At the end of the day caffeine is just a legal drug that society has deemed acceptable for everyone to take and be addicted to, why caffeine I have no idea but a few years ago tobacco was totally socially acceptable for everyone to constantly be intaking on an hourly basis in public.
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