If you practice safety around electricity, cars and alcohol (among other things) you should also be aware of the safety of imbibing too much caffeine.
We’re not talking about the average 2, 3, 4 even 6 cups a day of coffee most people consume.
We’re talking about the effects of a lot of caffeine.
The kind that an elephant would drink.
That’s when things can get bad in your body.
Heard about the the 16-year old boy in South Carolina who died from drinking a large Mountain Dew, a McDonalds Latte and an energy drink? That’s an extreme and unfortunate story.
Here are 19 dangers of partial and total caffeine overdose, in order from the first symptoms to be exhibited to the severe, later stage ones.
So stick to fewer than 6 cups of coffee a day, experts say, to avoid these dangers!
1. Increased Heartbeat
Caffeine acts as a stimulant on the central nervous system, increasing your heart rate. This can be expected as soon as 15 minutes after ingesting. Energy drinks: health risks and toxicity
Caffeine has been shown to relax the esophagus, contributing to gastroesophageal reflux. This can either cause or exacerbate heartburn in susceptible individuals. Neuropsychiatric effects of caffeine
The stimulant effects on the body from caffeine, such as increased heart rate, increased adrenaline hormones, and heightened senses, can combine to produce an overwhelming sensation in some people, making them feel anxious. Neuropsychiatric effects of caffeine
6. Rambling Thought and Speech
Along with many of your other senses, speech and thought speed up in response to the stimulant effect of caffeine. While this can be very useful for concentration, too much can cause confusion and stuttering. Neuropsychiatric effects of caffeine
Caffeine increases the need to urinate because it increases blood flow through the kidneys and dilates the blood vessels, making the kidneys produce more waste. Neuropsychiatric effects of caffeine
9. Gastrointestinal Disturbance
Caffeine acts like a laxative by increasing contraction in the small and large intestinal muscles. This can cause predigested food to move into the intestine, triggering stomach cramps. Energy drinks: health risks and toxicity
Persistent diarrhea and urination can lead to dehydration, which can upset the body’s fluid balance, depleting it of the water, vitamins, and minerals it needs to order to function. Neuropsychiatric effects of caffeine
Caffeine inhibits the activity of a neurotransmitter called Adenosine, which is one of your brain’s natural tranquilizers. It puts you to sleep when levels are high enough. By inhibiting Adenosine activity, caffeine inhibits your ability to fall asleep. Energy drinks: health risks and toxicity
The combination of diuretic and stimulant pulsing through the body can cause the receptors in the brain to become overloaded, leading to a headache. Energy drinks: health risks and toxicity
People with caffeine sensitivities can die from caffeine overdose. While achieving a lethal dose of caffeine would be difficult with regular coffee, high doses of caffeine pills are a known cause of many caffeine overdoses. Massive caffeine ingestion resulting in death