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15 Signs You’re Drinking Way Too Much Coffee

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15 Signs You’re Drinking Way Too Much Coffee

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If you’re having trouble sleeping, suffering from frequent headaches, or constantly feeling dehydrated, there is a good chance you’re drinking way too much coffee.

“Research recommends having no more than 400 milligrams of caffeine a day,” says nutritionist Amy Gorin, owner of Amy Gorin Nutrition in Jersey City, New Jersey. Increasing your intake to more than the recommended amount may result in health complications — increased blood pressure, anxiety and increased risk for osteoporosis, to name a few.

You’re Drinking More Than Your Recommended Fill

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“Research recommends having no more than 400 milligrams of caffeine a day,” says nutritionist Amy Gorin, owner of Amy Gorin Nutrition in Jersey City, New Jersey. “A ‘cup’ of coffee can range from 75 to 200 milligrams from an 8-ounce serving made in a drip coffeemaker to 410 milligrams in a 20-ounce Venti ordered from Starbucks.”

You’re Drinking More Than a Cup or Two if You’re Pregnant

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“As an exercise of caution, it’s recommended that pregnant women do not take in more than 200 milligrams of caffeine daily,” Gorin explains. “More than this might slightly heighten a pregnant woman’s risk of miscarriage, low birth weight, stillbirth, or a small for gestational age birth.”

You’re Getting Headaches

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Regular coffee consumption may lead to a dependence on caffeine, which in turn may cause withdrawal symptoms when a person stops drinking frequently. This may result in the constriction of blood vessels in the brain, causing headaches.

You Have High Blood Pressure

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“Some research links caffeine consumption with increased blood pressure,” Gorin explains. If you already have high blood pressure, it may be wise to cut out caffeine altogether.

Decrease in Muscle Pain

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Research has shown that drinking coffee has positive effects on relieving muscle pain. The University of Illinois found that there was significant reduction in quadriceps muscle pain after giving individuals caffeine compared to a placebo pill, WebMD explains.

Your Heart Beats Too Quickly

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“People who drink large amounts of coffee are more likely to experience a rapid heartbeat,” Gorin says. “This could lead to feeling lightheaded or dizzy.”

You’re Dehydrated

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“Up to four cups of coffee can count toward your daily water goal, according to research,” Gorin says. “Early science suggests that greater coffee intake could negatively affect hydration status, although more research needs to be conducted on this topic.” Hydration is important for numerous reasons— “it can help your mood and energy and can even help decrease driving mistakes, per research,” she adds.

You’re Having Trouble Sleeping

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If you’re having trouble falling asleep and staying asleep, this is a sign you’re drinking too much coffee. Gorin explains that “too much caffeine can disrupt sleep, as can drinking caffeinated coffee too close to bedtime.” She says you should “switch to decaf at around four to six hours before bedtime.”

You’re Feeling Irritable or Anxious

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“Caffeine is a stimulant, and consuming too much may lead some people to feel irritable or anxious,” Gorin says. It has the ability to put you in a state of short-term anxiety. For individuals who already suffer from anxiety, consuming caffeine may make your symptoms worse.

You Have a Genetic Mutation

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“A somewhat common genetic mutation decreases how quickly caffeine is broken down in the body. People who have this mutation may have an increased risk of heart disease if they drink coffee, because caffeine stays in their bloodstream much longer than the typical person’s,” Gorin says. “The gene mutation is a variant of the gene CY1A2; if you’d like to find out about getting tested for it, you can talk with your doctor.”

You’re at Risk for Osteoporosis

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“Drinking a large amount of coffee may negatively impact bone density and increase your risk of osteoporosis,” Gorin says.

You’re Gaining Weight

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“Some coffee drinks are very high in calories and sugar,” Gorin explains. “For instance, a 16-ounce Grande Starbucks Mocha Frappuccino has 410 calories and 61 grams of sugar.” If you’re having one of these drinks every day, those calories will add up, she adds. “On the other hand, an 8-ounce cup of black coffee has just 5 calories.”

Your Memory Improves

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Coffee does have its positive effects on our body. In Japan, researchers have shown that caffeine increases memory. According to a study out of Johns Hopkins University, a 200mg caffeine pill helped boost memory consolidation.

You Have Diarrhea

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Caffeinated drinks have laxative potential, according to research. Consuming more than two or three cups of coffee daily may loosen stools and ultimately cause diarrhea.

You’re Addicted

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If you can’t leave your house without your morning cup, or you’re craving your mid-day energy fix, you may be addicted to caffeine. According to research, it is believed that three out of four regular caffeine users are addicted to the substance.