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Double (Shot) or Nothing: How Much is Too Much Caffeine?

If you’re anything like me, you’re reaction to anyone’s implication that there is such a thing as too much coffee is the following- “Shut your blasphemous mouth!”. Fortunately, the daily dose of caffeine for healthy adults can be up to 400 milligrams, which converts to about 4 cups of coffee. That’s enough for most coffee addicts- but if you’re a person who drinks that much coffee every day, here are a few facts about caffeine you should know!

Coffee is Likely Not Your Only Caffeine Source

And I’m not talking about energy drinks or soda, here. Anybody here like chocolate? Ice cream? There are quite a few other sources of caffeine you might be ingesting, and if you’re at the upper limit of your daily intake, be careful of these sneaky caffeine providers:

  • Decaf- Yup, decaf has caffeine in it, contrary to popular belief. So switching to decaf isn’t the way to handle your coffee addiction after you hit your caffeine limit.

  • Chocolate- Of course the OTHER nectar of the gods has something in common with coffee. It’s chock full of caffeine, so don’t overdose on coffee and chocolate at the same time.

  • Medications- Headache medications, weight loss pills, and other medications can include caffeine. Check the label on anything you might be taking to make sure you can mix it with caffeine.

  • Snacks- There are a lot of different products now that boast the inclusion of caffeine- breakfast foods, snacks, even chocolate bars. Check the label to make sure you’re not about to consume the equivalent of a cup of coffee with your morning snack.

Symptoms of *Gasp* Too Much Coffee

If you’re experiencing headaches, stomach pain, trouble sleeping, fast heartbeats or muscle spasms, I hate to break it to you, but coffee could be the culprit. 

I know, it’s inconceivable that less coffee will eliminate problems. It’s always extra coffee that helps you solve problems. But if you can’t sleep or you’re bouncing up and down in your chair at work, you’re probably experiencing a caffeine overdose- and you might have to cut back.

But Here’s the Good News

For one thing, you can drink 4 cups of coffee a day, which is kind of a lot! And there are a few myths about coffee debunked to prove that coffee is not only the ultimate nectar of the Gods, but as long as you aren’t adding tons of cream and sugar to it, it’s actually good for you!

  • Coffee does not dehydrate you- Coffee is mostly water, and while it is a diuretic, making you go to the bathroom does not mean you are losing water. As long as you drink some water in addition to coffee, you’ll be fine.

  • Coffee can power your workout - Studies have shown that caffeine intake before your workout can improve your athletic performance!

  • Coffee is better for you than energy drinks- Coffee has far less sugar and chemical additives than energy drinks. Provided you aren’t loading it up with tons of cream and sugar, it’s a much better option than a sugary energy drink!

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