6 Physical Symptoms That shows You’re Drinking Too Much Coffee
Coffee as been mans best stimulant against drowsiness, and also for us to e=be active. For some, their day is never complete without a morning mug of coffee. Coffee is also linked to some pretty sweet perks, from healthy longevity to decreased risk for dementia.
We’re not saying you have to quit coffee, but there are tweaks to your daily ritual that can tone down its aftermath. Lets consider some 5 physical symptoms that you may see, and make you stop taking coffee almost immediately. Interestingly, while compiling this article, Prevention.com, did a whole lot of support towards that regard.
1.You crash during the day.
Props to coffee for its pick-me-up benefits—it can take you from tired to wired in a flash. But when the jolt wears off, you could come crashing down. A study published in the journal Neuropsychopharmacology also found that caffeine could wreck productivity, causing hard workers to slack off. “Many people rely on their caffeine fix to help them feel alert in the day but it’s truly false energy,” warns Jenna Braddock, RDN, a sports nutritionist in St. Augustine, FL.
Coffee fix: Make sure you eat for energy. “Only food can provide real fuel for your body,” adds Braddock. Only coffee does not. You think it does, but in reality, it just saps away the energy.
2. You are a little too amped up.
Not only is coffee a central nervous system stimulant, but caffeine blocks adenosine receptors while jacking up adrenaline, dopamine, and glutamate, a combo that can cause a fight-or-flight frenzy. “Sympathetic nervous system activation can lead to anxiety, jitters, increased heart rate, irritability, and perhaps even anger outbursts,” says Michael Yassa, PhD, an associate professor of neurobiology and behavior at University of California, Irvine and director of the Center for the Neurobiology of Learning and Memory.
Coffee fix: “Switching to decaf helps, as it reduces, but doesn’t completely eliminate, the caffeine intake,” says Yassa, who warns against coffee for anyone with a heart condition.
3. You take several trips to the bathroom.
Coffee is a diuretic, meaning it can up your urinating frequency, especially if you’re not a regular coffee drinker. “While the research says coffee isn’t technically dehydrating, if you’re drinking coffee and not getting enough water, you’re not really hydrating your system,” says Corinne Dobbas, MS, RD, a San Francisco-based registered dietitian.
Coffee fix: Have a healthy snack with your espresso. “Food will slow down the movement of fluid through your stomach and digestive tract—and ultimately your bladder,” says Braddock.