Can you get caffeine overdose? The answer is yes. Is it harmful and can cause death? Probably. Before we dive into that, we must know what caffeine is and why most of the food and beverages we consume nowadays, contains caffeine.

Caffeine is a stimulant found in various foods, drinks, and other products. It’s commonly used to keep you awake and alert. Caffeine is technically a drug. Some of the most popular beverages in such as coffee, tea, and soda, contain significant amounts of caffeine.

Question is – can you get caffeine overdose? Yes you can. According to Mayo clinic the recommended amount of caffeine is up to 400 milligrams per day for healthy adults. Caffeine overdose may occur if you ingest more than this amount. However, a safe amount of caffeine differs for everyone based on age, weight, and overall health and state. For example, pregnant women should limit their daily intake to less than 200mg of caffeine per day since the effects of caffeine to the unborn baby are not fully known yet. Same applies to teenagers or adolescents, it is advised that they should limit theirs to 100mg or less.

The average half-life of caffeine in the blood ranges from 1.5 to 9.5 hours. This means it can take anywhere from 1.5 to 9.5 hours for the level of caffeine in your blood to drop to half of its original amount. This wide range in average half-life makes it difficult to know the exact amount of caffeine that can lead to overdose.

A caffeine overdose can be life-threatening in the most severe cases, but many people only notice some unpleasant symptoms that go away once the caffeine is excreted from the body. But before that, we ought to know what kind of food or beverage contains caffeine. Some of the known source of caffeine is black coffee, black tea, soda, Red Bulls, chocolate bars especially milk chocolate bars, candy, medications and supplements, any food products that claims to boost energy and keep you awake and certain chewing gums.

A caffeine overdose occurs when you take in too much caffeine through drinks, foods, or medications. However, some people can ingest well above the daily recommended amount each day without issue. This isn’t recommended because high caffeine doses can cause major health issues, including irregular heartbeat and seizures. Consuming high caffeine doses on a regular basis can also possibly lead to hormonal imbalances. Worst could happen if you rarely consume caffeine, your body may be especially sensitive to it, so avoid ingesting too much at one time. Even if you regularly consume large amounts of caffeine, you should stop when you feel any unpleasant symptoms.

Some of the known symptoms of caffeine overdose are as follows but some symptoms may not immediately alert you that you’ve had too much caffeine because they may not seem serious. For example, you may experience:

  • Dizziness
  • Diarrhea
  • Increased thirst
  • Insomnia
  • Headache
  • Fever
  • irritability

Other symptoms are more severe and call for immediate medical treatment. These more serious symptoms of caffeine overdose include:

  • trouble breathing
  • vomiting
  • hallucinations
  • confusion
  • chest pain
  • irregular or fast heartbeat
  • uncontrollable muscle movements
  • convulsions

When diagnosed with caffeine overdose, the procedure would be to flush the caffeine out of your body and replenishing your body with water. Your heart rate and breathing will be monitored until your condition is stable. But through all that wouldn’t it be better to prevent than cure?  

The reason why we take caffeine is to gain energy, it’s a pick-me-up for an early morning, and to move you further until the day is done, right? But the problem is, it is too easy to over consume caffeinated items because truth be told, it is addictive. Well, there is always a substitute for energy that is not filled with caffeine, such as Shaklee’s Energizing Soy Protein. It is easy to prepare, especially when you are in a rush in the morning – just mix it with your favorite beverage but preferably milk or just plain water, shake it up, and drink on the go.

For more products relating to energy boosting, contact Mommy J for a free consultation and the best deals on Shaklee products!

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