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Caffeine: Is it safe?
Moderate dose of caffeine: Two to four cups of brewed coffee a day, 200-300 milligrams.
Beverages containing Caffeine: Coffee, Tea, Soft drinks, Energy drinks.
Health effects of Caffeine: Stimulates central nervous system, Increases wakefulness, Alleviates fatigue.
Caffeine Overdose: More than 500-600 mg per day.
Caffeine Overdose results in a state termed as over stimulation of central nervous system (CNS), also called as caffeine intoxication or the "caffeine jitters".
Symptoms of caffeine overdose: Restlessness, Insomnia, Irritability, Sleep problems.
Herbal supplements/ medications that interfere with caffeinated food and beverages and leads to adverse effects:
Antibiotics – Ciprofloxacin, Norfloxacin, Theophylline, Echinacea, a herbal supplement for cold.
Treatment of caffeine habituation:
Keep a record of your caffeine intake, Cut back your caffeine drinks, gradually try to switch over to decaffeinated beverages, Choose herbal tea, Look for caffeine free pain relievers.
So have your cup of coffee but don’t get addicted to it!