What Caffeine Can Do to Your Body


How much coffee do you drink a day? How much coffee do you need? Believe it or not, your body doesn’t need coffee to survive. But since coffee is the most popular beverage for daily function, it is important to note what can happen inside your body once you’ve taken that hot sip of your morning joe.

The reason a cup of coffee is so refreshing in the morning is because it wakes up your brain and helps you focus your thoughts: the caffeine in coffee stimulates your nervous system to get you going. But drinking too much coffee every day can cause your body to build up a tolerance, meaning you will need to drink more to notice the benefits. This increase in cups could over-stimulate your system which could leave you with headaches, jitters, and even anxiety.

On the other hand, not drinking coffee could also cause symptoms. Caffeine is considered a drug, but not the kind you’re thinking about–caffeine can be addictive and not drinking your usual amount every day can result in withdrawal symptoms like severe headaches, drowsiness, and inability to focus. So make sure the coffee you’re drinking is limited throughout the day in order to keep your body calm and balanced.

Coffee is an acidic drink which means that the amount of acid in your stomach could increase, potentially leading to heartburn or stomach aches. While this is not necessarily uncommon, it is a sign that you may be drinking too much coffee in the morning. Once the caffeine has been absorbed in your body,  it could cause irregular heartbeats. If your heart starts pounding after your all-nighter you may want to put down the coffee cup–even if it’s the only thing keeping you awake.

While these effects are more extreme cases, caffeine in moderation is not bad for your body: it’s actually pretty healthy. It has beneficial properties and helps you function better. Just remember: the recommended amount of coffee is one or two eight ounce cups per day, not 20 ounce cups found in popular coffee chains. Additionally, limit the sweeteners and syrups used in your coffee: despite being delicious, black coffee is the healthiest for you.

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