You may need to consider thinking twice about downing too much cups of coffee in one day, especially if you are not aware of how much caffeine the body needs to have in a day – and not drop more.
Health experts are now hoping to in still awareness on the public to know the maximum amount of caffeine the body needs as it could also be potentially dangerous to health.
In a study released by the Mayo Clinic, the recommended limit of caffeine should not exceed 400 milligrams daily, which is approximately equivalent to four cups of regular brewed coffee, around 10 cans of soda or two small bottles or energy drinks.
Within the prescribed amounts, caffeine is safe for adults but is not recommended for children and adolescents should not have more than 100 milligrams of caffeine in a day.
Numerous tests have proven that too much consumption of caffeine may cause a variety of symptoms from palpitations, uncontrollable tremors and side effects when taken with other maintenance medication.
Having too much caffeine in excess of 500 to 600 milligrams a day could cause some side effects like insomnia, rapid heartbeat, muscle tremors, heartburn, upset stomach, irritability, restlessness and nervousness.
There are also people who are sensitive to caffeine that even small amounts could cause them to experience side effects like insomnia and restlessness.
If you are taking medication or supplements, take note of the following formulas that react to caffeine;
Antibiotics like ciprofloxacin and norfloxacin – both common antibacterial formulas – are believed to react with caffeine and may prolong or even amplify the side effects in the body.
Theophylline is a bronchodilator that contracts the bronchial airways by relaxing the surrounding muscles. Researchers believe that theophylline taken with additional amounts of caffeine may increase its concentration in the blood and could cause nausea, vomiting or heart palpitations.
The herbal supplement Echinacea which is sometimes used to prevent colds and infections could also increase concentrations in the blood and amplify the effects of caffeine in the body.
So if you are taking maintenance drugs, make sure to consult with your doctor.
Always pay attention to what you drink and start reading through nutritional values and ingredients on labels to let you know what it contains and at what amounts.
For coffee drinkers, you may choose decaffeinated coffee varieties or you can shorten brewing times to minimize concentrations in the blood.
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