How Much Is Too Much Coffee?
I’ll be the first to admit that I’ve consumed too much coffee and it was making me miserable — but I still had trouble changing my caffeine habits.
I’ve used caffeine as crutch to put up with good and bad situations in life. It was my lifeline to juggle full-time school and work as well as how I muscled through grueling 16-hour days with a bad boss. While I’ve never sat down and chugged an entire pot of coffee in one sitting, I have had at least 10 espresso shots in one day (the equivalent to an entire pot of coffee), so I think I’m qualified to express an opinion here: yes, drinking a pot of coffee by yourself is bad
The Caffeine In Coffee Is Not Energy
The caffeine in coffee is not energy in a cup: it is a stimulant to the central nervous system. Yes, it creates a feeling of being alert, can reduce short term fatigue, improve mood, enhance reaction time, and improve performance — however, it comes at a price. It will lead to a crash later. You are not creating energy; you are borrowing it by stimulating your body’s natural fear response. It’s not energy. It’s adrenaline. And consuming too much coffee does more harm than good. The negative effects of a caffeine overdose include:
- Jitters, trembling and anxiety
- Insomnia and bad sleep quality
- Increased nervousness or dizziness
- Stomach and digestive upset
- Waking up exhausted in the morning
No one wakes up and starts drinking a pot of coffee a day. It sneaks up on you. For me, it came with added responsivities at work and trying to keep. A cup in the morning turned into one in the morning and one in the afternoon. Gradually, the cups started adding more and more shots of espresso. Maybe a Diet Coke here and there for a little extra. It adds up fast.
It’s hard to tell because manufacturers are not required to disclose caffeine content. And how much caffeine is in a cup of coffee depends on the beans used and how it is brewed. I started drinking “blond roast” because it tasted less bitter (and I was trying not to add much milk). But that blond variety was higher in caffeine and I didn’t even know it!
Caffeine mimics your body’s natural neurotransmitters which are responsible for the transmission of nerve impulses. Too much caffeine sends your nervous system into overdrive and your body responds by reducing its own production of neurotransmitters. The result is that your brain and nerves now depend on this external neurotransmitter source just to function normally.
Since caffeine is addictive, you can’t just walk away and your body will reset. It will reset, but it will take 14 days (or more for some people).
When you are trying to change your caffeine habit, caffeine withdrawal will try to get you to change your mind. That’s caffeine fighting back and trying to get its way.
It will wear you down with fatigue, headaches, irritability, and sometimes even flu-like symptoms. You’ll feel so bad your start drinking coffee again just to make it stop. In fact, the majority of people that try to change their caffeine habits will fail because they just can’t handle the caffeine withdrawal symptoms.
Too Much Coffee Will Rob You Of The Benefits You Started Drinking It For
Ironically, your friend who enjoys one or two cups of coffee a day reaps the same benefits from coffee as your full pot provides you. The best benefit to quitting your caffeine addiction is caffeine will work BETTER when you are not addicted to it.
When you kick your caffeine addiction you will find that a single cup of coffee gives you all the “energy” you could ever want without the afternoon “crash” that comes from being addicted to caffeine.
You won’t be fighting a caffeine war that keeps you running to the coffee pot before you can get anything done. Instead you’ll feel bright and alert from the time you wake up to the time you can peacefully and easily fall asleep at night.
Too much coffee will just overstimulate while also trigger caffeine withdrawal as well as numerous physical and psychological symptoms of poor health.
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