Facts About Caffeine and Your Health

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The Impact Caffeine Has on Your Health

Whether you’re a coffee lover or prefer to drink energy drinks, caffeine is in many of the beverages we consume regularly. And while caffeine has benefits for your health, too much could be a detriment.

Benefits of Caffeine Consumption

Beyond being a part of your morning routine, consuming caffeine in the form of coffee, foods, tea, naturally-sourced plants, or other beverages has additional health benefits. When consumed in a moderate amount, caffeine can help:

  • Increase weight loss
  • Support cognitive function
  • Increase alertness
  • Improve sports performance
  • Reduce risks of Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s, kidney stones, oral cancers, strokes, and diabetes
  • Protect against vision issues such as cataracts and spasms

Caffeine can also be prescribed over-the-counter (OTC) to treat tiredness and drowsiness, and can also be used to improve the effectiveness of pain relief medications.

Negatives of Too Much Caffeine

Because many of us love our lattes and iced coffee beverages so much, we rarely stop to think about the fact that caffeine is a stimulant drug. In fact — it’s the most commonly used drug in the world. Millions consume it daily to increase feelings of wakefulness, concentration, and focus, and decrease feeling fatigue or groggy. Caffeine can have negative health consequences, affecting:

  • Interference with other medications and supplements
  • Pregnancy and breastfeeding
  • Fertility
  • Glucose control
  • Depression
  • Gout
  • Bladder problems (incontinence)
  • Insomnia
  • Headaches and migraines

Drinking too much caffeine on a regular basis can also cause side effects such as:

  • Jitters
  • High blood pressure
  • Anxiety
  • Heartburn
  • Fast heartbeat

In addition, caffeine combined with alcohol can be very dangerous, and consuming too much caffeine in the form of powder can be life-threatening.

Limiting Your Intake

Wondering how much is too much? According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), a maximum intake of 400 mg a day of caffeine is recommended daily — or two to three cups of coffee.

Family Urgent Care Services in Arlington

If you are on any medications, remember to speak to your doctor about caffeine consumption. No matter your health concern — our team at Urgentology Care is here to help. Stop in today for a walk-in appointment, or call to make an appointment. (817) 799-7273

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