Got the Coffee Jitters? Here’s What to Do If You Drink Too Much Caffeine

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It’s a mistake that’s easy to make and it’s made in spades. Maybe you’ve just hit that inevitable 2 p.m. energy dip (this is the scientific reason that happens, by the way), so you hit your local coffee shop to grab a pick-me-up once you finish collating those T.P.S. reports. But when you return to your desk, fresh coffee in hand, you realize that you never finished your first cup.

You don’t want to be wasteful, so you end up drinking both cups and suddenly you feel like you can see people’s heart beats. (If this is a regular occurrence, this might just be a sign that you’re drinking too much coffee.)  You’re positively wired because you just had too much caffeine, but don’t fret, there’s a way out of this dilemma, according to Women’s Health.

The first step you should take is to drink some water. Although coffee isn’t a diuretic, making sure you’re properly hydrated can help your body combat some of the symptoms (heightened anxiety, jitters, elevated heart rate) associated with going overboard with your caffeine consumption.

Consuming too much caffeine is known to deplete the body’s magnesium and potassium levels, so your best bet is to grab a banana. According to Beth Warren, R.D.N., the average half-life of caffeine in your blood is 1.5 to 9.5 hours, so nipping these symptoms in the bud early can help make sure you can curtail the coffee-induced chaos promptly. Here’s what else happens to your body when you drink coffee every day

If you start having difficulty breathing, chest pain, vomiting, confusion, muscle twitching, convulsions, or a sustained irregular or elevated heart rate, it’s time to seek medical care. 

[Source: Women’s Health]

 

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