Little Too Attached to Your Caffeine Rush?
Do you reach for your coffee first thing in the morning and keep pouring throughout the day? Maybe your caffeine of choice is tea, soda or an energy drink. You think it keeps you moving throughout your day, but is it safe?
“Caffeine can be used in moderation,” said Lisa Reith, Registered Dietitian, Memorial Weight Loss and Wellness Center. “But too much caffeine can be harmful. It is important to be aware of your intake.”
Caffeine is present in many foods and drinks.
Caffeine naturally occurs in coffee, tea and chocolate as well as some flavorings. It is also added to foods. Check nutrition labels and ingredients to see if a product contains caffeine.
How much caffeine is safe to consume?
Healthy adults should limit caffeine use to less than 400 mg per day according to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). This is generally about four cups of coffee per day. For pregnant women or people with other health conditions, you should speak with your doctor about safe consumption. For children, however, the American Academy of Pediatrics discourages caffeine use altogether.
Signs of caffeine overuse?
Rapid consumption of caffeine of at least 1,200 mg can be toxic. Even less can stimulate a reaction—that reaction can vary based on height, weight, age and health status. Some signs of caffeine overuse include:
- Inability to sleep
- Tachycardia or abnormally fast heart rate
- Stomach pain
“If you’re concerned you are consuming too much caffeine, and want to cut back, it’s best to reduce your intake gradually,” added Lisa. “If you are not sure how to get started, speak with your doctor or a registered dietitian.”
Need help curbing your caffeine intake?
Speak with your primary care provider or find a doctor:
- Memorial Physician Services in Springfield, Jacksonville, Lincoln and Taylorville, Illinois
- DMH Medical Group in Decatur, Illinois